Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Drops By MedShare’s Western Region

On Monday, August 20, employees of the nearby Dr. Pepper Snapple Group stopped by MedShare’s Western Region to present a grant of $1,000 dollars that was requested through their company’s employee volunteer program, ACTIONeer Program, in support of MedShare Western Region. Throughout the past year, Dr. Pepper Snapple has been regularly sending their employees to volunteer at MedShare to sort medical supplies.

Thank you Dr. Pepper Snapple Group for your generosity and your time!

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MedShare’s Chuck Haupt (2nd from left) and Terry Monday (2nd from Right) join employees from Dr. Pepper Snapple Group for their generous check presentation!

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.

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.”

Acterra Award 2012

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.”

Rotarians Host MedShare at District Conference

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Chuck Haupt, Executive Director, Western Region

Rotary District 5220, located in California’s beautiful Central Valley, invited MedShare’s Chuck Haupt to speak at their annual conference.

Leaders from 52 Rotary Clubs convene each year to learn how they can build goodwill, friendship,  and peace – both locally and globally. 

Two District 5220 Clubs, Stockton and Modesto,  have sponsored aid shipments with MedShare. 

By addressing the needs of underserved communities, Rotarians send a message of global community stewardship.

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CHI supports Philippine Hospital with Aid Shipment

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Catholic Health Initiatives partnered with MedShare to deliver an aid shipment to the Indigenous Peoples’ Hospital in Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines. View video here

From Sister Norman Manzano, Hospital Administrator; “Providing access to specialized treatment and care to the approximately 60,000 indigenous people living in the Diocese of Bayombong is the most significant need. These tribal peoples are some of the most marginalized and impoverished in the Philippines. They have been forced to subsist in remote, mountain villages as more and more of their land is taken for commercial endeavors, such as mining, logging, and construction of dams. They live a simple, agrarian lifestyle. The absence of a road network makes accessing services particularly challenging. Cases of emergencies often results to irreversible health deficit or death. They do not have health insurance coverage and are often turned away because of inability to pay for services. The provision of the basic preventive health services, such as immunizations and antenatal care, remains a challenge. Detection and proper management of communicable diseases, like TB, are exceedingly difficult.”

MedShare is proud to collaborate with CHI to deliver over 1,100 boxes of medical supplies to enable the Outpatient Clinic to begin treating patients from the impoverished, indigenous population of Nueva Vizcaya.

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MedShare recognizes special biomedical volunteers

MedShare’s Western Region awarded special recognition to two very special volunteers. Joe Margevicius and John Morton have each contributed greatly to the success of our biomedical lab over the past year. Between the two of them, these extraordinary volunteers have contributed over 840 hours to our lab and sorting activities. Quite simply, we couldn’t deliver the volume of life-saving equipment and supplies to the medically underserved without generous people like Joe and John!

(L to R) Chuck Haupt (Executive Director), John Morton, Rene Steinkellner (Biomedical Technician), Eben Amstrong (Sr. Biomedical Engineer), Joe Margevicius

MedShare Recognized by the State of California for Their Commitment to Waste Reduction

MedShare, a top-ranked local charity, was named a 2011 Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP)winner by the State of California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).

MedShare receives CalRecycle's WRAP award

The WRAP awards honor California companies and nonprofits for workplace solutions to cut their waste output and reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfills. 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. This is the third consecutive year the nonprofit has received the honor.

“This year’s WRAP winners are evidence that businesses and organizations of all sizes are achieving significant waste reduction and recycling goals, all while helping protect the environment and preserve our natural resources,” CalRecycle Director Caroll Mortensen said.

MedShare launched California’s first large-scale medical supply recycling center in 2008. They collect 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 the State of California,” 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 in 2011.”

In Northern California, there are more than 30 hospitals participating in MedShare’s innovative Hospital Recovery Program. 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, MedShare has shipped over 750 forty-foot shipping containers of surplus medical supplies and equipment abroad, which accounts for over two million cubic feet of landfill space saved.