The surgical technology students at the University of Saint Francis are celebrating National Surgical Technologist Week, September 19th through 25th with a mock surgery and canned food drive.
The public was invited to watch the mock surgery Wednesday, September 22nd from noon to 12:45 p.m. to raise awareness of the role of surgical technologists. The mock surgery was held on the second floor foyer of the Pope John Paul II Center on the USF campus, 2701 Spring Street. Attendees were asked to bring canned goods to donate in support of a critical need in the city’s food banks and soup kitchens.
The food drive is in coordination of the university’s “Worth Our Weight in Food” campaign from September 13 through November 15. The university aims to raise 56,000 pounds of food. In addition to bringing canned goods to the mock surgery, drop off locations are also located around the USF campus and also at the Apple Glen Wal-Mart.
“Surgical technologists are crucial members of the surgical team, working closely with surgeons, registered nurses and anesthesiologists to provide the best possible care for the patient in surgery,” said Betsy Slagle, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgical Technology at the USF. “Observing National Surgical Technologist Week provides us the opportunity to educate the public on the vital role of surgical technologists and assist the university’s food drive in providing much needed supplies to area food banks.”
The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890, is a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offering undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region.