St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program, Inc.
April 16, 2010
I have helped with equipment drives in the past. Ms. Cannon began this business with the dream of helping the under/uninsured obtain equipment they could not normally afford. One of the most remarkable things about her service is that she works from donations ONLY, and often times doesn't get those from people recieving her services. Yet, she continues to supply. Her overall care for recycling goods is something that I don't know anyone else to have done in the healthcare business. A few examples include, but are not limited to:
- St. Louis HELP provided over $540,000 of home medical equipment to the uninsured, the elderly, the poor and disabled – all without charge or fee to the recipient!
- St. Louis HELP served 2,500 uninsured, underinsured, disabled and low income program recipients.
- St. Louis HELP received donations of over 5,000 pieces of home medical equipment
(45% lent to HELP recipients,17% forwarded to developing nations, 16% in current inventory and 22% responsibly recycled)
- St. Louis HELP diverted 90 tons of unwanted home medical equipment out of area landfills.
- St. Louis HELP has organized and trained 60 volunteers who through regularly scheduled visits to the warehouse have provided more than 2,000 hours of labor.
Imagine what this woman could do if she had more funding available? As is stands, she works with grants and donations. Without this help, St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program may not be able to provide the services it currently does, and the people that rely on it, will again be without. I would hate to see that happen. Thank you for your consideration.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I've not seen something so original, practical, and economical, in quite a while.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
Ms. Cannon has followed an amazing idea of recycling equipment, that otherwise would be thrown away. I have seen her literally put items to work, refurbished, so that people who could otherwise not afford them, obtain them.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
I've met staff that were volunteers except one, I believe. Even the owner can be considered a volunteer, as she doesn't get paid until all of HER expenses are paid.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Do more good than you can wrap your mind around. I believe St. Louis HELP could send the message on recycling equipment, and show how much waste there is within the medical industry that costs insurance companies millions of dollars annually.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every six months
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
General Member of the Public & helped with equipment drives.