Apria Healthcare responds to wildfires

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Friday, November 8, 2019

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Apria Healthcare has launched a mobilized effort to deliver critical equipment to its patients in California, where wildfires continue to plague much of the state.

The provider says its employees have been working around the clock to ensure equipment like oxygen tanks are being delivered. Last week alone, they made more than 20,000 deliveries, with trucks set up in strategic locations to help distribute equipment to patients being evacuated from their homes.

“Our employees have been working nonstop, even while some of their own families were without power or had been evacuated from their homes,” said Zachary Holt, general manager of the Apria Santa Rosa branch. “This truly speaks to the unwavering dedication and commitment we feel toward our patients and communities.”

In advance of power outages meant to prevent the wildfires, local branches were already proactively filling up delivery vans, making calls to distribution centers to ensure adequate inventory and individually calling hundreds of patients.

Scared and frustrated patients have been relieved by Apria’s efforts, the company says.

“Our patients have been able to stay home and get their equipment delivered instead of having to travel to a local hospital for oxygen,” said Tyler Hutton, general manager of the Apria Eureka branch office.