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U.S. SUGAR CORP. CHARITABLE TRUST BUYS EQUIPMENT FOR HENDRY GENERAL HOSPITAL; GIFTS PROVIDE QUALITY THAT MANY SMALL HOSPITALS LACK

U.S. SUGAR CORP. CHARITABLE TRUST BUYS EQUIPMENT FOR HENDRY GENERAL HOSPITAL; GIFTS PROVIDE QUALITY THAT MANY SMALL HOSPITALS LACK
 CLEWISTON, Fla., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A new grant of $33,861 to Hendry General Hospital from the United States Sugar Corporation Charitable Trust will allow the hospital to buy several pieces of much needed equipment. "It's really been a custom," said hospital administrator Rodney Dorsette. "Each year they ask us to supply a list of needed equipment. We help them prioritize, and then they supply the funds for equipment from the list."
 This year the hospital will use the donation from the Clewiston- based charitable trust to buy a transport table for the emergency room, and adult ventilator to back up the current aging ventilator, a new Kodak processor to provide top quality X-Ray developing, and a larger mammography grid that will enable the hospital to examine all patients who need the screening for breast cancer.
 In expressing gratitude for the United States Sugar Corporation Charitable Trust's gifts, Dorsette noted that many small, rural hospitals such as the publicly owned Hendry General are in serious trouble. "In the past three years, 280 small rural hospitals have closed in the United States, largely because they can't keep up. They can't attract physicians because they can't supply state-of-the-art equipment. These gifts from the U.S. Sugar trust enable us to buy equipment we could never afford otherwise, and to attract physicians. Most important, they enable us to supply quality health care to the people we serve."
 Hendry General Hospital is the only hospital for Hendry and Glades counties and also serves parts of west Palm Beach County. Glades County is especially dependent on Hendry General because the county has no resident physician.
 "The entire community benefits from the continued generosity of the U.S. Sugar Charitable Trust," Dorsette concluded.
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