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As Flood Waters Rise, ImageFIRST Cedar Rapids Takes Action

Posted by ImageFIRST on Nov 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM

At ImageFIRST, when things get serious, whether in the form of a sudden medical emergency, impending natural disaster or personal crisis, we take action. We are guided in everything we do by our purpose, which is to build a great company by positively impacting the lives of our associates, our community, our customers, and their patients. Our purpose dictates that when the going gets tough, we jump in and help, whether a customer needs emergency medical uniforms in Springfield, IL, or our community needs support.

This past fall, our associates in Cedar Rapids rose to a challenge presented by an impending flood. In 2008, the Cedar River rose almost 20 feet over flood stage, destroying much of downtown and more than 4,000 homes. It was ranked the 6th worst natural disaster in US history. In 2016, the Cedar River threatened the community once more – but this time, the community was prepared.

Ahead of the rising waters, Mike Marion, Service Manager for ImageFIRST Cedar Rapids, helped one of our physical therapy customers prepare for the flood. He drove our new 26-foot delivery truck to our customer’s facility, which is located just one block off the Cedar River. With the help of their staff and volunteers, Mike loaded the clinic’s belongings onto the truck and drove them to a safe storage facility across town.

Mike spent the rest of the weekend going out into the flood zone and helping other local businesses evacuate their equipment, inventory and other belongings. One business located in Czech Village, which had been entirely demolished in 2008, would have suffered major damage again without the help of Mike and other volunteers. They spent hours sandbagging and building a levee along the river - avoiding disaster and ensuring local businesses wouldn’t lose time or money after the flood.

At ImageFIRST, there’s no limitation for what we’ll do to make a positive impact. We live our purpose every day by providing cost-effective healthcare linen, patient gowns and scrub uniforms that enhance patient satisfaction to Springfield, IL, and other cities throughout the US and Puerto Rico. Learn more about our purpose and continued efforts to help our community in need at