GREENVILLE, SC – The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and United Way of Greenville County are teaming up with Prisma Health to help ensure community partners and healthcare partners have the supplies they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Partners are asking the community to help by donating new, unopened supplies and personal protective equipment. Items requested include disinfectant wipes, unopened bottles of bleach, 16-ounce and 24-ounce trigger-spray bottles. Also requested for donation are surgical masks, N95 or KN95 masks, face shields and ear guards.
The COVID-19 drive-through donations drop-offs will run this Thursday, April 16, through Saturday, April 18, at Greer Memorial Hospital and Patewood Memorial Hospital. The events will be 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on those days. To protect the donors and student volunteers, collections will be drive-through only. The donated items should be placed in car trunks, where they will be removed by volunteers wearing masks and gloves.
For medical school students such as Allie Conry, an incoming first-year student, “I wanted to be a part of the donations drive-through in order to help support our community-based organizations. In this unprecedented time of uncertainty, it is important to come together and support our community in whatever way we can.”
“By helping organize this drive, I hope to give community members a safe way to show their support and know that they can also make a difference in the response to COVID-19,” said Conry.
“Throughout this crisis, the people of Greenville County continue to step up and ask how they can help,” said Meghan Barp, president and CEO of United Way of Greenville County. “This supply drive will allow essential community programs to safely continue their work, and help keep our community moving forward,” said Barp.
Said Prisma Health’s Dr. Alain Litwin, “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. We really appreciate your donations. Litwin is vice chair of academics for the Prisma Health-Upstate’s Department of Medicine.
For more information on Prisma Health’s COVID-19 response, visit www.PrismaHealth.org/coronavirus.
About the UofSC School of Medicine Greenville
The School of Medicine Greenville is a partnership between the state’s largest university, the University of South Carolina (UofSC), and one of the largest health systems in the Southeast, Prisma Health. Located within the Prisma Health Upstate Memorial Hospital campus, the medical school graduated its first physician class in spring 2016. This “different school of thought” is dedicated to providing exceptional training for new physicians in transforming healthcare delivery. Learn more at greenvillemed.sc.edu.
About United Way of Greenville County
United Way fights for the education, income and health of every person in our community. As a funder, partner and convener, we work with the entire community to bring together resources, focus investments, and foster partnerships that create lasting solutions to our community’s most pressing problems. Join the fight for a stronger Greenville County at unitedwaygc.org.
About Prisma Health
Prisma Health is a not-for-profit health company and South Carolina’s largest private employer. With nearly 30,000 team members, 18 hospitals, 2,984 beds and more than 300 physician practice sites, Prisma Health serves more than 1.2 million unique patients annually. Its goal is to improve the health of all South Carolinians by enhancing clinical quality, the patient experience and access to affordable care, as well as conducting clinical research and training the next generation of medical professionals. For more information, visit PrismaHealth.org.