Making transport possible

A message from one of our Grateful Recipients – Hutchinson Public Schools

3 of the 5 new wheel chairs that will serve as evacuation aids in the High School and Park Elementary

3 of the 5 new wheel chairs that will serve as evacuation aids in the High School and Park Elementary

One of the most recent grateful recipients was the Hutchinson Public Schools, District 423 with a $2,359.00 grant. Antonia Barrick, Health Services Coordinator for the District, shared how the Foundation grant supported the purchase of 5 new wheel chairs that will serve as evacuation aids in the High School and Park Elementary.

Barrick explained:

“Upon learning that our schools received a grant I felt shocked and excited. It is  humbling to know the Foundation understands the need for emergency efforts in our new building (the High School) as well as our older building (Park Elementary). As both buildings are used not only during school hours but also after hours for various activities within Hutchinson. These aides will be a benefit to all those who use the school buildings.

With the donation, we were able to purchase 5 new wheelchairs, one of which is a larger chair, to help accommodate all individuals. The new wheelchairs have removable arms to assist in transfers, along with leg rests that are adjustable to help with elevating legs or adding support. The evacuation aid chairs are being placed throughout the High School and Park Elementary near staircases to assist in transport in case of emergencies such as fires, tornadoes, and mass casualty circumstances. The aides will also be used during drills so students and faculty understand how to properly use them and the efficiency they can provide during a real need.”

Barrick went on to say:

“Healthcare within our community is so very important to show the support and care that is available to all. Having such a great resources within our community shows our residents and others in surrounding communities what matters most to our healthcare teams – the health and safety of our community. We appreciate the donation and cannot wait to use the evacuation aides during our drills, and have wheelchairs available that can provide a wide variety of care for our students, staff, and community members. The Foundation’s show of support for our students who are in acute need of a wheelchair is incredible! 

If you are interested in learning how to apply for a Foundation grant, email or call Rachael Gemuenden at rgemuenden@hutchhealth.com or 320.484.4438.

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