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RUSM Colleagues Stepped up to Provide Vaccination Care

RUSM Colleagues Stepped up to Provide Vaccination Care

Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) colleagues Drs. Hilary Moore, Stephanie Date and Kimberley Banfield didn’t think twice when called to assist the Barbados Ministry of Health and Wellness in providing COVID-19 vaccines and care to those in the community.

“When we were asked to help in an overburdened health system, our locally registered medical doctors graciously stepped forward,” said Dr. Rhonda McIntyre, associate dean of Medical Sciences about Dr. Moore, who is an assistant professor and emergency-room physician; and Drs. Date and Banfield, who are instructors of medical anatomy. “As physicians, we understand the urgent need to address healthcare shortages. Our compassionate staff understands the demands and has volunteered their time.”

Since February, the selfless trio has worked tirelessly every weekend, and some weekdays, to provide data collection, screen and monitor patients, administer vaccines and travel to nearby communities. They also organized a clinic at the Barbados Council for the Disabled, in which they vaccinated over 150 members of the disabled community. The team now manages its own mobile vaccination team with Dr. Moore leading the charge, under the direction of the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

“It is exhausting but rewarding work and we are so grateful that RUSM has encouraged us and allowed us to continue these efforts,” Dr. Date said. “We are now best friends with several Barbados Defense Force workers who keep us well protected.”

Thank you to our colleagues and many others who continue to support the health and wellness of our Barbados community.