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Students and Graduates Volunteer for Patients

Dec 30, 2013

The surgical technology program at the Lexington Campus is involved in a worthwhile charity that provides invaluable training for the second-year students as well as graduates.  ‘Surgery on Sundays’ is a non-profit organization that was started in 2005 by Lexington surgeon, Dr. Andrew Moore.

Dr. Moore and his colleagues had long realized that there was a critical need for financially-strapped individuals to be able to receive what were frequently life-saving surgeries, so he set the wheels in motion.  The actual surgeon’s time notwithstanding, there are also the myriad of support services involved – anesthesia, surgical technologists, operating rooms, hospital fees – not to mention other support staff and services.  ‘Surgery on Sundays’ is now a thriving organization and has full support from St. Joseph Hospital, numerous surgeons from many disciplines, as well as free hotel accommodations from participating hotels in the area.  This wonderful organization is now beginning in the Louisville, KY area and will continue to grow in the future.

Jennifer Schnelle, surgical technology instructor, has been instrumental in providing student volunteers, as well as a number of graduates from our program – some of whom have been volunteering for more than a year and plan to continue their service. Not only are the students able to participate in patient prep, assist during surgeries, and help in post-operative duties; they are able to experience first-hand just how wonderful volunteerism can actually be. Jennifer said, “Compassion is just as important as any technical skill.”

Pictured (l) to (r): student Marissa Calderon-Figueroa, Tracy Hagar (volunteer), student Amy Evans, and Melissa Barron (volunteer).

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