Reaching out to our colleagues in Joplin – how can you help?

Reaching out to our colleagues in Joplin – how can you help?

A destroyed helicopter lies on its side in the parking lot of the St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo.

Cate Loch, an AAMC family member for many years, now resides in Joplin, Mo.–and has reached out to AAMC to ask for our help.  She is working with the City of Joplin to collect gently used scrubs for the medical, dental and veterinarian staff who have lost their homes. 

As you may recall, on May 22, a powerful tornado killed at least 153 people, injured hundreds and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses, including  St. John’s Regional Medical Center.

AAMC’s own Julie Cannon, RN, grew up near Joplin. In her recent blog post (Support for tornado-devastated Joplin), she wrote about the health care providers of Joplin: “They are exhausted, but keep working. They are injured, and they keep working. They’ve lost their homes and they are still working. Being a caregiver is part of who they are. What the first responders are going through is beyond describable. Its heart-wrenching, emotionally devastating work.”

How can you help?

1. Donate your gently used scrubs between June 27 – July 11. Bring them to the Auxiliary Office, located behind the main information desk in Hospital Pavilion North.

2. Write a personal note, letter or card to let the Joplin residents know we have not forgotten them. Drop off your warm messages at the Auxiliary Office prior to July 11.

3. Make a financial donation. To donate to the Heart of Missouri United Way, visit  Text “JOPLIN” to 864833 to donate $10 right now. 100% of the donations are earmarked specifically to Joplin with zero overhead costs.

-Charlotte Wallace, RN


  1. Posted by Charlote Wallace on behalf of Cate Loch, at Reply

    AAMC has sent 2 huge boxes packed with scrubs that were left over from the Nursing Grand Rounds Scrub Swap. Those scrubs are already being used by our colleagues in Joplin.

  2. Posted by Charlote Wallace on behalf of Cate Loch, at Reply

    Count of staff members who have lost their homes is now around 450. Received this posting on “Scrubs for Joplin” facebook page. She had asked if we could get OR hats for women –

    “Most of the OR staff lost all they had because we can’t retrieve from our locker room, that was destroyed. Thanks for helping. God Bless!”
    – Cate Loch

  3. Posted by Charlotte Wallace, at Reply

    From AAMC, official Facebook page from Cate Cassel Loch: I met a young lady today wearing a hospital I.D. They had lost their home in the tornado. After telling her about the Scrubs for Joplin program she gave me her contact information. She will be here tomorrow to choose some replacement scrubs from the second shipment. “Paying it Forward” AAMC style!! Thank you!!

    From AAMC’s official Facebook page from Cate Cassel Loch: Over 300 staff members from our two hospitals lost their homes. The medical community as a whole took a big hit, dozens of medical office complexes no longer exist. I’ve heard two versions, either 21 or 24 out of 29 dentist offices were destroyed.

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