Salem Nursing Faculty Organize Effort to Feed Local Healthcare Workers

(from left) Dr. Cheryl Brady and Lorene Martin delivering pepperoni rolls to health care facilities.

Nurses are known for their compassion, concern and desire to care for others. The nursing faculty at the Kent State Salem Campus recently demonstrated that compassion and care by delivering food to frontline workers at local healthcare facilities.

Dr. Mary Lou Ferranto, professor and coordinator of the BSN nursing program at Kent State Salem, noted that the staff organized an “adopt a hospital” effort and then picked up and delivered a total of 890 pepperoni rolls to various facilities that support the Salem Campus nursing program. 

Faculty members delivered 500 pepperoni rolls to Salem Regional Medical Center; 50 to Caprice Health Care Center; 110 to Akron Children’s Hospital in Boardman; 120 to Mercy Hospital’s OB unit; and 110 to various units at Mercy Health Care.

(from left) Salem nursing faculty member Diane Hill with Jamie Demain, director of the volunteer office of the Mahoning Valley Akron Children’s Hospital in Boardman, delivering pepperoni rolls to hospital employees.

Danielle Baker-Rose, a disability specialist with the Student Accessibility Services office for Kent State Columbiana County, baked and donated 250 frosted sugar cookies to SRMC, while nursing instructor Sarah Pierce-Brown donated meals to the ICUs at Mercy Hospital in Youngstown.

The extension of caring also came from students through fundraising by the Students for Professional Nursing club, which helped offset the cost of the donations. Other funds were raised through a GoFundMe account that generated monetary donations from Salem Campus employees.

Ferranto expressed great appreciation to Bellaria Pizza in Boardman for being part of this project and offering the pepperoni rolls at an affordable price.


Cutline A: Nursing faculty member Lorene Martin (left) delivered pepperoni rolls to employees at the Salem Regional Medical Center and Danielle Baker-Rose delivered her homemade frosted sugar cookies. 

Cutline B: (from left) Dr. Cheryl Brady and Lorene Martin delivering pepperoni rolls to health care facilities.

Cutline C: (from left) Salem nursing faculty member Diane Hill with Jamie Demain, director of the volunteer office of the Mahoning Valley Akron Children’s Hospital in Boardman, delivering pepperoni rolls to hospital employees.

POSTED: Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 8:39am
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 4:36pm