Mercer University School of Medicine Contributes Resources to COVID-19 Effort
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
Mercer University School of Medicine is pouring its resources into the fight against COVID-19 in Georgia.
Mercer recently donated a total of 300 disposable N95 masks to Navicent Health, Coliseum Medical Centers and Central Georgia Cancer Care.
The School also notified the Department of Community Health of several ventilators available for use.
While Mercer Medicine physicians were caring for patients on the front lines of the pandemic, School of Medicine students volunteered in the state’s Southeast Regional Health District, where they were trained to collect viral specimens at the district’s drive-thru testing site and assisted with callbacks to tested patients.
Elsewhere, students assisted the American Red Cross with a regional blood drive.
Faculty physicians volunteered to supervise residents as part of a COVID-19 response team, while Division of Biomedical Sciences professors collaborated to produce educational information for the public on the new coronavirus.
Last week, the Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center, housed in the School of Medicine, held a training session to prepare for the rollout of a free telemedicine platform for rural physicians across the state.
“Mercer University School of Medicine faculty, staff and students are committed in every way possible to serve our state in this crisis,” said Dean Jean Sumner, M.D., F.A.C.P.