Allegheny Health Network donates medical supplies and a mobile x-ray machine to war-torn Ukraine.
AHN radiation oncologist Dr. Alexander Kirichenko, originally from Kyiv, Ukraine, said he received several phone calls and correspondence over the weekend from Dr. Sergey Zemskov of the National Medical University of Ukraine, asking for medical supplies and equipment to help treat injured Ukrainians.
“Our city surgery departments and clinics are currently experiencing critical shortages of essential surgical equipment and instruments to provide emergency care – a mobile x-ray machine is most important now,” Zemskov wrote, an oncological surgeon.
Kirichenko described the plea as “urgently needed” and brought Zemskov’s request for help to the attention of AHN administrators.
In response, AHN is donating a 3-year-old Siemens Healthineers mobile x-ray machine worth approximately $200,000.
Additionally, West Penn Hospital is donating approximately 80 pallets of medical supplies.
The machine and supplies will be transported this week by Brother’s Brother Foundation in New Jersey. The items will then be airlifted to Poland. From there, the supplies will be loaded onto a truck for final transport to Kyiv.
“Our hearts go out to all the people of Ukraine,” said Dr. Vicenta Gaspar Yoo, president of Allegheny Valley Hospital. “I’m glad we’re filling a need, and we can help more victims by donating.”
Brother’s Brother covers transportation costs and AHN Regional Imaging Services Administrator Carson Kepler said Allegheny Valley Hospital has multiple x-ray units on site and is able to meet demand. .
Kepler said hospital X-ray operations at Allegheny Valley Hospital will not be affected by the donation.
The shipment is expected to arrive in Ukraine in early April, Kepler said.
Kirichenko said he has close contact with doctors and other medical personnel in Ukraine and that relatives live there.
“I used to live there, and now, where a huge, beautiful mall used to be, it’s been bombed,” he said.
Kirichenko said the X-ray unit will be used in operating rooms to screen patients and check for shrapnel and other foreign objects caused by blunt injuries.
“They lack daily surgical supplies,” Kirichenko said. “They (the medical staff) are working 24/7, and the Russians have bombed some hospitals.”
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