A Call for Prairie Medical Alumni to be the Hands and Feet on the Frontlines of the COVID-19 Crisis in Italy

Supporting Samaritan's Purse Canada

One of our partners, Samaritan’s Purse is running a 68-bed respiratory care unit in Cremona, Italy, for COVID-19 patients. The mobile medical facility was airlifted to Italy on March 17 and opened March 20 to patients. Within a few days it was full.

“We’re treating the patients the same way as over at the hospital, but we’re adding prayer and we’re adding Jesus and we’re praying for our patients,” says physician’s assistant Stephanie Morales,  “They’re so wanting prayer.”

The Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), composed of a roster of on-call professionals, has come together to spread the hope of Jesus Christ with critically ill patients in Italy.  

Yesterday, President Mark Maxwell, received a phone call from Samaritan’s Purse requesting assistance to get the word out to our medical alumni.

An Urgent Need for Medical Professionals 

  • LPN’s and Paramedics with active provincial medical licenses to provide surge support to the Respiratory Care Unit (RCU) in Cremona, Italy
  • 4-6 weeks availability (going either Apr 14 or May 8) 
  • A Valid Passport
  • All travel and insurance costs covered by Samaritan’s Purse
  • Daily stipend of $175 (USD) includes two-week quarantine upon return

The Respiratory Care Unit (RCU) is planned to run for three months. 

Will you help by going or spreading the word to others?  Samaritan’s Purse will review all applications in the next few days. The next step is an interview and reference check, both of which will be expedited for the Italy response. Within the process, they will be asking applicants to assess risks to their own health as COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting some groups of people more than others.

Read more about the response and donate.

Inquiries – Contact:
Sarah Best – Staffing Specialist

(If you go, would you let Prairie know so we can follow your journey, pray for you and support you? Email emily.allert-house@prairie.edu.)

Meeting the Greatest Needs All Around Us

At this time, we want to especially thank the many professional care workers who are being asked to go above and beyond, including the many nurses and paramedics who have graduated from Prairie. 

We are so thankful that God has allowed us to educate and equip students to go to places like these on the front-lines – as paramedics, nurses, pilots, photographers, pastors – to meet the greatest needs.  This is why we do what we do.

Our Practical Nursing and Primary Care Paramedic programs allow students to study God’s Word as a foundation for their medical classes and practicums, allowing students to see where their personal faith meets their career. 

A Final Thought

As you consider this opportunity and the other ways you may serve your communities, we pray for peace, hope and discernment.  
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.  Romans 12:2 


With love and prayer, 
Mark MaxwellPresident of Prairie College


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