tbtbxz · 2021-02-03

Community comes to aid of medical mission

Local physicians and health-care providers have proved a slowing economy is no impediment to generosity.

Kim Buckley, an intensive-care nurse and nurse educator at the North Simcoe Hospital Alliance’s Huronia District Hospital site, will be heading to the Dominican Republic later this month on a medical mission with Dr. Marty McNamara.

The pair wrote to local physicians and approached various hospital departments asking for assistance in collecting medical supplies for the trip.

The outpouring, said Buckley, left her in awe.

“It’s just been completely outstanding, and I am in awe of the people that work at the hospital,” she said. “There are good things going on (at the hospital) and good things going on in our community.

“People are coming up and offering supplies,” she continued. “All I had to do was mention it and people bent over backwards…. Every department in our facility has dug into their pockets.”

The pharmacy donated medications; the central dispatch department pulled together a variety of old surgical instruments no longer being used in the hospital; linen supply offered old bed sheets and patient gowns.

Local pharmacies and physician offices have also stepped up to provide boxes of materials and medications.

“It’s a great community outpouring,” Buckley said. “We’re able to see beyond what’s going on in our own town.”

Buckley and McNamara, along with other volunteers, were at Georgian College in Barrie on April 5 packing up donated supplies. They leave for the trip April 28.

nmillion@simcoe.com