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Storm Relief Continues in Schuylkill County

LVH–Schuylkill provides food and health care support following flooding


Earlier this week, LVH-Schuylkill delivered food items for residents and clean-up crews. Wednesday afternoon, LVH–Schuylkill President Bill Reppy, accompanied by Infection Preventionist Gail Newton, RN, and Physician Liaison Penny Klinger, returned to the incident command center at Port Carbon Borough Hall to deliver the much-needed supplies.

The list included items such as bandages, ice packs, gauze, tape, gloves and more. This time instead of filling the order, Harold “Bucky” Herndon was the person making the request. LVH–Schuylkill Supply Chain Management Director Scott Strawdinger prepared the order. Herndon, a 38-year colleague of LVH–Schuylkill, currently working in the store room, is also mayor of the town of Port Carbon, a small borough hit hard by this week’s storms.

Mayor Herndon, his President of Borough Council Michael Quercia, Assistant Fire Chief Ben Schuettler (also a colleague on the Stine Acute Rehab unit) and Margaret “Peg” Lubinsky of the borough accepted the bandages on behalf of their Quick Response Team, which is part of the Good Will Fire Company. Sleep deprived and weary, borough officials offered their thanks and appreciation to Reppy, LVH-Schuylkill and LVHN for healing, comforting and caring for the borough.

In addition, Newton and Klinger provided handout information for borough residents about hand hygiene, safe drinking water, tetanus and West Nile virus and mosquitos.

“Your heart goes out to every member of this and other communities hit hard by these storms,” Reppy says. “I’m glad LVH–Schuylkill and our colleagues are able to offer some help and hope.”

LVH–Schuylkill will be providing shower facilities and offering tetanus shots for recovery workers and those in the flood zone. Colleagues will also visit storm-ravaged Tremont on Thursday afternoon to provide tetanus shots as well as educational information to help people prevent flood-related health problems.

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