L-R: Cadet Battalion Commander Ethan Blackie, Cadet Command Sergeant Major Erik Hicks, and Cadet Tyler Glunt, ROTC Faculty member J.D. Walker, and VA Physician Dr. Keith Parowski
Students and faculty from Saint Francis University donated much-needed medical supplies to the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona on Tuesday. Dr. Jill Cavalet, a faculty member in the Physician Assistant Program at the University, recently reached out to Dr. Keith Parowski to inquire about the center’s need for medical supplies. The center indicated that their stock of supplies was low, and resupply has been exceptionally slow due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Physician Assistant Program was assisted by U.S. Army Warrior Battalion member Tyler Glunt, cadet Battalion Commander Ethan Blackie and Command Sergeant Major Erik Hicks, who were excited to help out in this time of need. ROTC faculty member J.D. Walker oversaw the mission to deliver the supplies, and VA Volunteer Services Officer John Clay, was there to receive the precious cargo.
The James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center and the Saint Francis Physician Assistant Program have a long relationship of working together. Dr. Parowski has precepted PA students at the VA hospital for many years, always ensuring they have an interesting and beneficial experience. But, as Dr. Cavalet points out, these clinical experiences also provide students an opportunity to interact with veterans, and to learn more about their needs and the care that the VA provides.
Physician Assistant Program Director and retired Army veteran Dr. Carrie Beebout echoed Dr. Cavalet’s sentiment saying “The VA Center has been so supportive of our program, it is nice to be able to return the favor.” The students and faculty members were happy to be able to deliver the supplies to the center, with the knowledge that this donation will help those who have served this great nation.