Hanger helps those in need in Haiti
Hanger Orthopedic Group and its philanthropic organization The Hanger Ivan R. Sabel Foundation are involved in ongoing efforts to help restore mobility to those affected by the January 12 earthquake in Haiti. This page will provide continuing updates as well as ways for you to get involved.
Hanger launches Haitian Amputee Coalition in partnership with Physicians for Peace, Shepherd Center, Harold & Kayrita Anderson Family Foundation
BETHESDA, Md., Feb 17, 2010 -- Hanger Orthopedic Group and its philanthropic organization the Hanger Ivan R. Sabel Foundation announced the launch of the Haitian Amputee Coalition in partnership with Physicians for Peace, the Harold & Kayrita Anderson Family Foundation, and Donald Peck Leslie, M.D., of the Shepherd Center. The Haitian Amputee Coalition is creating a long-term prosthetic and rehabilitation center on-site at the Hopital Albert Schweitzer (HAS), an undamaged local hospital with a high clinical reputation located 60 miles from Port-au-Prince in Deschapelles, Haiti.
To be staffed by U.S. prosthetic experts from Hanger Orthopedic Group and Physicians for Peace in conjunction with local Haitian medical professionals, the Haitian Amputee Coalition prosthetic and rehabilitation center at HAS will be functional by the end of February. More than 8,000lbs of prosthetic fabrication equipment and machinery have been shipped to Deschapelles with an additional 5,000lbs to be on the ground this week. A mobile prosthetic care unit donated by Otto Bock Healthcare, a global manufacturer of prosthetic products and services, will enable the delivery of care to those who are unable to be transported to HAS.
Hanger practice manager and recipient of the Hanger Excellence Award for Clinical Leadership John "Jay" Tew, CP from Baton Rouge, LA has volunteered to serve a three-month term at HAS as lead prosthetist for the Coalition's patient care delivery. Additionally, the Haitian Amputee Coalition plans to create a training program to educate local Haitians to become prosthetic practitioners and technicians for the provision of long-term care in Haiti.
To read the press release announcement in its entirety, click here
Prosthetic Limb Drive to Benefit Haiti
BETHESDA, Md., January 25, 2010 -- Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics, Physicians for Peace and Heather Mills are proud to team up for a nationwide prosthetic limb drive. Please bring your older or used prosthetic limbs to any of Hanger's 670+ patient care centers and we will ship them directly to Physicians for Peace for fitting on the tens of thousands of new amputees in Haiti.
To find a Hanger patient care center near you, visit our locations page or call our national line at 877-4Hanger.
Only prosthetic limbs can be accepted at Hanger patient care centers. If you would like to donate wheelchairs, crutches, braces, etc., please contact Physicians for Peace directly at 757-625-7569.
Since 2005, internationally recognized Physicians for Peace, with support from Hanger Orthopedic Group has been providing amputee rehabilitation services in Haiti. Through Physicians for Peace's partner network of Healing Hands for Haiti and St. Vincent's School for Handicapped Children in the capital city of Port au Prince, prosthetic donations will go directly to help Haiti's disabled.
Hanger Orthopedic Group to Donate $250,000 in Funding and Orthopedic Devices to Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts
BETHESDA, Md., Jan 21, 2010 -- Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. (NYSE: HGR) and its philanthropic organization The Hanger Ivan R. Sabel Foundation announced today that it will provide $250,000 in funding and orthopedic devices to assist with the medical needs of those affected by the earthquake in Haiti.
A direct cash donation of $25,000 and a contribution of $225,000 in orthopedic devices, including neck and back braces, limb immobilizers, fracture boots, wrist splints, and cervical collars, will be donated to two charitable organizations currently providing care in Haiti -- Physicians for Peace and Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere).
"We feel deeply for the people affected by this profound tragedy and we hope our contribution will help ease some of the suffering," Hanger President and CEO Tom Kirk said. "As the largest provider of orthotic and prosthetic patient care, we see firsthand everyday the hope that can be instilled by restoring mobility and functionality to those with severe orthopedic injuries. We will continue to work with Physicians for Peace and Project HOPE, as well as other non-profits, to define the clinical need and the logistics to provide care and services in Haiti."
In addition to the funding and device donations, many of Hanger's 1,100+ prosthetists and orthotists have expressed interest in providing care and clinical expertise in Haiti.