A helping hand
Just days after disastrous flooding hit West Virginia, claiming dozens of lives and destroying more than 1,200 homes, Tammy Barboza’s phone rang.
Barboza is Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center’s service excellence director. The caller? Pat Settle, owner of Miss Minerva’s Tea Room & Gift Shop in downtown Culpeper and a local Greenbrier Valley Flood Recovery and Relief Effort coordinator.
“Pat had volunteered to gather and deliver donations and supplies from our local area to West Virginia,” Barboza said. “She called to ask if Culpeper Medical Center could donate medical gloves. A total of four cases of non-latex gloves in many different sizes were delivered to Pat shortly thereafter.”
She added, “She was SO appreciative of the hospital’s donation, and saw to it that the gloves were delivered to the appropriate relief workers.”
“I just think it’s something we need to do to help our neighbors to the west,” John Lawrence, Culpeper Medical Center director of materials management said of the donation. “I’ve been in healthcare for 40 years, and when disaster strikes, hospitals are usually the first to respond, to take care of the sick and injured, but also to offer donations and help out.
He added, “A number of our staff members have volunteered for missions overseas, such as in Africa. Being able to receive quality medical supplies is a major help to them. We try to help out whenever we can.”
This mission hit even closer to home. Materials Coordinator and 10-year Culpeper Medical Center employee Terry Szlosek works for Lawrence and has family members and friends who have lost their homes and belongings in her hometown of Richwood, West Virginia.
“Fortunately, none of my family or friends was injured,” Szlosek said. “But the flood wiped the area out. They grabbed what they could before flooding took over their homes. People in West Virginia really need the help.”