UofSC Med School in Greenville, United Way and Prisma Health Partner on COVID-19 Supplies Drive

Staff Report From Greenville CEO

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

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.