Eastern Kentucky Medical Clinics Are in Desperate Need of Supplies
I've received calls from friends and family members from all across the country this past week. They've been asking if we're all okay here.
They're relieved once I explain that all the flooding is hundreds of miles away in eastern Kentucky, but this is an example of how far-reaching this horrible catastrophe has become. National news outlets are on this story every single day.
Most of what everyone is seeing is about search and rescue teams and what residents who have lost everything currently need. And for that, there's a wonderful new fundraiser at the state level called Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief. And honestly, that might take care of medical clinics who are need, too.
EASTERN KENTUCKY FLOODING DEVASTATES MEDICAL CLINIC
But just in case, Van Breeding, a physician with Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation (MCHC) - Whitesburg Medical Clinic, posted a list of supplies lost in the flooding. Dr. Breeding and the multiple staffs across MCHC have been as busy as you might imagine this week, and here's why:
I’ve been to our clinics and the loss of meds and medical equipment is catastrophic. We were closed in Whitesburg, Isom, Hindman, and Buckhorn on Thursday so we could help rescue those stranded, help evacuate the nursing home and help keep hospital open and covered. Our Isom clinic is lost; it took 6 feet of water. Hindman lost power and water but reopened yesterday and will be open today. Whitesburg lost its parking lot, chiropractic center and got 5 feet of water but we opened at the old high school yesterday.
WHAT THE WHITESBURG CLINIC DESPERATELY NEEDS
Also, the clinic's HEAL program for substance use treatment is in desperate need of Narcan, Fentanyl test strips, and needle exchange supplies.