In response to three major hurricanes making direct landfall in the U.S and Puerto Rico throughout August and September, The Cardinal Health Foundation contributed nearly $2 million in product donations to AmeriCares
and World Vision International
, two disaster relief organizations experienced in getting medical supplies quickly to those in need. Employees also personally donated tens of thousands of dollars to help those colleagues most impacted by the storms.
In addition to these contributions, many employees worked front and center to support rescue and relief efforts during Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The stories below highlight how collaboration and dedication helped overcome barriers in Texas and Florida for our customers and employees.
Kelly Bornstein, regional area manager of Nuclear Pharmacy Services at Cardinal Health – Tampa, FL
Cardinal Health never missed delivering a dose of medication in the West Florida region. If the customer was up and running, so was Kelly and her team. In times of incredible challenge, our empathetic, courageous and dedicated employees made impressive sacrifices of time and comfort to help our customers and each other.
Unlike many others in the area, Cardinal Health did not have to shut down. Our delivery drivers ensured time-critical, essential pharmaceuticals got to patients in need.
Before the hurricane hit, the Nuclear Pharmacy Services team at Cardinal Health proactively sent details to all customers on how to secure any nuclear products at their sites in case of evacuation or damage. They called each acute care center to help guide them through suggestions on how to address late deliveries, bulk doses, etc. to ensure they were prepared for the weekend and potential damage.
Maria Sobremesana, technical sales consultant of National Accounts at Cardinal Health, and Miki Stripling, pharmaceutical account manager of Acute Care Sales at Cardinal Health – Houston, TX
Teams coordinated an airlift from Dallas to Austin and on to Houston to get critical life-saving drugs to three key hospital customers in the Houston market. Our Global Security, Operations and Sales teams worked vigorously with local flight crews to transport approximately 100 totes to patients in need
During this very trying time, Cardinal Health employees showed their dedication and ongoing effort to meet customer needs in very challenging situations. On Tuesday, Aug. 29, Maria and Miki worked with employees in our Stafford, Texas distribution center to ensure deliveries got to where they were most needed. They then delivered a list of critical item orders in their personal vehicles to two local hospitals that evening.
Vince Lester, Sr. Analyst, IT Internal Audit at Cardinal Health – Dublin, OH
Vince, a former Army Ranger, drove for two days from Ohio to Texas and joined up with other fellow Rangers to help those impacted by the storm. They launched boats in the Beaumont and Port Arthur area, seeking those who needed food, water, medical attention or evacuation. They rescued civilians and animals for four days and nights, and were offered a place to sleep from locals filled with gratitude.