Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa—When UnityPoint Trinity Muscatine Hospital began requesting donations of personal protective equipment and other supplies to help deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, Desiree Demers, a nursing instructor at Muscatine Community College, knew her department could assist them. “We at Muscatine Community College understood that there was a shortage in supplies right here at our own local hospital, particularly those pertaining to safety, so we were happy to donate anything we could,” she shared.

With students currently learning from home, Demers and others in the nursing program knew that supplies usually used in the school’s medical assistant and nursing labs to give students realistic practice could help meet the hospitals needs. Demers went through each lab and collected alcohol swabs, gloves, isolation gowns, sterile gloves, and surgical masks.

With the help of her coworkers and several of their children home from school, Demers delivered all of the supplies to UnityPoint Trinity Muscatine Hospital to keep them available for local healthcare workers. “Everything donated from Muscatine Community College stayed local and went to Trinity Muscatine hospital for the needs of our community,” explained Demers.”

Demers and her colleagues valued the opportunity to donate such a wide variety of supplies to local healthcare professionals, especially since the hospital partners closely with them to give students valuable hands on learning opportunities. “It felt amazing being able to give back to the hospital that does so much for our college in their time of need, recalls Demer: “Trinity Muscatine allows students from Muscatine Community College’s nursing and medical assisting programs to come on site and shadow its current medical staff.  This allows our students to get the real-world training that they need before they enter the workforce. Trinity Muscatine’s commitment to the college and the community are always appreciated.”

Following the donation, Demers said the hospital felt very grateful and looks forward to putting the supplies to good use. If your business has items to donate as well, contact Trinity Muscatine Public health at 563-263-0122.

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