Barrow Regional Medical Center and Grace Baptist Church recently donated medical supplies to Missionary Flights International for the Haitian relief effort.
Becky Bachman, an ICU nurse at Barrow Regional and a member of Grace Baptist in Dacula, coordinated the project.
Blake Watts, Barrow Regional Medical Center CEO, said BRMC was pleased to be able to assist those suffering in Haiti.
“We are honored to be a part of this relief effort and hope our medical supplies and other items will provide some comfort and relief to those in Haiti affected by this tragedy,” he said.
Gloves, bandages, alcohol swabs, surgical pads, syringes, sponges, gauze, IV filters, leg splints, plaster bandages, suture needles and threads were among the supplies that were transported from Winder to Ft. Pierce, Fla. last Thursday. On Friday, the supplies were airlifted to Haiti by military transport.
The donated supplies will help prevent the infections and delayed healing time associated with the re-use of medical equipment and materials. Due to limited supplies in Haiti, doctors and nurses in the earthquake ravaged country had been forced to reuse items meant to be used one time only.
Jackie Haney and Don Hammond, employees in the materials management department at Barrow Regional, collected the medical supplies. Linda Glazier, RN, and Lisa Cardinale, RN, both nurses in the ICU at Barrow Regional Medical Center, also participated in a relief effort that collected and donated clothing for victims of the earthquake.
“Barrow Regional Medical Center wanted to help the victims and volunteers in Haiti in any way we could. We have a very compassionate and caring staff at BRMC that was eager to find some way to assist the victims of the earthquake,” said Srav Meka, Director of Marketing at Barrow Regional.