TAMPA, FL (October 7, 2022) – As nursing homes work to recover from Hurricane Ian, a Tampa-based startup is responding to their calls for help.
Gale Healthcare, a staffing company that helps nursing homes and other senior care facilities in Southwest Florida and nationwide find skilled nurses to work in their facilities, loaded a truck Friday afternoon with badly needed relief supplies.
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“Nursing homes do some of the most important work in our society, providing care for the most vulnerable. As a partner to these facilities, we know the challenges they face under normal conditions, and how devastating Hurricane Ian has been,” Tony Braswell, Gale President said. “We reached out to see how we can help, and quickly began gathering supplies that can help them get back up and running so they can provide their patients with the care they deserve.”
After Ian’s catastrophic destruction became clear, Gale reached out to nursing homes with extensive damage and asked for their facilities’ “wish lists”—what needed supplies will help you care for your patients?
The supplies from those wish lists—which include antibacterial wipes, rubber gloves, toiletries, blankets, towels, and more—were loaded onto a truck at Gale’s Headquarters near St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa Friday afternoon and will be delivered in the coming days to the facilities to help them care for their patients.
Gale is a Tampa Bay-based startup, with 53,000 nurses, nurse aides, and other clinicians using its app in 39 states. The Gale app is like the “Uber of Nursing.” Nurses can see open jobs at hospitals and nursing homes and choose to fill shifts in real-time—helping to fill gaps in care and address America’s nationwide nursing shortage.