Lithonia Resident, Laura Durojaiye, Celebrates 25 Years As TransCart President
By Deanna Cauthen
The Transcart, a state-of-the-art patient mobility vehicle, has been moving people in and around hospitals across the United States for the past 25 years. Laura Durojaiye, a long time Lithonia resident, is the inventor of the TransCart and president of Transquip International, a durable medical equipment business.
Durojaiye shared that she created the TransCart because she saw a void in the healthcare community that needed to be filled. “I wasn’t in it for the money”, said Durojaiye. “I was into it for what I could do for healthcare. This [vehicle] takes the burden off of nurses. It allows the staff to go back to using one person per move.”
Durojaiye, who was the Director of Transportation and Communications at Emory University Hospital, has been in the healthcare business for nearly four decades. She started her career at the Duke University Medical Center where she provided administrative support to the intensive care and operating units. Shortly thereafter, she accepted a position as Administrative Coordinator at North Carolina Memorial Hospital. She then moved to Atlanta in 1979 to manage the Eye/Ear, Nose and Throat Outpatient Clinics at Grady Memorial Hospital. She has also served as the Vice President of Administration for Essex Valley Healthcare in Orange, NJ and has worked as the Interim Health Assessment and Promotions Manager for DeKalb County Board of Health.
Although the original TransCart prototype went through nine revisions, Durojaiye believes that taking the time to perfect the product was time well spent.
“This product is evolutionary and timeless. It is ergonomically correct in that a 100 pound person can move a 500 pound person with just two fingers”, said Durojaiye. “Also, it’s a piece of clinical equipment in the sense that it can hold anything that’s needed to move a patient.”
Durojaiye was quick to point out the differences between the TransCart and a traditional wheelchair. “The wheelchair is not a comfortable seat”, said Durojaiye, “The TransCart uses a John Deere seat and is made for long term sitting.”
The TransCart is currently being used by several hospitals and medical centers nationwide including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory Health System, Grady Health System, Piedmont Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, the Veterans Administration in New Haven, Connecticut, and the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC. The company recently hired The ProWriter’s Studio, a public relations agency in metro-Atlanta, and has launched a marketing campaign to expand its base of clients.