UACCM Nursing Program Transfers Needed Supplies to UAMS


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Vice Chancellor for Academic Services Diana Arn transfer medical supplies to a UAMS representative. 
The nursing program at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton transferred a cache of medical supplies to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

In a parking lot at UACCM’s University Center, Vice Chancellor for Academic Services Diana Arn and Nursing Instructor Sarah Koch met a UAMS supply chain representative and transferred the supplies. The items included surgical masks, shoe covers, bonnets, gowns, gloves, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes.

It’s one sign of a larger community collaborating and combining resources to combat the outbreak and support health care workers. Behind the scenes, Chancellor Lisa Willenberg emailed Dr. Cam Patterson, chancellor of UAMS, to offer the supplies. Patterson responded enthusiastically, as administrators and medical personnel at UAMS has broadcasted the need of more personal protective equipment for the hospital. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on medical centers across the country, resulting in a shortage of supplies like masks, gloves, and eyewear. In some cases, people are stealing these items from hospitals, leading administrators to keep them locked.

UACCM is monitoring guidance and best practices from local, state, and federal agencies and will share updates or modification as information becomes available. 

For more information about UACCM’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, visit uaccm.edu.

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