Joplin nurse thanks AAMC – hundreds of donated scrubs “a Godsend”

Joplin nurse thanks AAMC – hundreds of donated scrubs “a Godsend”

On May 22, Andrea Queen, RN, lost everything in her work locker as a powerful tornado ripped through Joplin, MO and destroyed St. John’s Regional Medical Center. 

Like thousands of her neighbors, Andrea’s home was flattened and both family vehicles were destroyed—they were flung into her bathroom by the force of the winds. She and her family survived the storm by taking refuge in a crawl space.

Today, she is surrounded by neat piles of hundreds of scrubs.

“They are a Godsend,” she says as she sifts through bins of donated scrubs—over 450 tops, pants, and jackets—all donated by AAMC staff in response to the needs of our colleagues in Joplin. This great initiative was led by Julie Cannon, RN and Charlotte Wallace, RN, who started raising awareness among our staff just days after the tornado struck in May. See their Blog entries: Support for tornado-devastated Joplin; Reaching out to our colleagues in Joplin – how can you help?

St. John’s is currently working out of M.A.S.H. style tents and numerous medical offices have reopened in home garages.

“A huge thank you to those who took the time out of their busy lives to touch the life of a stranger,” says Charlotte.

You can follow Andrea’s progress and gratitude on Facebook, join the group Scrubs for Joplin.

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