On Tuesday, April 15, as part of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s annual Give-A-Day volunteer event, 15 KentuckyOne Health employees helped to pack donated medical supplies headed for a third-world nation. Brian Yanofchick, senior vice president of mission integration, was among those who volunteered at the Supplies Over Seas (SOS) warehouse in Louisville that morning.
KentuckyOne volunteers were divided into two groups. Clinical employees helped to do a “first sort” of donated medical supplies. Because supplies come to SOS mixed up in large bins, it requires a “first sort” to separate the supplies into categories such as OB, anesthesia, orthopedic, etc.
Non-clinical employees packed supplies for an orthopedic pallet bound for Ecuador. These items will help doctors provide care for patients in a hospital in the Manabe Province.
“The volunteers did an excellent job,” said Karen Womack, who serves as medical outreach and volunteer manager for SOS. Karen is a volunteer. Last year 1,000 volunteers put in 14,000 hours at SOS sorting and packaging medical supplies that would end up in landfills in the U.S. if they were not sent to impoverished countries.
Thanks go to the following KentuckyOne volunteers: Debbie Bolton, Kyleigh Brandon, Larry Chadwick, J.R. Chastain, Brenda Junk, Kathy Love, Cindy Lucchese, Donna Melloan, Shirley Miller, Linda Ritter, Anna Smith, Angie Tonini-Rogers, Dena Wagoner, Rebecca Witherington and Brian Yanofchick.
As an SOS recycling partner, KentuckyOne Health regularly donates surplus or expired medical supplies and equipment. Regulations may prevent them from being used here, but they are still useful elsewhere in the world. Visit SuppliesOverSeas.org for more information.
Donating to SOS – and providing volunteers to get shipments ready to go overseas to help people living in poverty – allows us to stay true to our purpose: to bring wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved.
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