The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and United Way of Greenville County are partnering with Prisma Health to host a COVID-19 supply drive from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on April 16-18 at Greer Memorial and Patewood Memorial hospitals.
The three organizations will be accepting new, unopened disinfectant wipes, bottles of bleach, 16-ounce and 24-ounce trigger-spray bottles, surgical masks, N95 or KN95 masks, face shields and ear guards to give to community and health care partners such as organizations within Prisma Health, Greenville County Schools and Meals on Wheels.
“We are reaching out to the public in order to make sure that our community partners have adequate personal protective equipment, including gloves and masks,” Prisma Health-Upstate department of medicine vice chair of academics Dr. Alain Litwin said. “We really appreciate your donations.”
The items will be collected by drive-thru only. Donations should be placed in car trunks, where they can be safely removed by UofSC student volunteers wearing masks and gloves.
“Many medical students are sharing the pain of not being able to assist in the forefront of clinical care during this time,” said UofSC School of Medicine Greenville student Mina Rismani. “Volunteering for the PPE drive allows us to take a step out of the shadows and be productive contributors to the community’s response to COVID-19. Joining this effort makes me feel more connected to both the Upstate community and health industry, which is significant in a time of great disconnect due to social distancing.“