Project C.A.R.E. Benefits Caregivers and Patients



University Medical Center Foundation’s Project C.A.R.E. (Community Access to Rehabilitation Equipment) accepts donations of new or gently used durable medical equipment and prepares them to be redistributed to UMC patients in need and referred by their social worker.

Francis Porter Green (shown above on the right) cared for her mother for 20 years. When her mother passed, Francis decided to search Google for an organization who might need her mother’s hospital bed, low air loss mattress and shower transfer bench. She was directed to Carolyn Williams, UMC Foundation Volunteer Corps’ Program Manager who oversees Project C.A.R.E. (Carolyn shown above on the left.)

“Durable medical equipment donated to us doesn’t stay around for very long,” said Carolyn. “We receive the donation and often just as fast a request is made by a social worker at UMC on behalf of someone who needs it.”      

Martha Adriano is a caregiver to her mother. Monica Cordova, UMC Social Worker filled out a request to Project C.A.R.E. for a hospital bed for Martha’s mother who was being discharged. The patient’s standard bed was too low and made her back hurt.

Carolyn was able to deliver a hospital bed to Martha’s mother. “Donors like Francis make Project C.A.R.E. a success,” said Carolyn.

For more information or to donate used durable medical equipment to Project C.A.R.E., contact Carolyn Williams at 915-521-7229, ext. 80528, cwilliams@umcelpaso.org.