In the wake of the tragic and devastating floods that hit West Virginia late last week, the West Virginia State Medical Association (WVSMA), through its West Virginia Medical Foundation (WVMF), has established a special disaster relief fund to collect donations to support the ongoing relief efforts throughout the state. The WVMF is a 501 C(3) not-for-profit charitable foundation under IRS law.
I have asked Coy Flowers, MD, WVSMA Vice President-elect and current president of the Greenbrier Valley Medical Society to spearhead our relief efforts. Dr. Flowers is a practicing OBGYN in Lewisburg, WV, near the areas most devastated by the flooding, and has agreed to work closely with the WVSMA, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and many other agencies in assessing and prioritizing areas of greatest need. He will be our “boots on the ground” from a physician perspective. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his cell phone at 304-206-7782. Karen Foy, WVMF Director, will work closely with Dr. Flowers to help coordinate communication, answer questions from donors, process donations and assist in outreach. Her email email@example.com, and her office phone is 304-925-0342 x25.
The flooding in central and southeastern West Virginia is historic. The recovery for thousands of West Virginians and dozens of counties and towns across this state is going to be a long, difficult process that requires a multitude of needs. Many of these needs can be anticipated, such as vaccines, first aid supplies, flashlights, batteries, and cleaning supplies and equipment. However, there will be just as many needs that are not anticipated or will not be fulfilled by governmental agencies or local organizations in the affected communities. These can include but are not limited to crisis intervention, mental health services, housing, water, food, clothing and other such services.
The WVMF Disaster Relief Fund will enable Medical Associations, both local societies and state associations from around the nation, as well as pharmaceutical and medical device corporations and other strategic partners from within and outside the state to donate monies that can be utilized to provide basic medical relief efforts and to fill the gaps unexpectedly discovered in the recovery effort.
WVSMA offices at 304-925-0342
Thank you in advance for generosity and compassion!
Paula Taylor, MD
President, WVSMA and WVMF
Coy Flowers, MD,
Chair, WVMF Disaster Relief Fund