SPRINGFIELD – With recovery efforts expected to last for months and years following the devastating earthquake in Nepal late last month, Baystate Health is pitching in to assist with supplies.
Eight skids of medical supplies and equipment were prepared by Baystate Supply Chain team members over the past few weeks, and shipped out this week. In addition to medical supplies, two skids of general supplies and equipment, including 20 multi-purpose task chairs, were prepared for shipment. In collaboration with the International Medical Equipment Collaborative, the supplies will be organized as part of a larger shipment to South Asia and be used for humanitarian aid. Specific supplies that were picked up this week included surgical dressings, gowns, masks, surgeon gloves, casting supplies, over the counter medications, and other basic surgery/post surgery needs.
“IMEC personnel were more than happy to take these items, so all in all it was a very successful effort. It’s nice to get these items into the hands of an organization that can truly make a difference,” Bill Sepaniak, Asst. Director of Materials & Procurement at Baystate said. “We have a long history of reaching out to help with international disasters in any way that we can.”
Past global disaster responses that Baystate has supported include the 2011 Japan tsunami, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, and others.