Skip to Content

Published on February 04, 2010

KishHealth System Contributes to Haiti Relief Efforts

February 4, 2010 

 

Kevin Poorten, KishHealth System President and CEO, presents a check for $7,500 to the DeKalb County Red Cross Board of Directors.

Kevin Poorten, KishHealth System President and CEO,
presents a check for $7,500 to the DeKalb County Red Cross
Board of Directors. From left, are: (front) Poorten, Sharon
Rhoades, Red Cross Board Chair; Deanna Merchant, Vice
Chair; Tho Pham, Marianne Anderson; (back) Vince Faivre,
Kathy Buettner, Jim Bryner, DeKalb Fire Chief Bruce Harrison
and Sycamore Fire Chief Bill Riddle.

KishHealth System has recently been involved with two efforts to provide assistance to Haiti.

Kevin Poorten, health system President and CEO, recently presented a $7,500 check to the DeKalb County American Red Cross in support of the Red Cross’ international fundraising campaign.

Michelle Emmett, DeKalb County American Red Cross Executive Director, said the health system’s gift is the largest single local donation received to date. “We are very grateful for the health system’s financial support, not only for the Red Cross’ largest relief effort ever, but for its continued support of our local Red Cross services as well,” Emmett said.

Poorten said the need for medical care, food, and water in Haiti is so critical that it was an easy decision to be part of the mobilization effort. Hospitals also are being encouraged to participate by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois and American Hospital Associations.

In addition, Kishwaukee and Valley West Community Hospitals have provided about $1,700 in surplus equipment and supplies for shipment to Haiti. This donation was facilitated by Kish Hospital employee, Jim Smith, who works in the Engineering and Biomedical Services Department.

Smith had previously done mission work in Haiti, helping install plumbing for a hospital to serve the Garden Orphanage in Port-au-Prince. Thankfully, the children, and both the orphanage and the partially built King’s Hospital were spared in the earthquake, but the need for medical supplies became extremely urgent.

Kishwaukee Community Hospital employee Jim Smith stands with orphans from the King’s Garden Orphanage in Port-au-Prince during a pre-earthquake mission trip.

Kishwaukee Community Hospital employee Jim Smith stands
with orphans from the King’s Garden Orphanage in
Port-au-Prince during a pre-earthquake mission trip.

“Smith turned to our Materials Management Department for help,” said Brad Copple, President of Kish and Valley West Hospitals. “We were able to pull together suture, gauze, syringes, and other emergency medical supplies. We also were able to send two operating tables and a portable X-ray machine.”

Smith said, “It is an absolute miracle that supplies and equipment, perfect for the needs at King’s Hospital, became available at the right time. I am grateful for the generosity of Kishwaukee and Valley West Hospitals’ staff and administration that this effort came together to help in our mission.”  

Smith is a member of Christ Community Church of DeKalb and St. Charles, which works together with other organizations and individuals to send mission teams and supplies down to Haiti.

“We’re happy that we could contribute to the massive relief effort for Haiti in these small ways,” Poorten said.

Footer Curve