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Hurricane Florence Crisis Response

  • October 29, 2018
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  • Crown Healthcare

Hurricane Florence Crisis Response

When a crisis occurs, our Crown team members step up and work long days and nights with one single focus: taking care of our customers when they need us the most. So, when Hurricane Florence hit our service area last month, we did everything we could to ensure that the hospitals and medical centers that depend on our supplies were able to continue running smoothly in the middle of a natural disaster.

Here are a few of our employees who went above and beyond to help out during Hurricane Florence. Thank you for your amazing work!

  • Jeff Jenkins and Steve Hodges jumped into a truck during Florence and delivered linen to New Hanover when all the normal routes were closed, spending 10+ hours taking the back roads on a trip that is normally less than 2 hours.
  • All the drivers that went out and delivered the linen right up to the last minute, and then in some cases were the first truck to make it back to the customer after the storm passed.
  • Josh Yoast who has been through numerous storms and flooding events in South Carolina and kept all of his customers stocked with linen. The guy never hesitates to jump in a truck or take matters into his own hands to take care of his customers. Todd Ford did the same when he was at the Walterboro depot and he now has us covered in Lakeland!
  • Justin Mitten, VP of sales for the Eastern Division, who hunkered down inside of a large customer’s facility in Jacksonville, FL for three days and helped Eugene Putinitsev and his distribution team move supplies out of a rapidly flooding basement.
  • Rick Hamlin, Ann Harber, Jerry Brand, Gary Pawlak, Brenda Krause, Sam Anderson, Ray Straughn, Debbie Johnson, Jimmy Tillman, Bill Sopp, Becky and Jamie Smith: our seasoned veterans who go into Crown mode every time the need arises to take care of our customers.

Coming through for our customers when they need us the most is what keeps us motivated every single day. And our customers notice our extra effort. It has helped Crown grow from serving one HCA hospital back in 1997 to now serving three divisions and 46 of their hospitals. Now, with a sixth plant scheduled to open in Lakeland, Florida next year, we’ll be able to help even more medical facilities get the linens and uniforms that they need, whether it’s during a hurricane or during a sunny day.

Our thoughts and best wishes are with our customers, employees, and everyone else who has been affected by Hurricane Florence.

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