Program matches donated equipment to patients


In honor of the National Rehabilitation Awareness Celebration in September, hospitals affiliated with North Mississippi Medical Center are seeking new and used durable medical equipment for its Second Time Around Program.

The program makes new and used medical equipment available to patients who may not have the funds to purchase needed items. Items may be dropped off at the Rehabilitation Services department of NMMC hospitals in Tupelo, Eupora, Iuka, Pontotoc and West Point, and Hamilton, Ala.

“We often see patients recovering from a stroke or other debilitating illness or injury who do not have insurance and cannot afford the medical equipment they need at home,” said Angie Everett, director of NMMC’s Rehabilitation Institute in Tupelo. “Some items, especially bath equipment, are not paid for by many insurance policies, so even patients with insurance coverage often cannot afford them.”

This program is ideal for families who have to purchase medical equipment or do not have the means to replace broken or worn items. All items are welcome, but the most often requested are wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs, bedside commodes, canes and crutches.

In addition, the NMMC Rehabilitation Institute is collecting new and gently used T-shirts and elastic-waist pants for rehabilitation patients.

The National Rehabilitation Awareness Celebration, “Rehab: Miracles in Motion,” is Sept. 16-22, but items are collected and distributed year-round. For more information, call Rehabilitation Services at an NMMC hospital near you, or Nancy Scruggs at (662) 377-4058 or 1-800- THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).