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WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA HOSPITALS DONATE SUPPLIES, RESOURCES TO SOUTH FLORIDA HOSPITALS

 WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA HOSPITALS DONATE SUPPLIES, RESOURCES
 TO SOUTH FLORIDA HOSPITALS
 WARRENDALE, Pa., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Pennsylvania hospitals are working together to donate medical, hospital, and other needed supplies to Florida hospitals dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, it was announced today.
 Area hospitals are also making cash donations to the South Florida hospitals through a foundation, as well as coordinating employee drives for both funds and in-kind gifts.
 The effort is being coordinated through the Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania, a trade association representing 91 health care institutions in the region. In addition to Hospital Council's effort, a statewide effort is being coordinated by the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania.
 Assisting with the effort is Brother's Brother Foundation of Pittsburgh, which has agreed to coordinate the shipment of supplies donated from across the state. South Hills Movers of Pittsburgh is transporting the supplies to the Brother's Brother warehouse. HMH Trucking is supplying transportation to Florida at 10 a.m., on Sept. 23, from the Brother's Brother warehouse at 1025 Beaver Ave.
 To date more than 30 area hospitals have responded to the relief effort coordinated by Hospital Council. In turn, Hospital Council has been working with the South Florida Hospital Association to identify specific items needed by hospitals in that area. These items include: sunscreen, antibiotics, tetanus injections, hats, blood pressure and diabetes medication, IV setups, sutures, aspirin, ibuprofen, bandages, tourniquets and other personal and general supplies.
 The medical supplies will be put in a warehouse under military guard in Dade County for redistribution to local hospitals on a request basis. A second load of requested medical supplies will leave Pittsburgh next week. Recent reports from the South Florida Hospital Association indicate that three hospitals remain closed. One, Deering Hospital, may reopen within the next 30 to 60 days while USAF Homestead Hospital is not expected to reopen. Two other hospitals, SMH Homestead and the Miami Heart Institute, remain open, but with limitations due to staffing constraints and the need for hospital repairs.
 In some cases, more than 50 percent of hospital employees lost their homes in the hurricane. Also, the Dade County Medical Association is reporting that more than 1,000 physicians have lost their homes and offices.
 Also working on the relief effort is Hospital Shared Services (HSS), an affiliate of Hospital Council, and a group purchasing and shared services organization representing more than 330 hospitals in the mid-Atlantic and midwestern regions of the United States. HSS has notified its supply companies of the relief effort and requested their assistance.
 Traditionally, western Pennsylvania hospitals have responded to assist hospitals around the country when relief efforts are needed.
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 /EDITORS: Please be advised that photo and camera opportunities are available at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Brother's Brother Foundation depot located at 824 Grandview Ave., Pittsburgh. At this time, two tractor-trailer trucks will be leaving the depot with hospital donations to the South Florida Hospital Association. Contact: Pat Jurczak at 412-772-7202 or Luke Hingson at Brother's Brother Foundation at 412-431-1600./
 /CONTACT: Pat Jurczak of Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania, 412-772-7202/ CO: Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania ST: Pennsylvania, Florida IN: HEA SU:


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