Medical Equipment Recycling Program
The UPMC Horizon Community Foundation’s Medical Equipment Recycling Program provides refurbished medical equipment at no cost to area residents in need.
How the Program Works
The Medical Equipment Recycling Program (also known as MERP) is an initiative of the UPMC Horizon Community Health Foundation. MERP accepts donations of gently used medical equipment from area residents who no longer need it or from organizations which have collected the items and reuses them by loaning the equipment to community members who need it. MERP also accepts donations of certain unused medical supplies, such as adult diapers, bed pads and bandages, which are made available to anyone who needs them. Anyone in the community can take advantage of the program – they do not have to be UPMC patients to use MERP’s services!
When equipment is received or returned, MERP staff clean, inspect, and repair the equipment as necessary to ensure that it is in an excellent condition. When ready, the equipment is made available to loan out. This process provides no-cost equipment to those in the surrounding area who have financial or other needs preventing them from obtaining equipment on their own and saves equipment from being discarded before the end of its lifespan. A single piece of equipment, cared for in this way, can serve dozens of people during its useful life.
The goal of MERP is to improve general community health by ensuring that residents have the equipment they need to live safe, active and independent lives. You can participate in MERP’s work in a number of ways. If you have unused medical equipment or supplies that are in good condition, you can donate it to MERP for others to use. You can sign up to be a volunteer repairing equipment or assisting customers. You can also make a financial donation to help support MERP and the costs of obtaining, cleaning, repairing and loaning equipment to the community. Your support makes a difference!
Equipment we loan:
- Wheelchairs and Transport Chairs (prescription required)
- Bathroom equipment, including tub benches, shower chairs, tub bars, toilet bars, bedside commodes and raised seats
- Rollators (prescription required)
- Over the Bed Tables
- Reachers, sock aids and leg lifters
- Hoyer Lifts and slings
- Bed Assist Rails
- Knee Scooters (prescription required)
- Other durable medical equipment
You can request equipment by completing our online application.
Open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
707 Sharon-New Castle Road
Farrell, PA 16121
Phone: 724-347-MERP (6377)
Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2nd floor of Greenville UPMC Horizon Hospital
110 North Main Street
Greenville, PA 16125
From the main hospital entrance, take the elevator in the back of the lobby (Elevator C) to the 2nd floor
Phone: 724-589-MERP (6377)
How to Become Part of the Program
MERP could not operate without the generous support of donors, friends and volunteers. You can get involved in any of the following ways…
It’s easy to make a one-time or recurring donation to benefit MERP and help provide medical equipment to those who need it. Your gift helps ensure the program can purchase, clean and repair medical equipment to be used by community members. Click here to give now.
If you own medical equipment that is no longer needed, donate it to MERP for its use by those who need it! Equipment must be clean and in good condition to be used. Please call us at 724-347-MERP before delivering your equipment to us to ensure that we can use it.
We are always in need of volunteers to help transport, clean and refurbish our equipment, or to help customers get the equipment they need. Please contact us at 724-347-MERP to learn more about how you can help by becoming a MERP volunteer.
It’s easy to make a one-time or recurring donation to benefit MERP and help provide medical equipment to those who need it.
MERP News & Updates
The Medical Equipment Recycling Program in Farrell has been in its new building at 707 Sharon-New Castle Road for almost a year now and the comments have been favorable. "The new MERP is so clean and neat," said one comment card. Another claimed, "I had such a hard...
We are excited to announce the Farrell MERP is moving to a new location. In July, the MERP behind UPMC Horizon's Farrell Campus will be moving to its new location on the corner of Sharon-New Castle Road in Farrell. If you have visited the Farrell MERP within the last...
It was a very impressive year for the Medical Equipment Recycling Program. At a time when insurances are covering less equipment, we are thankful to community donations that have enabled us to help even more people. MERP loaned 2,989 pieces of equipment to 2,114...