NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Alive Hospice has 430 patients in 12 counties in Middle Tennessee who desperately need their care, and when the volunteers can’t get gas for their cars, it can be a problem.
“Our leadership team is figuring out how we are going to make sure that our patients get taken care of. It’s obviously the number one concern. It’s the number one goal for us. And for patients at the end of life, we don’t have another day, or sometimes we don’t have another couple of hours,” said Anna Gene O’Neal, CEO of Alive.
So as gas stations ran empty this weekend, the group teamed up with Yoshi gas delivery service.
The company came to the Alive Hospice headquarters in Nashville to fill up the cars for their doctors, nurses, caregivers, and volunteers.
“They wanted to be sure and take care of their patients, because with hospice patients, they don’t get a “do over”. They need to be there for their patients and families because this is an important time in our life,” said Larry Crockett of Yoshi.
“I’m proud to work for an employer who cares about their employees during this gas outage, so I think it’s really neat that they are doing this for us,” said Melissa Bungard, and Alive Hospice employee.
And this isn’t the only emergency that Alive Hospice needs to be prepared for.
“Whether its storms, or tornadoes, or floods, or power outages, that’s a part of our whole disaster management system. And when this hit over the weekend, and it really was precluding folks from being able to go where they need to go, we were collectively thinking, this is a disaster, as well as any other disaster that might hit,” said O’Neal.