UND PA Program partners with HERO for surgical supplies

Skills for preparation for required Operating Room Rotation

As told by Terrie Wold, HERO volunteer

“I have volunteered at HERO for the past year.  During this time, I have been amazed by the volume of high quality medical supplies that are recycled through redistribution every day.  I have observed that saving items for students from a variety of education programs is a part of their local community program.  Recycling is HERO’s goal! Finding new ways to use donated supplies while enhancing learning becomes a win/win situation for all.

In July, I was invited back to the UND Physician Assistant Program to help coordinate their Fall 5-week Didactic Course.  During course development, preparing students for their required Operating Room and Emergency Room/Trauma Center clinical rotations became a goal.

The PA students come from varied healthcare backgrounds and prior exposure to the skill of scrubbing, gowning and gloving is inconsistent.  These skills have been taught in the classroom setting, previously, with limited access to supplies for practicing.  The program had purchased sterile gowns and gloves for each student but were for one-time use only.  It was a dream of our program director, Dr. Jeanie McHugo, to provide students with the opportunity to actually go to an OR environment to perform this skill without the pressure of performing for an actual surgical case.

Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND agreed to allow our students to come to their O.R. to scrub, gown, and glove after hours.  With fifty five students, it took three evenings to provide students with these hands-on learning sessions taught by Altru OR Nurses and PA’s.  To save costs and ease arrangement of this experience, students brought their program purchased sterile gown and gloves.

The Altru OR staff encouraged us to do a classroom lecture and practice session to expose them to the basics before their on-site skill-lab.  Supplies to use in the classroom became a priority.  With my connection to HERO and permission by Georgia Dufault, I started collecting surgical gloves and gowns late July through early September.  I gathered 30 gowns and 60+ gloves and cut foam sponges to be scrub brushes.  As we instructed each skill step in the classroom the students were able to practice the step using recycled HERO supplies.  Students worked in pairs with partner playing the role of the OR Nurse.

Students overwhelmingly appreciated this “hands-on” learning experience in both settings; communicating that practicing in the classroom significantly prepared them for the actual O.R. session at Altru.

We have HERO to thank for providing our PA students with this complete learning opportunity.  Without the recycled surgical gowns and gloves from HERO we would not have been able to provide this learning experience to our PA Students. Thank you HERO, you make a difference!”

Our new atmosphere


If you haven’t stopped by HERO for awhile, the next time you visit, you may notice some changes. Recently, a group of volunteers painted our retail store walls a light HERO green color and complimentary gray. We’re so grateful for the work the volunteers from Faith United Methodist Church. We also recovered our welcome desk to match.

Take a look at the new space:

HERO retail store

HERO retail store wallsThere are still quite a few yellow walls left in our hallway, board room, work room, and offices. We’re currently looking for small groups of great painting volunteers to help us finish up the transformation.

Please contact Georgia if your group would like to volunteer or call 701-212-1921.

UNICCO received healthcare supplies for Nimba County, Liberia

Liberia, UNICCO, global community, medical missionFor fourteen years, Liberia’s civil war destroyed families, communities, and their ability to meet healthcare needs. Now the war is over, but the damage remains. People are left with poor living conditions and face disease. On Friday, October 4, the United Nimba Citizen’s Council picked up thirteen pallets of healthcare supplies from HERO to send overseas to their counterparts in Liberia.

The United Nimba Citizen’s Council helps rebuild Nimba County, a county of Liberia, through unity, advocacy, public education and networking among its membership. One of the objectives of the organization is to improve the quality of education, healthcare, and community development among UNICCO members both in Liberia and in the United States.

Their partnership with HERO, Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization will assist with this objective. The representatives from UNICCO were so grateful for the supplies they received; they even brought lunch for HERO staff!

Posted below, you’ll hear more about their group and how HERO will impact our global community in Liberia.

Two NDSU football tickets (for this Saturday) could be yours

NDSU bisonWin 2 tickets to the NDSU Football game this Saturday

Be the first person to sign up for Heart of HERO sustaining donor program today at the $250 level and win tickets!

What is Heart of HERO? A sustaining donor program is a hallmark of intelligent operations at any non-profit organization. It’s an efficient way to conduct development and a cost-effective way for you to have a lasting impact on HERO and those in need of essential healthcare supplies.

Find out more about Heart of HERO and sign up: click here.

The first person to sign up at the $250 level, today, will win two tickets in section 22 to the Bison game this Saturday against Northern Iowa at 2:30 pm.

Ty Hegland
Executive Director

Join us at the West Fest Parade

Join us at the West Fest Parade! We want to have as many supporters as possible celebrate with us.


Bring your family, friends, and neighbors. Wear your favorite scrubs, green shirt, or HERO shirt and support us in the parade.

Lineup: 10:00 AM 4th Street and 4th Avenue near the Lodoen Center in West Fargo, ND. Parade will begin moving at 12:30PM

Start time: 1:00 PM

Route: Begins at the corner of 3rd Street and 2nd Ave and will go to Sheyenne Street then to 10th Ave and end at 2nd Street.

Invite your friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/492872184129448/

Sign up at http://herofargo.org/events/west-fest-parade/