LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) —  Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has not forgotten the people of Haiti, stricken by a devastating 7.0 earthquake that hit three years ago tomorrow.

The hospital has donated more than $326,000 in medical equipment, supplies and furniture to help in the Caribbean country’s continuing earthquake relief efforts.

The hospital filled six cargo containers with beds, cribs, pediatric ventilators and incubator warmers., among other supplies.

When Children’s Hospital vacated its former residence on Sunset Boulevard and moved into a new state-of-the-art facility next door in the summer of 2011, a lot of the hospital’s equipment was put in storage.

Dr. Henri Ford, the hospital’s vice president and chief of surgery, plans to travel back to his native country later this month to help oversee the donation of more than 650 items.

“Haiti’s recovery from the earthquake has been long and arduous and while this is a small contribution in the larger context of the country’s needs, every bit helps,” he said.

Elizabeth Cochran, associate vice president of  construction, design and facilities at the hospital, said Haitian health officials reviewed the goods prior to shipping.

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