What started as a project by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee employees to collect school supplies for students at Palmer Elementary School, took a turn when they learned that the school had a greater need for supplies for its clinic.
“Our employees collected 19 bins of supplies, which were delivered to Palmer Elementary and two other rural schools,” said Dr. Andrea Willis, chief medical officer for BlueCross. “They were very generous and enthusiastic about filling a real need that these schools had and to ensure the nurses had the necessary supplies to care for the students.”
Supplies included standard items such as bandages, rubbing alcohol, cotton swabs and rubber gloves. But, Palmer Elementary also received a wheelchair, crutches, and a new examination table.
School nurses estimated the supplies could keep their clinics stocked for as long as two years.
In addition to the clinic supplies, the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation is supplying Palmer Elementary School with a grant to purchase emergency epinephrine injectors to treat allergic shock.
The supplies were collected by BlueCross Total Health Management and BlueCare Tennessee employees and delivered on September 28, by Willis and Rodney Woods, BlueCross vice president and chief clinical engineer.