Foundation, SPIRIT Buy Equipment for Polk School Nurses


Polk Healthcare Foundation and SPIRIT, an employee-based giving program at Polk Medical Center, combined to provide $3,600 for equipment needed by the school nurse program at Polk County Schools.

The money went toward the purchase of otoscopes, pulse oximeters and medical grade thermometers. An otoscope is a lighted tool that lets a health care provider see inside the ear. An oximeter measures the oxygen level of the blood.

Matt Gorman, Polk Medical Center Administrator, sees the relationship with the school system as an extension of the care provided by the hospital every day.

“Partnerships like this one with Polk County Schools are key to helping us carry our mission at Polk Medical Center,” Gorman said.

The partnership is providing 10 nurses for the school system, one at each elementary, middle and high school.

The partnership with Polk Medical Center and Floyd Corporate Health, which trains the nurses, is a win-win situation for his students, said Greg Teems the interim superintendent for Polk County schools.

Lindsay Smith, SPIRIT co-chair at Polk Medical Center, said it was not difficult to get her co-workers to give.

“It’s easy to get them to donate when…

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