The flooding experienced June 23-24 is among the worst in a century for some parts of the state, claiming the lives of at least 23 West Virginians. To help support flood relief efforts, WVU Medicine is seeking physicians, nurses, and advanced practice providers to assist in these West Virginia towns: Rainelle, Richwood, and Rupert.
Those employees interested in lending a hand can sign up via this WVU Medicine intranet link (only available internally).
“While the hospital is full and the clinics are busy, we’re hopeful that we can find some physicians, nurses and APPs who can help out in the areas devastated by the recent flood,” said Ron Pellegrino, M.D., chief operating officer, WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals.
“The request for providers comes from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the West Virginia National Guard,” Dr. Pellegrino continued. “We are working closely with these state agencies through William Ramsey, M.D., chief collaboration officer at the WVU Health Sciences Center, to ensure all healthcare needs are met.”
In addition to helping to recruit clinical volunteers, WVU Medicine has gathered and contributed nearly 300 tetanus vaccines for flood survivors. Masks and gloves were also donated.
Essential items continue to be collected for flood victims. WVU hosted collections at several Morgantown locations over the weekend, and that effort will continue throughout the week. Learn more about the collection and other ways to help.
WVU Medicine Rosenbaum Family House will also serve as a drop-off location. Off-campus WVU Medicine departments interested in collecting items should consolidate their efforts and drop off items to Family House.
Family House will accept items from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 27-30, and from 6 a.m. to noon on Friday, July 1.
The following items are being collected: cleaning supplies (especially bleach), scrub brushes, mops, brooms, buckets, work gloves, long rubber gloves, baby supplies (wipes, food, diapers, formula, sippy cups), toiletries, contact solution and cases, handheld can openers (new or gently used), bug spray, itch cream, paper products (plates, bowls, flatware, paper towels, toilet paper), bottled water, and non-perishable food (especially ready-to-eat items, such as granola bars, beef jerky, pudding, and fruit cups).
Items not included on this list, including clothing and textiles, will not be accepted.
Similar items are also being collected by the West Virginia Black Bears at Gate A and Gate C at the Monongalia County Ballpark before home games on June 27 and July 1-3.
For those who want to make a monetary donation, the Dollars for Disaster West Virginia Flood Relief project is working with American Red Cross – West Virginia and West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster to accept contributions.
Checks are also being accepted by mail:
WV VOAD Disaster Relief Fund
815 Alderson St.
Williamson, WV 25661