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UF Medical Guild awards funding for AEDs, CPR training in East Gainesville

The UF Medical Guild has awarded grant funding to 14 nonprofit organizations to support communitywide health and wellness
projects, including one aimed at helping improve survival rates from Sudden Cardiac Arrest in East Gainesville.

The UF Health Chest Pain Center, in coordination with the UF Health PulsePoint task force, applied for the grant to increase
bystander CPR rates and sudden cardiac arrest survival in an area of Alachua County with the lowest rates of bystander CPR and few automated external defibrillators, or AEDs.

While the American Heart Association recommends an AED be available within a three-minute radius, there are few registered AEDs east of Main Street in Gainesville, but more than 240 to the west.

The grassroots program received $3,800 and organizers will hold CPR training events, install AEDs and promote awareness of the need for bystander CPR as well as accept applications from businesses, churches or organizations in the area to install AEDs for free.

UF College of Dentistry earns fifth consecutive award for diversity

The UF College of Dentistry has received the 2019 Health
Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

The HEED Award is a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. This is the fifth consecutive year the college has been named as a HEED Award recipient.

UF Health Clothes Closet provides clothing for patients in need. 

When patients’ clothing is damaged during medical emergencies, they often call on family or friends to bring them a change of clothes before discharge. However  not all patients can rely on outside parties for help. The UF Health Clothes Closet wa created for this reason, so that no patient will be discharged without appropriate attire.

UF Health is partnering with GatorCare and HealthStreet to pilot a used clothing drive to provide clothing for patients in need. The UF Health Clothes Closet opened Oct. 28 and will remain open through the end of December.

Donation containers are located on nursing units in n-patient areas. The bins have a UF Health Clothes Closet sign on them.

Here’s a list of needed donations:

  • T-shirts (short or long sleeves)
  • Pants or shorts (elastic waistbands preferred but not required)
  • Jackets, sweaters or sweatshirts
  • Bras or sports bras