KSU nursing staff helps out
The nursing faculty at the Kent State Salem Campus recently demonstrated that compassion and care by delivering food to frontline workers at local healthcare facilities. Dr. Mary Lou Ferranto, professor and coordinator of the BSN nursing program, noted that the staff organized an “adopt a hospital” effort and then picked up and delivered a total of 890 pepperoni rolls to various facilities that support the Salem Campus nursing program. Faculty members delivered 500 pepperoni rolls to Salem Regional Medical Center; 50 to Caprice Health Care Center; 110 to Akron Children’s Hospital in Boardman; 120 to Mercy Hospital’s OB unit; and 110 to various units at Mercy Health Care. Danielle Baker-Rose, from the Student Accessibility Services office for Kent State Columbiana County, baked and donated 250 frosted sugar cookies to SRMC, while nursing instructor Sarah Pierce-Brown donated meals to the ICUs at Mercy Hospital in Youngstown. The extension of caring also came from students through fundraising by the Students for Professional Nursing club, which helped offset the cost of the donations. Other funds were raised through a GoFundMe account that generated monetary donations from Salem Campus employees. Ferranto expressed appreciation to Bellaria Pizza in Boardman for being part of the project and offering the pepperoni rolls at an affordable price.