FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           4/10/2020

                                                                                                            (By Lisa Garrett)            

PENDLETON --- Over the past week Surgical Technology Program Director Denelle White gathered precious personal protective equipment (PPE) from her lab inventory at Tri-County Technical College and made two separate donations to AnMed Health.

“That’s what we teach in the surgical world -- we are one big medical family and we work as a team,” said White, who gathered surplus supplies from her department’s storage room. 

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis, all of Tri-County’s classes shifted to an e-learning (online) format in mid-March.  Surgical Technology students are now doing simulated clinical work so these items were available.  White noted there is an adequate supply when students are back on campus.

On the first trip she delivered seven boxes of surgical masks, four boxes of unsterile gloves, 28 unsterile surgical gowns and two containers of hospital-grade Sani-Cloth wipes.  She delivered them to the designated distribution center for AnMed Health.

“They are desperate for these critical items and they are so appreciative of what we can give,” said White.  With the need still there, she returned a few days later with more supplies, which included 30 unsterile gowns, five containers of Sani- Cloth wipes, four boxes of unsterile gloves and 50 individual pairs of gloves.

AnMed Health is a longtime clinical partner of the College.  “Our students do their clinical training in AnMed’s OR,” said White. “We want to give back to a place where our students do their clinical rotations and often where they are later employed.  It’s just another way to work as partners,” she said.

Graduates of Tri-County Technical College’s Surgical Technology program maintain a 100 percent pass rate on the National Board Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting Certification Exam. 

The Surgical Technology program prepares students to serve as members of the surgical team through classroom and clinical experiences. Graduates work in hospital operating rooms, in labor and delivery, endoscopy, ambulatory centers and doctor’s offices.