5,000 pounds of medical supplies heading to Puerto Rico
In response to an urgent request for medical supply aid from the University Pediatric Hospital (HOPU) in San Juan, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is sending approximately $25,000 worth of supplies to the Puerto Rico hospital. Nine palettes, packed with 592 cases of requested supplies weighing more than 5,000 pounds, have been prepared for shipping by the local hospital’s supply company, LeeSar, in Fort Myers.
Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico late in September. Last week, the San Juan children’s hospital sent an appeal letter to multiple health care providers in Florida, with a lengthy list of supply needs ranging from general medical supplies like hand sanitizer, gloves and non-sterile gauze to more critical, life-saving items like suture kits, medications and infant ventilators. HOPU is a tertiary facility with an emergency department, neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, oncology ward with bone marrow transplant unit, surgical and general pediatric units, and the only pediatric dialysis unit on the island.
“Our hearts go out to the children and families of Puerto Rico who are suffering from the impact of the recent hurricanes,” says Alex Daneshmand, D.O., Acute Care Medical Officer for Golisano Children’s Hospital. “As soon as the request was received, several local, concerned physicians and Lee Health leaders were putting plans in place to respond. We hope this shipment of supplies will help heal the individuals in need of medical attention and ease the burden of the physicians and staff providing the needed care.”
Shipping arrangements for the supplies are being made through FedEx. The Lee Health Foundation is providing the funding to support the donation.