Sanitization wraps are utilized to secure clinical supplies before the gear is utilized in medical procedure. Typically these blue, single-use materials would be discarded.
Yet, in the wake of seeing the thought in another piece of the nation, MercyOne bosom specialist Dr. Scott Stoeger worked with a group of partners to transform these working room materials into mats and camping cots for the destitute. The work has gotten known as the “Blue Mat Project.”
“We’ve been able to take larger wraps and sew them into sleeping bags,” said Stoeger. “They are thermal and water resistant, so will help a lot, especially in the colder seasons.”
Notwithstanding sewing all alone, Stoeger held group social affairs at their home to gather in excess of 60 tangles and camping beds. The gathering likewise bought economical cushions to finish the groups.
“Several hospitals across the country have done similar projects with the mats, but you need to have something to put your head on,” they said.
With many packages presently amassed, Stoeger has made their first gift to Peoples Community Health Clinic in Waterloo.
“I am so grateful for the creativity and compassion of Dr. Stoeger and that he thought of our patients,” said Christine Kemp, Peoples CEO.
“The concern we have for our homeless patients does not end when they walk out our doors. To know we’re able to provide them with a mat and pillow that can survive cold, wet elements brings us some peace of mind. We know these items will be greatly appreciated by those who use them.”
Stoeger additionally plans to give tangles and camping beds to the Catholic Worker House and Salvation Army.
“Dr. Stoeger and members of the Waterloo and Cedar Falls surgical teams and endoscopy collaborated to bring this project to life,” said Mary Jo Kavalier, site administrator of Cedar Falls Medical Center. “This project defines MercyOne and our mission to serve others.”
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