Gem State Roundup

Crutches are in low supply. St. Luke’s needs your help.

By: - November 23, 2021 2:52 pm
Photo of St. Luke's Downtown Boise hospital

St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center is one of the hospitals that took patients from around the state and Northwest region during the COVID-19 surge that stretched from fall to winter 2020. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

A missing link in the supply chain is now keeping crutches from reaching the people who need them.

“Ongoing supply chain issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic have led to shortages in aluminum,” a St. Luke’s Health System news release said.

Do you have new or gently used crutches, especially those made for adults? Here’s how you can help.

If you have more than five pairs of crutches to donate, you can drop them off at the St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center shipping and receiving building, at 330 N. 2nd St., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, between Nov. 29 and Jan. 3.

If you have five or fewer pairs to donate, you can drop them off at these St. Luke’s locations Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., between Nov. 29 and Jan. 3:

  • Boise
    St. Luke’s Clinic – Orthopedics, 600 N. Robbins Road, Suite 100, Boise
    St. Luke’s Clinic – Family Health, 12080 W. McMillan Road, Boise
  • Eagle
    St. Luke’s Eagle Medical Plaza, Patient Registration, 3101 E. State St., Eagle
  • Fruitland
    St. Luke’s Fruitland Medical Plaza, 1210 NW 16th St., Fruitland
  • Jerome
    St. Luke’s Jerome Medical Center, 709 N. Lincoln Ave., Jerome
  • Ketchum
    St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center, 100 Hospital Drive, Ketchum
  • McCall
    St. Luke’s McCall Medical Center, 1010 State St., McCall
  • Mountain Home
    St. Luke’s Elmore Medical Center, 895 N. 6th E. St., Mountain Home
  • Nampa
    St. Luke’s Clinic – Family Medicine, 3165 E. Greenhurst Road, Nampa
  • Twin Falls
    St. Luke’s Clinic – Orthopedics, Spine and Plastic Surgery, 738 North College Road, Suite A, Twin Falls

For questions and other information, email [email protected].

The Treasure Valley’s other large hospital system, Saint Alphonsus Health System, doesn’t have a need for crutches at this time, a representative said.

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Audrey Dutton
Audrey Dutton

Audrey Dutton, senior investigative reporter, joined the Idaho Capital Sun after 10 years at the Idaho Statesman. Her favorite topics to cover include health care, business, consumer protection issues and white collar crime. Dutton hails from Twin Falls. She attended college at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City. Before coming home to Idaho, Dutton worked as a journalist in Minnesota, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Dutton's work has earned dozens of state, regional and national awards for investigative reporting, health care and business reporting, data visualization and more.