Billy Messer owner of the Scrub Shop

Billy Messer owner of the Scrub Shop

Donation provides support for those caring for COVID-19 patients

From donations of protective masks to gestures of encouragement on social media, the community has rallied around Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System associates and providers who are caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In mid-April, Spartanburg Medical Center received nearly 700 hospital uniforms. They were donated by Billy Messer, owner of the Scrub Shop, as an in-kind gift to Spartanburg Regional Foundation.

Messer’s store sells clothing for healthcare workers – scrubs, comfortable footwear and jackets – along with tote bags and other accessories. Many of his customers are Spartanburg Regional nurses and other clinical staff.

“This was just a chance to give back,” Messer said. “I feel that I have a great partnership with Spartanburg Regional, and it’s a blessing to be able to do this.”

As SMC Director of Nursing Shelly McMillan explained, those caring for COVID-19 patients want to make sure they have clean clothes to wear home at the end of their shifts. The donation of extra scrubs helps to keep associates and their families safe.

McMillan said hospital staff members are grateful for gifts that support their efforts to care for patients.

“Just to know that you have a backup, it provides a sense of reassurance,” she said. “And it promotes staff engagement to know they are part of an organization and community that takes care of them.”

For Messer, supporting Spartanburg Regional staff members is personal.

“Being a small family-owned business, you get to know your customers on a personal level,” he said. “We get to know their children and watch them grow up. We’ve even held a retirement party here once. And we see their tireless commitment and dedication…they put their lives on the line.”

He added, “My contribution pales in comparison to the sacrifices these hospital workers are making.”

To make an in-kind donation or monetary gift to support the work of SRHS caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit