MedShare Creates New Videos Reflecting our Mission

As MedShare continues to expand our mission and impact, it is imperative that we have the right tools to engage and educate. To that end, we recently created two new videos to promote the MedShare message to multiple audiences.

We worked with two incredible teams on these videos: Henry Schein, with whom we partner in various ways, and Encyclomedia, a video production house in Atlanta. Each of the videos have a powerful message and leave a lasting impression. The first video utilizes recipient and volunteer footage and photos to convey our operations and potential for greater impact beautifully. In the second, Meridith Rentz, CEO and President, joins A.B. Short, co-founder and Senior Advisor to the CEO, in telling our story. This video gives a comprehensive view of both our history and future goals.

These videos are a great way to quickly share the essence of our mission and work with those that are interested, and we invite you to share them with your friends and family.

This was part of our December 2011 newsletter. To view the rest – including stories on our expansion into NY and FL and a great last minute gift idea – click here.

AJC article: MedShare names new CEO; co-founder steps aside in planned succession

Today, September 1, 2011, is a monumental day for MedShare. This is the day A.B. Short steps down from his post at CEO, and we welcome a new leader to our organization, Meridith Rentz.

Meridith Rentz, MedShare's CEO & President

As CEO for 13 years, A.B. was the motivational and entrepreneurial force that drove MedShare to ship $93 million worth of supplies and equipment in 700 forty-foot containers to 88 developing countries, outfit 2,100 medical teams and save over 2 million feet of cubic space from landfills in the U.S.

Meridith’s goal is to take MedShare’s innovative, global medical supply chain concept and expand its reach and social impact. She’ll do this by focusing on two interdependent priorities: 1) improve the model and 2) expand the model.

We’ll leave you with an article the Atlanta Journal Constitution ran on our CEO transition. If you wish to share your thoughts, bid farewell to A.B. or welcome Meridith, we invite you to do so on our Facebook wall or via Twitter, @MedShare or @mrentz.

MedShare names new CEO; co-founder steps aside in planning succession
by: Sheila Poole

A.B. Short, chief executive officer of Decatur-based MedShare, is stepping down from the helm of the nonprofit he co-founded.

Meridith Rentz, most recently chief operating officer of Points of Light Institute, will become the new chief executive. 

The move, which is part of a planned succession strategy, takes effect Sept. 1.

“I am not retiring, I’m not even thinking about that,” said Short, 66. “I’m moving over and inviting some youthful and creative leadership to come in and take MedShare to the next stage.”

Short, who co-founded the organization with Bob Freeman in 1998, said he will remain as Rentz’s senior adviser for an unspecified time.

 “Some of us who start things stay too long,” he said. “We get comfortable and organizations can suffer.” He said he asked the organization’s board to start the process of finding a successor about a year ago. 

MedShare collects surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, companies and individuals and distributes them to health care facilities in developing nations. It also helps medical missions and safety net clinics in the United States and abroad. In doing so, the organization’s work helps reduce the amount of medical waste in landfills.

“I’m going to take off my hat here and put on my MedShare hat,” Rentz said. “MedShare is really on a fantastic trajectory.” She said her plans are to continue to provide the same “high-quality services and expand our footprint.”

MedShare currently has two warehouses — in Decatur and in San Leandro, Calif. Officials hope to expand into the Mid-Atlantic region, which would cover Boston, Philadelphia and New York; and in southern Florida.

A Special Thank You from A.B. Short, our CEO & Co-Founder

Dear MedShare friends and supporters,

A.B. Short, MedShare CEO & Co-Founder

It is with pleasure that I welcome Meridith Rentz to MedShare. After thirteen years, $93 million worth of supplies shipped in 700 forty-foot containers to 88 countries, 2,100 medical teams outfitted and 2 million cubic feet of space saved from landfills, I have decided it is time to step down from the role of CEO. As of September 1, my new role at MedShare will be Senior Advisor to the CEO.

I’m confident that you are in very capable hands with Meridith. Tasked with finding my successor, MedShare’s Board of Trustees conducted a national search to find the best candidate. Their year-long process was outstanding, and we are lucky to have Meridith. She brings strong academic, healthcare and nonprofit management experience, and her passion for our mission mirrors my own.

As Jim Arnett, MedShare’s Board Chair, said, “Meridith’s experience leading high quality, innovative programs of the geographic breath and scale that MedShare aspires to will support the significant growth and expansion of our own services that is underway.”

There are many things I could say about these past thirteen years. That MedShare has attracted such a strong, committed staff has been both humbling and empowering. Our in-kind and financial donor community far exceeded our earliest expectations, as did the 18,000 community volunteers we mobilize each year to sort and pack medical supplies. The Board, remarkable in their commitment and dedication, has been my true driving force. From the very beginning, I received their encouragement to make MedShare a national leader in the medical surplus recovery and redistribution field, and to create the best model that can be replicated and grown into a truly international organization. I’m proud that this once one-person operation has, and continues to, not only fulfill, but exceed their expectations.

From this self-proclaimed “do-gooder,” I appeal to you to keep doing good. If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that regardless of situation, all people share a commonality. We are all one family, and we should act accordingly.

YOU and the thousands of people like you make up the MedShare family. Your involvement and investment have made our vision for MedShare a reality and have created and sustained an organization that will continue to do good for many years to come. While my role may be changing, our work is not yet done and I encourage your continued support of our mission to bridge the gap between surplus and need.

Sincerely,

A.B. Short
MedShare CEO & Co-Founder

To read the letter from our Board Chair, Jim Arnett, announcing this CEO transition, click here. For more, read the Atlanta Journal Constitution coverage and the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s feature.