12/03/2007

Donations Welcome for MUSHROOM
WVU program provides basic medical care to the homeless

Donations to the WVU School of Medicine MUSHROOM program will ultimately help the homeless population in Morgantown.  The public is invited to donate basic care items, such as new socks, new or gently used sleeping bags, warm clothes, and non perishable food and hot drink mixes (cocoa and cider). 

Donations may be dropped off at the Clark K. Sleeth Family Medicine Center front desk.  The Family Medicine Center is located on the first floor of WVU Health Sciences Center.

Every other week WVU School of Medicine faculty and students offer needed medical care to the homeless in Morgantown through the MUSHROOM program.  MUSHROOM stands for Multidisciplinary UnSheltered Homeless Relief Outreach of Morgantown. 

Students carry medicine and medical monitoring devices while they’re making street rounds, but they also hand out necessities like socks, clothes, food, water and hot drinks.  Staying warm during the colder fall and winter months is difficult for Morgantown’s homeless population, so the basic care items are essential.  Items donated will be handed out during the bi-weekly street rounds. 

Every item that is donated also saves MUSHROOM money that could be spent on medicine and supplies. 

WVU School of Medicine faculty and students created the MUSHROOM program in 2005.  In the past two years volunteers have had more than 1000 client encounters, providing medical services on more than 200 occasions.  The value of those services is around $20,000.  
          
The MUSHROOM program received the 2006 Governor’s Service Award and the 2006 WVU School of Medicine’s Dean’s Award of Excellence for Community Service.  MUSHROOM also helped the WVU School of Medicine win the Association of American Medical College’s prestigious Community Service Award.

For more information on the WVU MUSHROOM program, visit http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/fammed/fmig.asp.

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For more information:
Emily Corio, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
corioe@wvuh.com
ec: 11-30-07

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