MUSC alumni on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic

June 01, 2020

We asked you to share pictures and stories of your experiences on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are some of the responses we’ve received so far. 

Theresa Morgan | College of Nursing, BSN, 1999

Blessed to have been able to share and deliver hundreds of goggles, masks, & Tyveks to MUSC courtesy of the generous employers and employees of CatCon business.

Leon F. Vinci | College of Health Professions, DHA, 2005

Leon Vinci

Talking about the COVID-19 community public health response with Dr. Leon Vinci and Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea (VA).

Madelaine Koon | College of Nursing, BSN, 2017

Melanie Koon

I am a general medicine nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital. Ten of my coworkers, along with nearly 300 other floor nurses, have volunteered to be redeployed to the ICU. Seeing the entire hospital come together as a team to fight COVID-19 is inspiring and special. My generous nursing director, Marie Borgella, bought us all caps to wear at work to stay united and protect ourselves. I wish all of my fellow MUSC alumni wellness and safety during this time.

James G. Padgett Jr. | College of Dental Medicine, DMD, 1973

Dr. Chris Collins is in the Air National Guard and is deployed in Kuwait until July. I am seeing his patients, but we shut down until we can return.

Shakira Lynn | College of Nursing, DNP, 2015

Lynn Shakira

I’m working in college health providing care to students during this crisis. I’m also teaching in a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing program, preparing our next generation of nurses.

Anthony Poole | College of Health Professions, PA-C, 2009

Anthony Poole

Anthony Poole, PA-C, is the chief clinical and quality officer at Fetter Health Care Network in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. He has been working with Charleston and Berkeley County officials to increase access to COVID-19 testing. Earlier this month, Poole and the team at Fetter were able to open a drive-thru testing site in Moncks Corner, S.C. that has increased access to the test in more rural parts of the state. They are currently testing around 50 patients per day and continuing to educate the public about the importance of social distancing, hygiene, and other public health efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Caroline M. Wright | College of Nursing, 2018

Caroline Wright

Submitted by Caroline’s proud parents to “acknowledge her heroism while simultaneously giving MUSC College of Nursing recognition for graduating some of the most outstanding, well-prepared nurses in the medical profession.”

Caroline M. Wright, an honor graduate of the MUSC College of Nursing Class of 2018 (May) volunteered and is serving as a COVID-19 frontline health care nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, New York. Caroline on a daily basis tends to the medical needs of COVID patients requiring respirators.

Dr. Sydney L. Hammond | College of Health Professions, Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2019

College of Health Professions Alumni Council Member


Since graduating last year, I have been working as a physical therapist in the Charleston area...until COVID-19 lead to a drop in caseload. Since being faced with an unexpected amount of free time, I have adopted a cat and started working part-time at a local blood bank that is working to collect samples and track antibody response to the virus for research purposes...not exactly PT related, but it’s nice to feel like I am contributing in some way. While, like everyone else, this wasn't exactly what I had planned, I am hoping get back to the clinical side of healthcare and was just accepted to a residency program --- that has now been postponed until 2021. That being said, I am celebrating the wins as they come and the postponement may mean that I can be physically present for the meeting this summer.

Dr. Catherine O. Durham | MUSC College of Nursing DNP, 2012

Mobilized with the Navy Reserves in Support of COVID19 response in New York City; Serving as the Senior Nurse Executive

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