Medical Clinics at Grady Gear Up For 10th Annual Christmas Canned
The season of
giving is here, and several Emory physicians in the General Medical
Clinics at Grady Memorial Hospital are preparing to give to patients
in a big way. With the help of Clyde Watkins, M.D., assistant professor
of medicine with the Emory University School of Medicine, and director
for Medical Clinics 1 and 2, the general medical clinics are gearing
up for their Tenth Annual Christmas Canned Food Drive.
Twenty Emory and Morehouse
School of Medicine physicians are expected to participate in the drive,
along with medical clinic staff. This year's goal is to feed 200 needy
families in Fulton and DeKalb counties and deliver the food Saturday,
"People don't know it, but
we get so much from our patients, and this is a way to give back," Watkins
said. "There's so much need out there, especially at Christmas and during
the holidays. This is an additional way to take care of our patients'
health and well-being."
The medical clinic staff
began contributing money in November to cover costs for items such as
flour, sugar, fruits, vegetables, canned ham, and rice to feeds families
for up to a week or more. Physicians and the medical clinic staff work
with the Grady Social Services Department to identify patients and families
in need of food for the holiday season.
"Our patients start talking
about this in August," Watkins said. "They remember their doctors and
nurses came by and gave them something and they're grateful."