Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center received a generous donation of 50 work aprons for their nursing staff from Ace Home Center of Ahoskie and Murfreesboro. During this very stressful time for all healthcare workers, Ace has helped make RCCHC’s nurses’ jobs that much easier by letting them be "hands free" while working outdoors to care for patients during "Curbside" Video Visits.
In order to protect patients and community members from the spread of COVID-19, RCCHC began offering most services through "telehealth" – essentially, medical care delivered via a patients’ computer or phone. Unfortunately, like most rural regions of the country, many people in RCCHC's service area of Hertford, Bertie, Northampton, Washington and Gates counties lack access to high-speed internet, or don’t have the equipment or technological know-how to complete a Video Visit from their home. RCCHC's solution is to offer "Curbside" Visits in clinic parking lots where patients are able to have a video visit with their provider from the safety of their vehicle, through an Ipad and Wi-Fi connection provided by the health center. Staff are also available to help patients with any technological difficulties during the visit.
Another benefit of Curbside Visits is that nursing staff is able to take vital signs of patients to get a fuller picture of their health. However, with the popularity of the curbside visits, nursing staff was moving in and out of the clinics frequently, and the equipment needed to take vital signs was both inconvenient to transport and at risk of being damaged during adverse weather.
This is where Ace Home Center of Ahoskie and Murfreesboro stepped in.
RCCHC Practice Administrator of Murfreesboro and Woodland Primary Care, Erica Powell, initially went to Ace with the idea to purchase a few work aprons for her nursing staff to help make it easier to carry their equipment and keep it safe. They were such a hit that RCCHC was prepared to purchase enough aprons for the entire nursing staff, but instead Ace generously offered to cover the need by donating 50.
Of the donation, owner of Ace Home Center of Ahoskie and Murfreesboro, Jamie Johnson, said, "We did it for the community and healthcare workers on the front lines. I think all businesses and individuals have an obligation to help out their community any way we can. If the donation from ACE helped RCCHC's nurses, that's what matters."
“Community partnerships mean everything towards RCCHC’s mission, especially now as we are re-tooling how to take care of our patients and keep everyone safe.” Said RCCHC CEO, Kim Schwartz. “Ace always steps up when it comes to community – and we are so grateful for this generous donation.”
RCCHC thanks Ace for stepping up yet again to support not only their nursing staff, but the health of our entire community.