Rotary District 6820 presented a check to OCH Regional Medical Center to assist with purchasing personal protective equipment for frontline employees caring for COVID-19 patients. The gift of $3,825 is part of a $25,000 contribution from Rotary International that was allocated to seven hospitals in the area.

“On behalf of OCH Regional Medical Center, I would like to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Rotary District 6820 for the donation to aid in our fight against COVID-19,” said OCH Administrator/CEO Jim Jackson. “The efforts made to secure this allocation of funds for OCH is appreciated. We thank Rotary District 6820 not only for the monetary donation, but also for the recognition and appreciation of OCH’s dedication to serve our community and its patients during these challenging times.”

With one of Rotary International’s primary causes to fight disease, the organization has donated more than $2 million to hospitals around the world to fight COVID-19.

“We are extremely grateful to Rotary District 6820 and to Rotarians Tom Johnson and Larry Mullins of Starkville for their efforts to direct these funds to OCH,” said Sid Salter, Starkville Rotary Club President. “Rotary International is an international service organization for whom healthcare is a major priority. In Starkville, I think we all appreciate the role that OCH plays in our community as a leader in all forms of healthcare and wellness. We hope these funds, in a small way, will assist in those efforts,” stated Salter.

Since April 3, OCH has admitted 37 COVID-19 patients to its facility. The Medical Center operates a six-bed ICU for COVID-19 patients, as well as isolated rooms on the hospital’s second floor.

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