How the Valley is Combating Rising Healthcare Costs

CHURCHVILLE, Va. (WHSV)-- "It's very sad that so many people are in need," said Linda Southard, an equipment donor.

Southard knows what it's like to go under the knife.

"I had surgery, complete knee replacement a few years ago and I needed a walker and a cane," said Southard.

Thankfully, Southard received the equipment she needed.

"I was lucky that a family member had things I could use," said Southard.

But she says that some people aren't as fortunate. That's why she donated to the "H.E.L.P." equipment drive at the Churchville pump station on Saturday. The drive collects all kinds of medical equipment, which they hope to rent out to people who wouldn't normally be able to afford it.

Just in the past three days, people here in Churchville and all over Augusta county have donated everything from wheelchairs to crutches and motorized hospital beds.

Healthcare costs have risen nearly 10 percent this year.

"Sometimes, insurance isn't able to provide you all the equipment that you need," said Stefanie Bartley, the coordinator of H.E.L.P.

Bartley says that anyone with a medical condition will be eligible to rent out the equipment.

"So having a place like this would allow them to supplement those extra pieces of equipment for just a short period of time, so I can put my resources towards other things I need such as paying for my medications," said Bartley.

She says they're still in need of all kinds of equipment for their official opening on Sep. 6. Bartley is hoping more people come and donate to help others who aren't so fortunate.

To get involved and help your neighbors please call 540-337-6023, or visit the link to Churchville's Facebook page on the sidebar of this story. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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