Atlanta native Charles Redding named CEO and President of MedShare

ImageThe MedShare family welcomes Charles Redding as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President, effective May 5, 2014. Redding succeeds Meridith Rentz, who served as the organization’s CEO and President for the last three years. Rentz resigned in April 2014 to spend more time with her family. Her last day at MedShare was May 2nd.

“Charles has a keen global perspective and a strong vision for MedShare’s ongoing commitment to making the world a better place,” said Thomas Asher, MedShare’s board chair. “What Charles has done for MedShare in just two years is outstanding. He is the right person at the right time to take our organization to the next level of service excellence for our recipients worldwide.”

Redding has been MedShare’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) since 2012. He led the company’s efforts to expand into the Northeast by opening a Sorting & Collection Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. Prior to this role, he held a number of senior management positions with Johnson & Johnson (J&J) including the first Plant Manger for Ethicon in Juarez, Mexico and Director of Asia Pacific Operations, where he was based in Shanghai, China and managed facilities in China and India. His latest role at J&J was that of Vice President of Global Operations for their Aesthetic Medicine business. He was responsible for 1200 employees in the U.S., France, The Netherlands, and Mauritius and managed a 200 million dollar budget. A native of Atlanta, Redding graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering, and received a certificate in Team Management from the Daniel School of Management at the University of South Carolina.

“It’s an honor to be leading MedShare as our 15th anniversary year comes to a close,” said Redding. “The support and commitment of our board of trustees, regional council members, staff, and volunteers will help us make an even greater impact on the health care of the recipients we serve in local U.S. communities and around the world.”

Founded in Atlanta in 1998, MedShare sources essential, surplus medical supplies and equipment, and delivers them directly to underserved populations worldwide while lessening the impact of medical waste in the U.S. Its ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life of people, communities, and the planet.

Since its founding, MedShare has mobilized thousands of community volunteers, corporate, hospital, and nongovernmental partners to ship nearly 1,000 forty-foot containers to hospitals and clinics in need in over 95 countries, including free clinics in the U.S. In addition to Atlanta, MedShare has offices in the San Francisco Bay and the New York City metropolitan areas.

Bay Area Faith Leaders Convene at MedShare

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Charity, service, option for the poor, social justice, faith in action—whatever you call it, it’s an important focus for faith-based organizations. MedShare’s Western Region hosted a breakfast on Tuesday for 20 faith leaders from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

These leaders had an opportunity to learn about MedShare’s work to improve lives and the environment in our local and global community. The meeting included a tour of our 54,000 sq. ft.  Distribution and Volunteer Center where they observed community volunteers hard at work to help us sort the donated medical supplies we receive each day.

MedShare has a 15 year history of collaborating with faith communities from throughout the US and around the globe, to help deliver healthcare to the poorest of the poor. Terry Monday, Volunteer Programs Manager, and Chuck Haupt, Executive Director, hosted the event.

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Attendees were from: St. Paschal Church, Bethel Presbyterian Church, St. Leander Church, Growing Healthy Churches, St. Joan of Arc Church, San Leandro Church of Christ, Holy Names University, Bay Area Chinese Bible Church, First United Methodist Church of San Leandro, St. Raymond Church, and the Just Faith Social Justice ministry from the Catholic Diocese of Oakland.

The U.S. Zero W…

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The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council hosted their first annual conference in Costa Mesa, CA on June 26 & 27 with attendees from all over the U.S. MedShare was pleased to be asked to speak about our innovative recycling program for hospitals.

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Chuck Haupt, Executive Director, Western Region, was part of a panel of speakers that also included representatives from The Walt Disney Company and MillerCoors Brewing. Mr. Haupt shared the successes (and challenges) of operating California’s first large-scale recycling operation for healthcare providers.

Did you know that hospitals are the 4th largest producer of waste, out of 48 types of businesses, in CA? While hospitals may already be recycling paper, cardboard, and even food waste, without MedShare there are tons of usable surplus being thrown into landfills every day.

Special thanks to Stephanie Barger of Earth Resource Foundation and Gary Liss of Gary Liss & Associates for organizing such a wonderful event.

President Barack Obama learns of MedShare’s mission

President Barack Obama learns of MedShare’s mission from Elijah Levy. Elijah is a young man that has volunteered at MedShare’s Western Region 12 times since January. Elijah had an opportunity to present President Obama with a MedShare brochure and to discuss the work we do around the world. Thanks Elijah!

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President Barack Obama meets Elijah Levy and his family

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.”

MedShare Celebrates its Volunteers!

On Wednesday, April 25th, MedShare’s Western Region hosted our volunteers for a celebration to recognize the gift that they are to our organization. Our 4th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon was attended by more than 60 people. Special thanks to Terry Monday and Gabby Brandt, who manage our award-winning volunteer program, for creating such a wonderful island-themed party filled with games and recognition of our dedicated volunteers!

Special recognition goes to the following Presidential Award Winners for their dedicated service. (To earn the Gold you must volunteer over 500 hours/yr, for the Silver 250 hours/yr, and for the Bronze 100 hours per year).

John Morton Gold
Marsha Felton Gold
Susan Dyer Silver
JoAnna Hansen-Morton Silver
Joe Margevicius Silver
Camille Didas Silver
Nassim Nouri Silver
Virginia Godkin Bronze
Myron Zhang Bronze
Lynn Moreau Bronze
Arleen Sakamoto Bronze
Paul Litsky Bronze
Susie Plumb Bronze
Naty Duenas Bronze
Carol Fullerton Bronze
Sue Naset Bronze
Ted Almida Bronze
Alana Musante Bronze
Karen Nelson Bronze
Eve Stone-Trimble Bronze
Rissa Coplan Bronze
Cathryn Jew Bronze
Karen Rice Bronze
Mary Lou Groff Bronze