Working at a rural hospital, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is scarce, to say the least, especially during the outbreak of COVID-19. As the Medical Social Worker for Wickenburg Community Hospital, I wanted to contribute in some way to help combat this devastating pandemic.
I decided I was going to reach out to Project C.U.R.E., the world’s largest distributor of donated medical relief. Touching the lives of children and families in more than 130 countries, this world-class nonprofit delivers medical equipment and supplies to under-resourced hospitals.
After writing a letter to Project C.U.R.E. requesting PPE supplies, Steven Wagener, Director of Logistics for Project C.U.R.E, graciously answered my request within 48-hours. Immediately, he asked, “How can I help?” I expressed the needs of our rural hospital and the population we are blessed to serve. In only a few days, Steven called with exciting news! He stated that a semi-truck of supplies would be arriving within the week from Colorado. I never thought my letter would be answered, nor that the hospital would be the recipient of two full pallets of donated PPE.
This global health crisis has forced billions of people around the world into their homes, slowed down economies, and altered life as we know it. Recognizing the destructive path this virus has taken, it is reassuring to know that people and organizations like Project C.U.R.E are ready and eager to assist in eradicating this virulent disease. Thank you, Project C.U.R.E.!
Kristine Andersen, BS, MSW
Medical Social Worker, Wickenburg Community Hospital
520 Rose Lane, Wickenburg AZ 85390
Phone: 928-668-1808 | Fax:928-684-8861
Featured Image – WCH Receiving PPE
From left to right back row- Patty Church, MHA, RN, NE-BC, Director of Patient Care Services; Jackie Valenta, RN, CGRN, Quality and Risk Manager; Karen Smith, RN, NMCC, LSSGB, Infection Prevention, Employee Health Manager; Linda Rankin, MSN, MBA, MJ, BS, RN, Chief Nursing Officer.
Front- Kristine Andersen, BS, MSW, Medical Social Worker