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Donate PPE to Assist Abilene-Area Physicians & Healthcare Workers During Pandemic

Donate PPE to Assist Abilene-Area Physicians & Healthcare Workers During Pandemic

WHAT: Big Country-area residents and companies are urged to join the fight to care for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) patients, during this pandemic. The Big Country County Medical Society is hosting a donation drive to collect personal protective equipment (PPE) to aid local physicians during the coronavirus pandemic. Items needed are unopened packages of N-95 face masks, paper masks and face shields, disposable gowns, disposable gloves, and shoe covers.

WHEN: TUESDAY, MARCH 31st 12 pm-6 pm

WHERE: Big Country County Medical Society, 402 Cypress St., Ste. 123, Abilene

WHO: Donations will protect physicians on the front lines caring for patients at several area clinics and health care institutions, including Hendrick Medical Center, Abilene Diagnostic Center, Abilene Regional Medical Center, and Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District. The drive is sponsored by the Big Country County Medical Society and Big Country County Medical Society Alliance.

WHY: Lack of suitable PPE is one of the most urgent problems physicians and local medical care providers and the entire Texas health care system face in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. In a March 24 statement, Texas Medical Association President David C. Fleeger, MD, applauded Governor Abbott’s call for industries cross Texas to donate these critical supplies. Dental offices, med spas, nail salons, construction companies, auto body shops, and any other businesses with new and unopened PPE are urged to donate.

John Cole, DO, Big Country County Medical Society President, said, “In our continuing preparedness for the COVID-19 crisis, we are asking for your help if your business has unopened protective equipment. Our physician offices and local hospitals have limited supplies of protective gear to protect physicians, nurses, providers, and staff. Thank you for your help in advance to protect our caregivers on the frontlines of fighting this virus.”

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 53,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

Abilene Contacts:

Susan Cannan, Big Country County Medical Society executive vice president, (325) 673-5861 or,

Purvi Shah, President of the BCCMS Alliance,

Texas Medical Association contacts:

Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email:

Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; email:

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