January 15, 2021
Two Class of 2022 students, Gabriela Colon and Tayina Gilles, were assigned to the PATCHES PPEC (Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care) facility in Fort Pierce for their Community Medicine course. PATCHES offers parents the peace of mind brought about by a program staffed by health care professionals who are expertly trained in the care of children with both sub-acute and chronic conditions. The center is fully equipped and staffed to accommodate children who require the support of ventilators, tracheotomies, oxygen therapy, and feeding tubes, or who have other special medical needs. Supportive therapies, respiratory care, educational programming, and door-to-door transportation are provided. They also provide an onsite playground, and daily enrichment programs. Their goal is to help each child reach his or her potential safely, in a fun-filled caring environment.
The two medical students working there were very moved by the amazing encouragement the staff provides to the children. Upon seeing the needs of the children and the facility, they organized an online fundraiser. In just a few days, they raised over $1600 dollars and used it to purchase supplies for PATCHES.
In photo, L-R: Class of 2022 students Maria Badino, Gabriela Colon. Tayina Gilles