A May 5 laundry fire at Baptist Golden Triangle resulted in smoke damage to thousands of hospital linens. But rather than discard the 28,000 bedspreads, blankets, towels, washcloths and blue underpads, these items will be washed and sanitized at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Health Center and used for four-legged patients. The items also will be shared with the Oktibbeha County Humane Society and used at its animal shelter.
Together with two older linen carts donated to the MSU Animal Health Center, the donation represents a value of more than $63,800.
“Even though the fire was unfortunate, we were able to give the damaged linens to the MSU Vet School to create something positive,” said Carl Powe, director of environmental services at Baptist Golden Triangle.
Dr. Joey Burt, MSU Animal Health Care director, said, “This donation will provide comfortable bedding for our patients during their recovery and allow reallocation of funds to other items, further supporting our mission of providing the best care possible.”
Baptist Golden Triangle has also donated clean and sanitized—but unusable—hospital linens such as patient gowns, sheets, and bedspreads to the Monroe County Humane Society and the Lowndes County Humane Society since September 2017.