ALTON — St. Anthony’s Medical Equipment closed its books Oct. 31, 2013, and Med Resources was born the next day.
An ancillary division of their parent company, Delmar Gardens, Med Resources has grown and expanded to provide more services to keep senior citizens and sick or injured clients safely in their homes.
A durable medical equipment company, Med Resources handles anything from oxygen tanks to hospital beds, lift chairs, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, wheelchairs and mobility scooters, as well as orthopedic equipment.
“It’s our job to keep patients safe and in their homes,” Med Resources Branch Operations and Sales Manager Chris Nicholson said. “One thing that sets us apart from other durable medical equipment companies is the clinicians we have on site. We have respiratory therapists on staff and a dietitian who goes to homes and helps people with their feeding tubes to avoid complications.”
Med Resources is open to walk-in clients as well as referrals from hospitals and doctor’s offices.
“We supply orthopedic items to 17 emergency rooms covering both Illinois and Missouri,” Nicholson said. “People can come in without a referral to browse and purchase from our retail area, or they can be referred from their doctor or hospital. We can check their insurance to see if any of the devices can be covered.”
A new element at Med Resources is the addition of orthotist Cortlan Bruce, who has a background in athletic training.
“We would love to get the word out to area high schools and colleges to let them know Cortlan could offer help to their athletes,” Nicholson said. “He also works with patients who may be in need of anything from diabetic shoes to suffering from spinal fractures.”
An on-site respiratory therapist has a sleep station available to help get patients established with a new CPAP machine while finding the best unit to fit the client’s need. Because sleeping positions are as individual as fingerprints, finding the right fit is a priority for Med Resources staff.
“Hospitals can be heavily fined if a patient is re-admitted within 30 days,” Nicholson said. “We want to do our part to keep patients out of the hospital and keep them safe in their own homes. People are living longer and it’s our goal to help them stay in their homes and independent as long as possible. Our technicians can help our clients face-to-face to answer questions, go through the checklist of how to use their new equipment and we take pride in that. We follow up with the clients to make sure they follow their physicians’ instructions and are using our products safely and efficiently.”
Med Resources can be reached at (618) 466-5632 and is located at 2350 State St. in Alton. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and closed Sundays.