This December, staff, faculty, and students from Ross Medical Education Center’s Granger, Indiana campus wanted to do more than just spread holiday cheer. In order to make that goal a reality, this holiday season, students from each of the classes: the Medical Assistant program, Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration program, Dental Assistant program, and Pharmacy Technician program decided to host a blood drive at their campus. Everyone worked together to give back to their community by donating blood to the South Bend Medical Foundation.
On Tuesday, December 1st, a 28 foot bloodmobile was sent to the campus for the drive. It was a special day, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Cynthia Tppman, Dental Assistant Program instructor, and Andrea Duncan, Career Services Student Support Representative. Because of their tight class schedules, students took time out of their personal breaks from class to give back and donate blood.
Another fun detail about the event was that a staff representative from the South Bend Medical Foundation was a 2012 graduate from the Ross campus. She was excited and proud to see the turnout and was able to give some advice to students about their careers and what it takes to succeed. There were other staff members that were on-hand helping students to get registered for the event and gather information. The experience was great for the students because they had a chance to see how they could work in their field of study in the future.
The South Bend Medical Foundation is already in contact with Ross Medical Education Center in Granger for another blood drive in early 2016. Students are excited to have a second chance to donate if they missed the first one.