On Wednesday, Oct 4, Southern Grace Hospice and Palliative Care held a ceremony of gratitude for the Clayton State School of Nursing students and professors who provided medical relief to Hurricane Irma evacuees.
"What we received from the patients and staff at Southern Grace far outweighed anything we contributed," said Dr. Lisa Eichelberger, dean of the College of Health. "It was a joy to be there and I'm excited about our future opportunities with Southern Grace."
The group of nursing students and professors provided medical aid to evacuated patients from Savannah, Georgia on Sept 11 and 12.
Makeshift hospitals were set up at The Palms at Lake Spivey senior living facility in Jonesboro, Southern Grace Hospice & Palliative Care in McDonough, and Peterbilt Trucking Center in Jackson.
Volunteers conducted a number of clinical treatments, including wound care, dress changings, bed transfers and Foley care.
During the ceremony, students and professors were applauded for their willingness to help, their impeccable service and their excellent bedside manners.
Many of the patients expressed their gratitude to the Clayton State School of Nursing stating that the volunteers made them feel pampered, comfortable and valued.
Each of the volunteers was acknowledged and awarded a gift of appreciation from Southern Grace Hospice and Clayton State University.
Georgia state Rep. Derrick Jackson, D-64, was in attendance and conveyed appreciation to the School of Nursing for their remarkable efforts.
"Thank you for demonstrating that capacity that we call humanity, demonstrating that love and demonstrating that southern grace. On behalf of the state, thank you," he stated.
The group was also recognized by Gov. Nathan Deal who wrote a personalized letter of appreciation that was presented to the Clayton State School of Nursing at the ceremony.
"I commend Southern Grace Hospice, Clayton State School of Nursing and the many others in your community for answering the call to assist without hesitation," he wrote. "You never wavered and you made sure the patients and their families were all taken care of and for that, Georgia is grateful."