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St. Luke’s is asking for donated crutches

More fallout from the supply chain shortage.
Hospitals are now having a hard time finding...
More fallout from the supply chain shortage. Hospitals are now having a hard time finding crutches, canes, and walkers because of an aluminum shortage. The world-wide supply chain is putting a strain on local hospitals forcing them to come up with creative ways to get certain supplies.(WBRC)
Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 5:50 PM MST
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Saint Luke’s Health System is asking for the community’s help in mitigating supply chain issues.

Ongoing supply chain issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic have led to shortages in aluminum, which is limiting the number of crutches for major hospital systems across the nation.

As a result, St. Luke’s Health System is starting a crutch drive and is asking community members to donate new or gently used crutches that are not being used and will support patients in need.

An official with Saint Luke’s says the hospital system goes through about 400 crutches a month.

“Some of the youth size crutches are the ones that we are struggling with, the most in the industry,” said St. Luke’s Senior Director of supply chain management Jason Merrill. “We are mitigating our supply through our normal mitigation strategies. We are air shipping when we can, we are finding alternative solutions.”

There are 10 drop-off locations within the Saint Luke’s system, including one here in Twin Falls at 738 North College Road. St. Luke’s will accept crutches Nov. 29 through Jan. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Donations of more than five pairs of crutches at a time can be dropped off at the St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center shipping and receiving building, 330 N. 2nd St., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon

BOISE

St. Luke’s Clinic – Orthopedics: Boise, Robbins Road (Entrance 2), Suite 100 600 N. Robbins Rd. Boise, ID 83702

St. Luke’s Clinic Family Health: Boise, McMillan Road 12080 W. McMillan Rd. Boise, ID 83713

EAGLE

St. Luke’s Eagle Medical Plaza - Patient Registration 3101 E. State St. Eagle, ID 83616

FRUITLAND

St. Luke’s Fruitland Medical Plaza 1210 NW 16th St. Fruitland, ID 83619

JEROME St. Luke’s Jerome Medical Center 709 N. Lincoln Ave. Jerome, ID 83338

KETCHUM

St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center 100 Hospital Dr. Ketchum, ID 83340

MCCALL St. Luke’s McCall Medical Center 1010 State St. McCall, ID 83638

MOUNTAIN HOME

St. Luke’s Elmore Medical Center 895 N. 6th E. St. Mountain Home, ID 83647

NAMPA

St. Luke’s Clinic – Family Medicine: Nampa, Greenhurst Road 3165 E. Greenhurst Rd. Nampa, ID 83686

TWIN FALLS

St. Luke’s Clinic – Orthopedics, Spine, and Plastic Surgery: Twin Falls 738 North College Rd., Suite A Twin Falls, ID 83301

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