CHCC gets new wheelchairs

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Posted on Mar 21 2019

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Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. chief executive officer Esther Muña and CHCC director of medical affairs John Tudela pose with the wheelchairs donated by Medquest Medical Supplies yesterday. (Erwin Encinares)

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. got two brand new wheelchairs yesterday from a medical supplier on-island as a donation to the lone hospital in the CNMI.

Medquest Medical Supply gave the Commonwealth Health Center medical ward two wheelchairs—size 18s and size 22s—after CHC director of medical affairs John Tudela reached out to them.

“One of the problems usually is having patients transferred [within the hospital] to different departments for testing… One of the issues is we do not have enough wheelchairs,” he said.

According to Tudela, the ward only has four wheelchairs. Ideally, the ward should have 10.

“This is one of the things that we always had problems with in transferring patients,” he said.

Medquest manager Ellen Dionisio told Saipan Tribune that they did not have any second thoughts about making the donation.

“Medquest Medical Supply [made the donation] because we believe in the value of social good through charity,” she said.

According to Dionisio, both wheelchairs cost them about $1,300.

CHCC chief executive officer Esther Muña noted that Medquest has been a long-time partner of the hospital.

“[They] have helped us with patients discharged from the hospital to their home,” she said. “We look at our system [of] working together with all the providers, and this donation just adds up to our partnership.”

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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