Western Region Volunteers honored at Annual Appreciation Event

On Saturday, May 3, MedShare’s Western Region held its 6th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Party at the Sorting and Distribution Center in San Leandro, California.  More than 80 of our volunteers, their family and friends gathered for a celebration to recognize the gift that they are to our organization.  Our warehouse was transformed, glittering with overflowing treasure chests of chocolate gold coins, beads, and gemstones showing just how much We Treasure Our Volunteers!

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talks with volunteers.]

Presidential Service Awards were presented to honor our most dedicated volunteers.  With over 500 hours of service this past year, Marsha Felton was awarded the Gold Medal for our adult volunteers.

Silver Awards (250+ hours of service) were presented to John Morton, Nassim Nouri, Fran Jurcso, JoAnna Hansen-Morton, and Susan Dyer.Bronze Awards (100+ hours of service) were awarded to Camille Harris, Nancy  Menne, Joe Margevicius, John Dietz, Camille Didas, Lynne Allen, Audrey Ewart, Virginia Godkin, Judy Bulman, Hazel Clendening, Mary Asturias, Dave Mantooth, Paul Litsky, Carolyn Keeney, Nancy Jee, Gloria Jancoski, Lynn Moreau, Karin Fetherston, Susie Plumb, Kathy Lynn Ho, Terry Monday, Eve Stone Trimble, Arleen Sakamoto, Lya Ackermann, Gail Carter, Rosemarie Ramos, Trinh Nguyen, Alana Musante, Marsha Nishikawa, Ken Li, Sue Naset, Dr. Helen Vajk, Jason Lee, Cathryn Jew, Barbara Gasparian, Matthew Schumann, Carol Fullerton, Rissa Coplan, Ted Almida, Mary Lou Groff, Natalie Clendening, Kristine Houglet, Jonah Levy, and Carol Grappo.

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[Western Region Volunteer Programs Manager Gabby Brandt (above far left) with Gold Award adult volunteer Marsha Felton is above left, center. Gold Award youth volunteer Elijah Levy is above, far right.]

Our youth award winners (up to age 14) shined this year.  Elijah Levy was awarded the Gold award with more than 100 hours of service.  James Turrentine received the Silver award (75+ hours), and Steffi Kwok received the Bronze award (50+ hours of service).  We have been blessed many times by the continuing commitment of all these award-winning volunteers!

We were also joined by a special guest, Dr. Bwire Chirangi, who gave a presentation about his hospital in Shirati, Tanzania.  MedShare recently sent a container to this hospital, fully sponsored by our Western Region volunteers.

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Dr. Chirangi (pictured above at the event) showed photos of MedShare’s 40-foot container arriving at Shirati Hospital. He expressed his sincere gratitude to our volunteers for all that they have done to help his hospital by raising the $25,000 sponsorship and packing the boxes of much-needed medical supplies for the container.  We truly have amazing volunteers!

Special thanks go to Horatio’s Restaurant, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Blue Dish, Paramount Piroshki, Bay Cities Produce, Safeway, and Costco for donating most of the food and drink for the event. Special thanks also to Dignity Health, Loard’s Ice Cream, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Whole Foods Lafayette, Whole Foods San Ramon, Trader Joe’s Castro Valley and a Friend of MedShare for donating the beautiful gift baskets and prizes that we gave away on Saturday. We appreciate all their contributions toward honoring these very special people, our volunteers!

 

 

Congratulations to Health Care Heroes Dr. Toni Brayer and Dr. Enoch Choi!

The San Francisco Business Times recently named two friends of MedShare as “Health Care Heroes”. Both Dr. Brayer (Chief Medical Officer with Sutter Health’s West Bay Region) and Dr. Choi (from Sutter’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation) have used medical supplies provided by MedShare while on their medical missions.

They are both committed to providing care to those most in need after disasters around the globe – notably, after the Haitian earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, and the more recent earthquake in Japan.


Dr. Brayer’s profile http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2012/07/27/brayer-brandishes-her-medical-might.html

Dr. Choi’s profile http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2012/07/27/his-mission-delivering-urgent-care.html

Environmental Innovation Award for MedShare

MedShare received Acterra’s 2012 Business Environmental Award in the category of Environmental Innovation for their ground-breaking program to recycle surplus medical supplies and equipment.

Acterra’s Business Environmental Awards is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s oldest and most prestigious environmental recognition programs. Initiated in 1990, it is considered a heavyweight among award programs due to its rigorous application and judging process. “Our awardees must demonstrate their environmental commitment and achievements through a careful vetting process,” states Committee Chair Laura Teksler. “In addition to a thorough written application, the top contenders must demonstrate their programs’ merits firsthand to the judges during a visit to the applicants’ facilities. By the time they are selected to receive our award, they have truly proven that their programs are “setting the bar” in corporate environmental leadership.”

MedShare Western Region Staff

MedShare was recognized for their efficient recovery and redistribution of surplus medical supplies and equipment that helps to improve the environment and healthcare for the medically underserved. As California’s first high-volume medical supply recycler, MedShare’s reuse program is changing the landscape of medical waste disposal in the State.

MedShare collects unused, unexpired surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals and medical distributors.  These are items that would be destined for landfills, but instead, MedShare redistributes them to needy hospitals in developing countries as well as community-based health clinics throughout California.

“MedShare continues to deliver innovative solutions for healthcare providers that want to green their operations and we are honored that our waste reduction efforts are being recognized by Acterra Business Environmental Awards,” said Chuck Haupt, Executive Director, MedShare’s Western Region. “In cooperation with leading hospitals and manufacturers we were able to divert an amazing 228 tons of surplus from local landfills in 2011.”

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In Northern California, there are more than 30 hospitals participating in MedShare’s innovative Hospital Recovery Program, including Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente, and Dignity Health.  These hospitals recognize the local environmental benefit that their contributions have, as well as the impact that they will have on people’s lives around the globe.

“In 14 years of operation as a national organization, MedShare has shipped over 800 forty-foot ocean containers of surplus medical supplies and equipment to hospitals in 93 developing nations,” said Meridith Rentz, MedShare’s CEO & President.  “This accounts for over two million cubic feet of landfill space saved.  We could not have achieved this level of impact without partnerships with forward-thinking health systems and manufacturers of medical supplies who are committed to operating in an environmentally sustainable manner.”