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The University of South Alabama Stanton Road Clinic recently hosted a coat drive, collecting over 500 coats, gloves, hats and scarves.
Ali Shropshire, family medicine practitioner and nurse manager at Stanton Road Clinic, said the purpose of the drive was to address the needs of the patients seen at the clinic. “Many of our patients often have to decide between paying for their medicine or groceries,” she said. “Last winter, we noticed a need for cold weather clothing items for many of our patients. This year we decided to fulfill those needs within the walls of our clinic.”
USA Health employees were urged to drop off their gently used items at one of the four drop-off locations in an effort to create a coat closet at the clinic. “If one of our staff members recognizes a patient in need of cold weather clothing, they will notify the supervisor who will then assist them in getting the clothing they need,” Shropshire said.
Shropshire said she is touched by the outpouring of support from USA Health. “Many of our patients live in the community surrounding USA Medical Center and Stanton Road Clinic,” she said. “This coat drive speaks to the quality of employees we have at USA and how much they care about taking care of the surrounding community. Stanton Road Clinic is built on a team of dreamers and doers. Through our teamwork we are able to create programs that truly benefit our patients.”
The Stanton Road Clinic will be hosting a health fair in early 2018 that also will provide community members with coats.
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