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Physician Assistant Michael B. Whitehead rushed to Fort Drum last week for a delivery at Guthrie Ambulatory Health Care Clinic. Whitehead did not delivery a baby; the delivery was a large donation of stuffed animals to benefit Soldier and military Family hospital patients.
Students of Clarkson University’s Physician Assistant Program hosted a Teddy Bear Toss during a recent Clarkson men’s hockey game. Whitehead, who serves as chairman of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at Clarkson University, encouraged the students to include Guthrie Clinic as one of the medical facilities to receive some of the 540 toys collected to benefit patients at local hospitals.
Whitehead has a special connection to Fort Drum. An Army veteran, he was only the second physician assistant ever assigned to 10th Mountain Division (LI) on Fort Drum. His connection to the Physician Assistant Program at Clarkson led to this warm and fuzzy donation.
Harold Greer, Family and Mor-ale, Welfare and Recreation director, was on hand at Guthrie Clinic to accept the donation on behalf of Fort Drum Soldiers and Families, along with garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas W. Geddings; Col. Matthew E. Mattner, MEDDAC commander; and MEDDAC Command Sgt. Maj. Theon J. Hart.
Additional MEDDAC personnel at Guthrie Clinic, who were on hand for the occasion, looked through the pile of toys to point out their favorite.
Mattner expressed his gratitude for the donation.
“These stuffed animals will be taken along when the MEDDAC command group makes weekend rounds,” Mattner said. “The Fort Drum patients of local hospitals are visited each Sunday by a member of MEDDAC command group, and small tokens like these make for a more warm and personal visit.”
Whitehead said he was pleased to visit Fort Drum with his gift from the students of Clarkson University.
“I’m an Army vet,” he said. “I was a Fort Drum Soldier with a military Family. I know how important it is to show appreciation.”