With recovery efforts expected to last for years following the devastating earthquake in Nepal late last month, Baystate Health is pitching in to assist with supplies.
Baystate Supply Chain team members prepared eight skids of medical supplies and equipment over the past few weeks. They shipped out this week. In addition to medical supplies, the group prepared two skids of general supplies and equipment, including 20 multi-purpose task chairs. 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
- basic surgery/post surgery needs
History of helping
“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.”
Baystate Health has also offered global disaster responses after the 2011 Japan tsunami, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, and others.