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Humanitarian Aid

Humanitarian Aid

The Biehls’ commitment has transcended throughout the business right down to the North Coast Medical family of employees. It is without hesitation the employees of North Coast Medical have chosen individually to participate in a matching program for catastrophic events. Employee contributions along with North Coast’s matching funds have enabled thousands of dollars to be sent to Katrina victims as well as those affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. If not financially, employees have rallied together to organize and ship rehabilitation products and supplies around the world to those affected by natural disasters or those lacking proper rehabilitation care.

It is why we say “From our hands to theirs”.


I was so appreciative of the discounted supplies for the ReSurge 2016 trip to La Paz , Bolivia. It was very successful. This trip is also an educational experience for PT students and indigenous personnel to learn orthotic fabrication skills. Thank you for your consideration, and assistance in this mission.

Jolene Anderson, OTR/L, CHT



Thank you so much! The Encore material was used to support children with disabilities in Ghana, West Africa. We worked directly with Mephibosheth Training Centre, a boarding school for children with disabilities. We also provided assessment and treatment for people who visited from local communities. Here are a few pictures to share! Our team of therapists and occupational therapy students worked in collaboration with Ghanaian students from the University of Education, Winneba (studying community based rehabilitation) and the University of Ghana (studying occupational therapy). Thank you for your generous donation!

Mariko Yamazaki-Sanchez, OTD, OTR/L, SWC

Cote d Ivoire

Cote d Ivoire

I would like to thank North Coast Medical for donating supplies. The team of surgeons and therapists treated 90 patients providing life transforming procedures.

Cheryl Bencala



One Delaware Tech service project went international when a group of occupational therapy assistant and human services students from the Owens, Terry and George Campuses traveled to Vietnam for 12 days to volunteer in orphanages and vocational training centers in Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Cam Ranh and Da Nang. In addition, they distributed food supplies to 171 families and helped build a home for a single mother with four children in rural Cam Ranh. Thank you for providing donations and significant discounts on items for our service projects in Vietnam.

Bobbi Barends, Ph.D.
Georgetown, Delaware



My thanks to NCM for the generous donation of supplies. The development of a Hand Therapy program at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Ghana is in its beginning phase. Volunteer hand therapists, like myself, are traveling to Ghana to focus on educating local physiotherapists on evaluation and treatment of hand and upper extremity related injuries. The items provided as donations have a positive and profound effect on both the patients receiving treatment and therapists who are providing care.

Adam Crelling, MS, OTR/L, CHT
Portland, Oregon

West Africa

Ghana, West Africa

There is probably no greater place in the world where hand therapy training and supplies are needed than West Africa. They truly have nothing.

Heather Wood, OTR/L, CHT, LMT

Wenzhou, China

Please know that because of your most generous donation many Chinese therapists are better resourced and many injured people in China are gaining functional use with their hands!

Heather Wood, OTR/L, CHT, LMT


We had a successful trip to Haiti and visited 2 hospitals; one serving spinal cord injured patients in Font de Blanc, another in Les Cayes serving children and adults in an outpatient clinic. The materials from North Coast Medical that you sent were so appreciated by the therapists and patients alike. As packages mailed to Haiti are often lost or stolen, the hand delivered materials were treasured. I split the materials and left some with each hospital, after we fabricated hand and foot/leg splints and braces. The staff was so grateful!

Thank you and your wonderful company for your genuine caring and generosity!

Ellen Carr, OTR CHT

Donating Supplies to the People of Nepal

Caring for people who would not have help is the best part of being a therapist! I would especially like to thank you [North Coast]for making this happen. The people of Nepal were so kind, caring and appreciative. I was the one lucky to be there.. .

Thank you so very much for all of your assistance for making the trip a success.

Susan Louie OTR/L, CHT


I cannot thank you enough for donating the supplies for my Medical mission trips to Nicaragua. I can tell you that I would not have been able to treat the post op patients that we had without your generous donation of materials especially the splinting material.

On Sunday, our clinic day we saw about 40 patients over the course of 4 hours without a break. There is so much mismanagement of injury and unnecessary disability; things you would never see in the US.

I was joined by another OT from New York and two hand surgeons from Indiana. We had a wonderful experience. I do hope to return to Nicaragua as there is so much need there and hope we can work together again in the future.

Thank you again for your most generous donations.

Heather Wood OTR/L, CHT


Our group of 11 people (5 physicians, 1 PT, 1 med. Student, 1 engineer, 1 nurse and 2 translators) were able to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of refugees in a tent city of 1500.

In the pictures you will see Reginette, a 13-year-old girl who had been walking home from school with her sister at the time of the earthquake. All she remembers is feeling dizzy and waking up to find her leg crushed and her sister dead beside her. Her left trans-tibial amputation was performed on a kitchen table with only Tylenol to lessen the pain. Before we arrived, she had had no follow up care since the surgery. By the time we left she was confidently walking around the tent city, negotiating stairs and more importantly, smiling.
Julie Morrison PT, DPT


We are so grateful for the splinting materials you provided from North Coast Medical, they were essential for working with patients in the clinics! During 8 days of clinic, the medical team of over 105 healthcare providers saw over 2000 patients. At one site in northern Uganda, we helped refugees that traveled over 8 hours from Sudan, sleeping at the clinic site, just to see medical professionals. Our team of occupational and physical therapists saw countless patients recovering from strokes, burns, head injuries, and developmental disabilities from birth.

This trip has touched the lives of so many people in more ways than I can begin to explain. I cannot thank you enough for your generous donation of equipment for this trip.

(A) We made long leg braces to help a 3 year old child who was not walking begin to stand, weight bear, and walk. (B) Making resting hand splints for child. We also made him the corner chair.

Custom made hand braces for a woman with severe RA. She was so excited because she said she could continue to work in her garden with the using the new braces!

Patty Coker
Patty Coker, PhD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor
Division of Occupational Therapy
Medical University of South Carolina


I just wanted to personally thank North Coast Medical for the generous donation for my trip to Nicaragua. You guys truly made a difference considering they had no splinting material or wound care supplies. Our team performed 30 hand surgeries that week in which the majority needed post operative splinting.

Jay Gerzmehle OTR/L CHT, CSCS, CEAS

You need to know how much the North Coast Medical donated supplies helped needy patients in Nicaragua. I also used the supplies to train some therapist. Thank you again for your generosity and helping so many people.

Tavi Karpilow