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Michelle Aliprantis, MBA
Regional Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications

Bucks County Community College Nursing Students Participate at Lower Bucks Hospital Vaccination Clinic

Bristol, PA (March 31, 2021) – Bucks County Community College (BCCC) Practical Nursing students were provided an opportunity to serve others and work towards ending the pandemic by providing vaccination support to Lower Bucks Hospital’s vaccination clinic.

The hospital had four nursing students and a nursing instructor helping end the public health crisis by participating in vaccination deployment. The opportunities have been created through the Practical Nursing program at the Bucks County Community College.

“It’s going really well – very positive. The community is excited that we are here. They are really happy about getting vaccinated, ” said Natalie Coyle, Bucks County Community College LPN student.

The Students have been partnering with Lower Bucks Hospital in vaccinating over 250 community members a day.

“It really makes you happy to do it. You see the positive feedback from the community right away,” said Mariam Cooper, Bucks County Community College LPN student.

“We could not be more appreciative and prouder of how our nursing students have helped Lower Bucks Hospital’s clinic,” said Jim Sell, Campus Dean, Bucks County Community College’s Gene & Marlene Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks. “Hats off as well to our nursing program leaders and faculty who have pulled out all the stops to keep our students on track.”

Students were reassigned from other clinical assignments to participate in this historic undertaking. Additional students will have opportunities to assist at other area vaccine clinics throughout Bucks County.

Lea Rodriquez, Chief Nursing Officer, Lower Bucks Hospital, commented, “We are extremely grateful for the partnership with the Bucks County Community College. Our staff is focused on providing patient care – so to have faculty and nursing students available to help us in the clinic is wonderful. It is so important for this initiative to move quickly and help get the vaccinations to as many individuals as we can.”

For instructors like Carol Gillis, from the Health Sciences Department,  this is an unbelievable opportunity for her students. “This is a nursing instructor’s dream come true to have the opportunity for your students to participate in a history-making event like this, and its wonderful to be able to serve this community.”

The students were at the hospital from 7a.m. to 3p.m. and the clinic will be open for the remainder of the second doses from 7a.m. to 4p.m. during the week. Appointment slots are not open to the public but are based on referrals from Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership (BCHIP).

The hospital registration is closed at this time, but you can register at other vaccine clinic locations by visiting the Bucks County Department of Health website. Residents without internet access can call: 1-800-383-0371.

Lower Bucks Hospital strongly advises everyone to continue to take steps to limit the spread of the virus and reduce strain on our healthcare workers. These actions include wearing a mask when leaving home, limiting interactions with those outside your immediate household, keeping a physical distance of at least six feet apart, avoiding non-essential travel, and getting the COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible.

Helpful COVID-19 and Vaccine Informational Links:

· Bucks County DOH

· Montgomery County DOH

· Delaware County DOH

· New Jersey DOH

About Lower Bucks Hospital: Lower Bucks Hospital is community hospital, serving the Lower Bucks County region with medical, surgical, and emergency care. Lower Bucks Hospital is a 150-bed acute care teaching hospital that offers both clinical expertise and quality care to all patients. Located in historic Bristol, Pennsylvania, the Hospital is well-known for its knowledgeable medical staff, including cardiology, orthopedics, wound care, physical therapy, radiology, and general surgery. The hospital has more than 200 physicians on staff, as well as another 700 employees.

As a member of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Lower Bucks Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology. Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 46 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County, and Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol.