UCHealth donating $200K in medical supplies to Project C.U.R.E.’s efforts in Ukraine

Colorado-based Project C.U.R.E collecting donations to help Ukraine
March 15, 2022
UCHealth is donating nearly 120 pallets of medical supplies to Project C.U.R.E. to help people in war-torn Ukraine. Photo: Dan Weaver, UCHealth.

UCHealth is donating more than $200,000 in medical supplies to Project C.U.R.E., a nonprofit organization that is shipping the medical supplies to Ukraine to help people who have been injured in the war.

Nearly 120 pallets of medical supplies, items that can be used in field hospitals where Ukraine’s wounded are treated, have been donated by UCHealth. Supplies include syringes, gloves, suction equipment, bandages, masks, isolation gowns, and skin prep trays with items needed to clean skin before surgeries and procedures.

“The things that we just got from UCHealth are absolutely imperative for what is going on in Ukraine right now,’’ said Douglas Jackson, president and CEO of Project C.U.R.E., an international nonprofit organization headquartered in Centennial, Colorado. “Think about all of the wounds and the surgeries and the things that happen because of trauma and because of war.’’

A forklift driver moves supplies for Project C.U.R.E.
Supplies include items that can be used to care for people in field hospitals in Ukraine. Photo: Dan Weaver, UCHealth.
UCHealth's manager of supply chain speaks to the media about the donation of medical supplies to war-torn Ukraine
Keith Bresciani, UCHealth’s southern Colorado inventory manager, speaks to representatives from media organizations in Colorado Springs.  Photo: Cary Vogrin, UCHealth.

Project C.U.R.E. collects medical equipment and supplies that doctors and nurses need to save lives. Project C.U.R.E. estimates it will take several days and many truckloads to move the supplies from UCHealth’s warehouses in Aurora and Colorado Springs.  The supplies will then be airlifted to a major city in Europe and then transported to Ukraine along designated safe routes and zones.

“At the start of COVID, we experienced what it’s like to be short on crucial medical supplies, and we know the challenges that presents,” said Keith Bresciani, UCHealth southern Colorado inventory manager. “I’m very pleased that we are able to share with people in need and am proud to work for an organization that is supporting humanitarian efforts.”

A Project C.U.R.E. truck loaded with medical supplies leaves a UCHealth warehouse in Colorado Springs. Photo: Cary Vogrin, UCHealth.
A Project C.U.R.E. truck loaded with medical supplies leaves a UCHealth warehouse in Colorado Springs. Photo: Cary Vogrin, UCHealth.

UCHealth is also donating all proceeds from evrē, a signature health initiative celebrating all women. On Saturday, March 12, women gathered in Denver for the annual evrē – pronounced “every” — event that features speakers and exercises to promote wellness and fitness. The $10,000 donation will help offset the shipping costs of the donated supplies.”

David Davis, director of supply chain for the UCHealth Anschutz Medical Campus, said supply chain experts reviewed UCHealth inventories and loaded pallets.

“We were able to look at our inventory levels and then donate to this great cause. … We went through our lists (of supplies) and said, ‘What could we use in field hospitals?’’’

Volunteers are invited to help Project C.U.R.E. and monetary donations are always welcome. Visit www.projectcure.org for information.

“We’d love to have people come down and volunteer,’’ Jackson said. “They can help sort and pack these things. They may have some medical supplies, crutches and walkers, those kinds of things (to donate); and they can always support us financially.’’

About the author

Cary Vogrin is a media relations specialist for UCHealth. She joined UCHealth in 2015, coordinating media stories and responding to media requests for UCHealth hospitals and clinics in southern Colorado.

Prior to joining UCHealth, Vogrin was a newspaper reporter and editor, having worked at The Fort Dodge Messenger in Fort Dodge, Iowa; The Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, California; The Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado; and The Gazette in Colorado Springs, where she covered health care.