We Do Healthcare Supplies

 
Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit.
We collect & distribute donated healthcare supplies to those in need
locally and globally at low or no-cost. Our common sense approach to making resources available through recycling is changing lives by helping customers to remain safe and independent in their homes during periods of medical recovery and natural aging

THE MISSION

Accessible and Affordable Supplies

 
To provide access to affordable healthcare equipment and supplies for all, through the collection and distribution of donated materials.

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LOCAL

HERO provides access to affordable healthcare equipment & supplies in our local community.

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GLOBAL

HERO provides lifesaving medical supplies for medical missions around the world.

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ENVIRONMENTAL

HERO protects the environment by recycling tons of reusable medical supplies each year.

THE VISION

Recycling through distribution

 
To increase accessibility of affordable healthcare equipment and supplies
through environmentally responsible programs and partnerships
that promote recycling through local and global distribution.

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THE REACH

Far and wide

 
With the help of global partnerships, HERO’s supplies have reached over 140 countries around the world and has provided thousands of people with life changing medical supplies. When you donate to HERO financially, shop our retail store, or donate your time and talents, you become part of that global impact for good.

HERO THROUGH THE YEARS

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HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Initially known as "Project HERO," the organization we know today as HERO, Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization, began in Fargo, ND as a mandate by the local chapter of the Association of Operating Room Nurses to address the large amount of wasted health care materials from local hospitals, created by the prohibition of re-shelving materials with opened outer wrappings. 

In 1996, a group of operating room nurses researched a method of safely recycling health care supplies and presented their project to F-M area healthcare facilities. The providers, who were once forced to discard opened packages because of the cost and liability of reprocessing, found the alternative of recycling very attractive. Now they could reduce costly medical waste expenses and help others at the same time.

HERO was born from that cooperative project and the number of agencies, health care facilities, and individuals joining the effort to recycle medical supplies continued to multiply.

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The generosity of local foundations and community leaders, helped HERO to expand its warehouse space and open its first storefront in 2000. 

HERO, Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization, as it is known today, has become an important resource particularly for seniors, disabled children and adults, individuals who are financially struggling, and people who are looking for a good deal for medical supplies. Anyone can come to HERO and receive equipment and supplies at low to no cost.

Donated supplies and equipment are collected from local healthcare facilities, agencies, and individuals. HERO also has been effective in serving the community by protecting the environment through significant reduction of the amount of perfectly usable medical supplies and DME from disposal into our local landfills and incinerators.

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It all started with the passion and dedication of that small group of O.R. nurses. An organization with such a humble beginning has become a large-scale operation with endless potential for helping many people.

We hope our message continues to be spread and that all those who believe in helping others by recycling medical supplies will be willing to offer their support.  

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Initially HERO’s focus was to collect and redistribute supplies for local medical mission teams serving third world countries.

In 1998, HERO became incorporated and filed for nonprofit status. A non-profit board was established a year later.

In 2000, HERO became a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. The HERO team soon recognized the need for more regional aid and decided to add a local focus to its mission.

HERO now supplys medically fragile and financially disadvantaged individuals with donated durable medical equipment (DME) and medical supplies. It has become the primary focus of HERO. 

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Through the efforts of a dedicated HERO board, staff, and an army of volunteers, HERO has grown exponentially since it's humble beginnings of operation out of a garage.

The message of collecting, recycling, and distributing durable medical supplies resonated with the community, allowing HERO to grow and expand its services and operation. 

Today we are located HERO proudly operates a retail space of 1200 square feet located at 5012 53rd St S, Ste C in south Fargo. Our warehouse storage includes 1500 square feet with future plans to expand and improve. 

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HERO TEAM MEMBERS

Board of Directors

Ann Miller
Vice Chair

Terry Kraft
Treasurer

Kristin Hauschild
Secretary

Allan Rostad
Tammy Lopez
Catherine Pladson
Peter Limvere
Anthony Molzahn
Peter Chamberlain
Tally Tinjum

Staff

 
A passionate group of individuals equally committed to the execution and success of the HERO mission and day to day operations, is our dedicated staff. The knowledeable, friendly staff is here to help with questions regarding inventory, missions, and department related inquiries.
 

Maren Gemar
Executive Director

Georgia Dufault
Operations Director

Bridget Ertelt 
Communications Coordinator

Eddy Doxtader
Warehouse Coordinator

Diane Holden
Operations Assistant

If you would like to contact a staff member, please click the link below to send a department specific or general inquiry by email, phone, or fax message. 

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