Students from Georgia Health Sciences University and University of Georgia’s Medical Partnership (GHSU/UGA) who volunteer at Mercy Health Center purchased various medical supplies for the clinic with the money they raised at a charity golf tournament in April 2011.
The GHSU/UGA Medical Partnership students decided to host an event that would raise money for Mercy. About 60 golfers participated in the tournament, including physicians and other friends. The students were graciously supported by many organizations in the community, including sponsorships from restaurants such as Butt Hutt BBQ and Fox’s Pizza.
The golf tournament was a great success, and the students raised about $10,000. A large portion of these proceeds went to medical supplies for Mercy. These supplies included a computer that will enable Mercy to keep electronic health records, a new scale and various disposable medical supplies that will be used on a day-to-day basis. These supplies were on a wish list that Mercy complied, and the students were proud to be able to purchase every item listed.
“We are really glad we can have a positive effect on the community that’s been giving to us,” Mercy Health Center Student Coordinator, Amy Martin said. Amy and the other students were excited to come present the new supplies to Mercy this week.
The new medical supplies are not the only way these GHSU/UGA Medical Partnership students have helped Mercy; they come to Mercy two Wednesday nights every month to help with additional patients from the clinic. GHSU/UGA Medical Partnership’s Chair of Clinical Sciences, Dr. Terrence Steyer, said volunteering at Mercy is a great opportunity for the students to learn how a team works together to give effective healthcare. Mercy Health Center greatly appreciates all of the support from the GHSU/UGA Medical Partnership student volunteers and hopes to continue working with them for many years to come.