More providers answer call for Haitian victims

Monday, February 15, 2010

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina providers have joined other HME providers around the country that have donated durable medical equipment to Haiti.

Since the disastrous earthquake struck the island nation Jan. 12, the North Carolina Association for Medical Equipment Services (NCAMES) and other industry stakeholders have reach out to members for donations of oxygen equipment, crutches, wheelchairs, gauze and bandages, the association stated in a release.

“We had a contact that was interested in hospital beds and we donated about 25 of them, some walkers, and commode chairs,” stated Bill Griffin, owner of Griffin Home Health Care, in Charlotte and Gastonia.

Providers are also digging into their pockets.

“During our Winter Meeting in January our keynote speaker challenged each attendee to reach into their pockets and pull out money right then and there to give to the American Red Cross for Haiti relief,” said Marcia Ladd, president of the NCAMES Board of Directors.