People who need medical equipment for a short time have a new resource available in Pratt at a very low cost, thanks to a partnership between The Hope Center and Medical Loan Closet in Wichita.

On Monday, Lloyd Hanna, executive director and founder of the non-profit, brought to Pratt a load of wheelchairs, walkers, commode chairs, a hospital bed and lift and other durable medical equipment that has been donated to him. Also in the load were a couple of CPAP machines, available only by doctor’s prescription, that he said retail for around $1,500 to $2,000.

Jeanette Gaider, office manager of The Hope Center says there is a need — by people who have had a knee replacement, for example, don’t qualify for help from Medicare and can’t afford the price of renting from a medical equipment company.

The Center will charge a small fee of $5 to $20 for most items, she said.

Hanna predicted that within a few months, the Hope Center won’t need him to supply equipment, because local people will be donating it.

The Hope Center is located at 314 S. Main and is open Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m.