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needs cleaned pile croppedIt was a very impressive year for the Medical Equipment Recycling Program.  At a time when insurances are covering less equipment, we are thankful to community donations that have enabled us to help even more people.

MERP loaned 2,989 pieces of equipment to 2,114 people in 2015, a 39% increase over 2014’s recipient numbers.  The total value of the equipment we loaned this year is $671,690.

With your donations, we loaned 305 wheelchairs, 576 shower/tub chairs, 103 hospital beds and 42 lift chairs.

Additionally, we made over 175 pickups and deliveries in 2015, assisting those who cannot get to MERP.

We cannot do it without YOUR support.  Please consider donating today.  Equipment can be brought to either MERP location.  Call us at 724-347-6377 to make arrangements.  Financial support assists us with refurbishing expenses.  Please consider a generous gift today by clicking the Donate Now button!

In comparison, the totals for the entire year of 2014:
MERP loaned 2,142 pieces of equipment valued at $303,476 to 1,538 people.

 

A team from St. Mary Medical Center visited this past fall to tour both MERP facilities.  St. Mary Medical Center is a 373 bed facility located in Langhorne, PA, just outside of Philadelphia.

walkers greenville croppedIn 2012, a MERP coordinator and the UPMC Horizon Hospital director of volunteer services gave a
presentation about our MERP program at a national conference.  The St. Mary Medical Center staff just so happened to be at the conference, heard the presentation and thought, “We could do that too!”  They were so excited about our MERP program’s successes that they returned to Langhorne and immediately began the long process that would lead to their own medical equipment re-use program.  Four years later, they are almost ready to loan out their first piece of equipment!  For now, their medical equipment re-use program will be run out of their St. Mary Thrift Store right in the downtown.  A grand opening is scheduled for February 1, 2016.

They wanted to visit our facilities so they could see our processes and ask questions.  During their
two-day visit, many ideas and suggestions were exchanged.  “This  is going to be a very beneficial
partnership for both parties.  We are extremely excited that another hospital wants to emulate what we have developed!” stated Kateri Linn.  We wish them much luck in this exciting endeavor.

 

Prince of Peace Center in Farrell approached the UPMC Horizon Community Health Foundation with a grant request to purchase a new van that seated up to seven passengers.  UPMC challenged Prince of Peace Center to raise $5,000 and if so, we would match their efforts with a $5,000 matching grant to purchase the van.  Prince of Peace was so successful in their fundraising efforts that they raised enough funding to receive the $5,000 matching grant from UPMC and in October 2015, purchased two used vans!  The vans are used primarily for two Prince of Peace programs: Family Support Services (HOPE Advocacy Progran and Project RUTH  Program) and AWESOME, life skills classes.  These programs assist over 75 people a year and 28 families a year! The vans can also be used to pick up and deliver food and donations when needed.  UPMC is proud to support the Prince of Peace Center.