The history of Nu-Hope is an interesting one of tragedy turned into triumph. Nu-Hope was born out of necessity. The founder, Edmund N. Galindo, was born in Mexico and raised in Los Angeles, CA. After graduating from Polytechnic High School in 1933, Edmund apprenticed as a silk screen printer. Eventually, he married, had four children and became a partner in a silk screen printing business. During this time Edmund was battling chronic kidney disease. He was not aware of the seriousness of his disease until he volunteered for the war effort in 1941. Doctors were so alarmed by his condition they told him he had only one more year to live. But by some progressive thinking doctors, he survived that prediction by 18 years.
When medical treatment was no longer effective, a urinary diversion was performed in January 1958. At that time ostomy products were complicated, crude and relatively ineffective. There were many months of frustration and anguish trying to use these products. There was frequent leakage that caused pouches to be changed often that resulted in skin breakdown after a few days. When serious problems arose, there were no Esterostomal Therapists to turn for help. And there was frequent laundering of clothing and bed linen.
However, Edmund was not about to give up. Being of keen mind, he experimented with new appliance designs. By the middle of 1958 he succeeded. Ed proved the worthiness of his new appliance system on himself, returning to his active life of business, golf and swimming. The doctors in the Los Angeles area were so impressed with his success that they urged him to manufacture and market his appliances so that others might benefit. At first, supplies and appliances were freely handed out. Soon it became apparent that in order to continue helping others a company had to be formed. Thus, in 1959, Nu-Hope Laboratories, was founded. The name was derived from Mrs. Galindo's first name "Hope", and the feeling that they were offering "new hope" to others in need. Unhappily, Edmund Galindo's health continued to deteriorate and on November 11, 1959, he passed away.
Determined to carry on the founder's legacy, Hope Galindo and 19 year old son Eugene continued with the business. In 1974 Edmunds daughter, Louise, became an active member of the family business for 20 years.
During the pioneering years, Gene Galindo visited and fitted hundreds of ostomy patients in hospitals and homes and learned much about stomas and stoma care. Dealing with the many different shapes and sizes presented new challenges. Stoma placement, skin conditions, and the new ostomate's acceptance of their ostomy were all issues that needed to be addressed. Enterostomal Therapists did not exist at that time and Nu-Hope partially filled that need, working closely with the medical profession and ostomy associates.
Currently there are over 6,000 E.T.'s and several W.O.C.N. accredited Educational Programs. Nu-Hope continues to work closely with E.T.'s to provide innovative products and services for their special needs. Over the years Nu-Hope has built a reputation of manufacturing innovative, high quality, reliable ostomy appliances and accessories.
Manufacturer of quality ostomy appliances and related products.
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To provide the best healthcare products for those persons with ostomies, fistulas, skin care problems, hernias, and other related needs within the scope of our abilities, and to offer education, security, and peace of mind in the use of Nu-Hope products.