Immediately after Hurricane Irene, Outer Banks Hospital employees, many of whom were impacted by the storm, began asking – ‘What can we do to help our neighbors?’ Amy Montgomery, Director of Community Outreach for the hospital, contacted the Interfaith Community Outreach, the local agency coordinating the relief effort. At the outset, the hospital deployed a pallet of medical supplies for use by the clinic on Hatteras Island, followed by a second skid a few weeks later.
The hospital also collected personal care items, such as band-aides, bandages, diapers, wipes, baby bath products, and deodorant, which were delivered to the ICO. A second collection, earmarked for Hatteras Island, is currently underway. Additionally, the employees collected funds in excess of $1,100 which were turned over to ICO for distribution.
Because the blood supply was low all along the East Coast after Hurricane Irene, OBH employees, their family and friends including the Kill Devil Hills Police Department held a blood drive on September 9th and collected 35 pints.
“I am both touched and honored how our employees have stepped up to the plate to assist their neighbors in need,” said Ronnie Sloan, Hospital President. “They truly embody the Outer Banks’ spirit.”