Thrift store donations help Montana critical access hospital survive

Granite County Medical Center, a 25-bed Montana critical access hospital, faced a $60,000 shortfall last year due to increased costs and lower reimbursements, but assistance from a local thrift store allowed the hospital to meet basic needs such as medical supplies and payroll, according to the Helena Independent Record. Over the years, H&R Thrift Store, which operates with the goal of improving patient comfort, has regularly assisted the hospital and its long-term care facility with upgrades such as emergency department lighting, waiting room furniture and new beds, according to the article. "Everything that they've given has improved the quality of patients' lives," said Maria Stoppler, CEO of the hospital. Article