Jackson Orthopedic Foundation lost a good friend and colleague last month. Dolores Beanland, one of the Foundation’s founding partners and long-time Board of Directors members, passed away on New Year’s Day following a brief COVID-related illness.
It would be an understatement to say that 2020 has been unprecedented – in fact, we hear that term so much that it hardly seems apt anymore to begin to describe the last 12 months. COVID-19 has been the grim centerpiece of much of that year, and, like many nonprofits, JOF has had to work hard to keep serving our constituents in this continually challenging environment.
However, thanks to you – our volunteers, donors, sponsors, students, preceptors, and team – we have weathered this storm. And we’re proud to say that we still managed to accomplish a fair amount.
We're happy to share that our six-week, summer Healthcare Immersion Program for 2020 was a success! Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, we were able to modify the program to include both in-clinic observation and online study to make it as engaging and informative as possible for participants, organizers, and preceptors alike.
We're excited to introduce our class of 2020, who recently began our summer Healthcare Immersion Program. The program, which provides college students with a unique, clinical immersion experience in healthcare, continues this year, although we've modified it a bit to accommodate COVID-19 health and safety protocols. As always, our students will only be observers in low-risk outpatient, orthopedic, elective care. and classroom settings.
This year's students are: Mahnoor Yousuf, Roxie Wiblin, Christian Roy, and Sarah Shandy. Our program coordinator once again is Jacob Geier.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.4 million health care workers — many of them nurses — were laid off or furloughed in April.
Our nurses are in trouble. Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, many nurses who treat patients living with muscle, bone and joint disorders are having their pay cut, or being laid off or furloughed. Orthopedic procedures have been canceled or delayed, and some medical practices have been forced to close.
Before COVID-19, there was a growing concern that many individuals who suffer from osteoporosis had experienced adverse issues with prescribed medications, and were therefore avoiding seeking treatment. Now, with the disruption to the health system by the pandemic, the situation has only gotten more complicated, and potentially dangerous, for these patients.
For that reason we thought it would be good to update our article from last year to include new clinical guidance on managing osteoporosis patients that takes the so-called "new normal" into account.
We're the staff and volunteers at Jackson Orthopedic Foundation, committed to improving the lives of patients with musculoskeletal conditions through education, research and service.