U of I President Awards Medallion to University, Gritman Medical Center Pandemic Response Teams
May 18, 2021
MOSCOW, Idaho — May 18, 2021 — Pandemic response teams from the University of Idaho and Gritman Medical Center that set up and operated testing facilities were presented the U of I President’s Medallion last weekend during Spring 2021 Commencement ceremonies in Moscow.
“In a testament to an unshakable community spirit dedicated employees of both organizations often put themselves in harm’s way to allow U of I students access to a transformational in-person educational experience throughout the 2020-21 academic year,” U of I President Scott Green said.
U of I and Gritman partnered during Summer 2020 to build a coronavirus testing operation that has been instrumental in managing the pandemic on campus and in the community. Efforts included applying for federal certification of the testing lab, administering nasal tests, sharing equipment and personal protective resources and processing samples in the lab in addition to other duties beyond a typical workday.
“The U of I/Gritman lab set the standard for others across the state, leading modeling efforts for Idaho while allowing testing of every student ahead of in-person classes,” Green said. “The two institutions proved cooperation leads to successful results for the community as a whole.”
The honor symbolizes the dedication of more than 130 employees at both institutions who demonstrated commitment to putting people’s well-being and their organizations’ missions first.
Since 2000, the medallion has been presented to individuals selected by the university president who have made significant contributions to the cultural, economic, scientific and/or social advancement of Idaho and its people, as well as provided exceptional service to the state or nation that has influenced the well-being of humankind.
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