Nothing wasted for their recovery.

Hospitals for Humanity gathered nearly 10,000 pounds of medical supplies and equipment from MedShare to help treat survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. MedShare has provided more than 20,000 pounds of supplies to aid in the recovery of the affected Filipino communities. We are grateful for the support of all the individual donors and corporate partners such as Clif Bar, UPS, Ventas, Inc., MedAssets, and Ayuda Foundation, who have made it possible to provide critically needed medical supplies to our Filipino friends in need. 

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Volunteer-Sponsored Container Ships Out for Tanzania

This week on Tuesday November 19, volunteers, staff, and guests gathered at MedShare’s Western Region to send off a container of medical supplies to Shirati KMT Hospital in Tanzania. This was a very special occasion for MedShare’s Western Region volunteers who not only sorted and boxed the supplies going on the container but also raised the $22,000 sponsorship fee for the container. Every container that MedShare ships must have a financial sponsor to cover the costs associated with preparing and shipping the container, so that it can be shipped free of charge to the recipient hospital. These volunteers worked hard over the summer to raise the funds. They organized a silent auction, arranged a 5K walk, and donated their many talents to make this fundraiser a success.

We are very grateful to the thousands of volunteers who give their time to MedShare every year, and we are especially proud of the remarkable effort made by these volunteers.

Thank you! We wish the container a safe and speedy journey to Tanzania!

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MedShare volunteers, staff, and guests send off a container to Tanzania

MedShare is re-certified as a California Green Business!

The Bay Area Green Business Program, initiated more than 10 years ago, is a pioneering program for pollution prevention and resource conservation that is a model for other communities nationwide.

To be certified as a Green Business, organizations must demonstrate that they take action to conserve resources and prevent pollution in both their facility (fixtures and maintenance) and their operations (purchasing and other practices).

As MedShare cares deeply about the environment, and about diverting as much usable medical surplus from landfills as possible, here are some of the things we did to earn this certification:

• Implemented an environmentally preferred purchasing program
• Replaced 69 metal halide lights with energy-efficient T-8 fluorescent fixture with motion sensors
• Installed ultra low flow toilets
• Made two sided printing and copying standard practice
• In the lunch/break room, replaced disposables with permanent ware (mugs, dishes, utensils, etc.)
• Toner cartridges refilled for reuse
• Retrofitted exit signs with LED lights
• Use of ENERGY STAR® office equipment and enabled energy saving features

We’re proud to be a named a Bay Area Green Business!

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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.”

MedShare wins Major Environmental Award

ImageMedShare has been selected to receive Acterra’s 2012 Business Environmental Award For Environmental Innovation.

 

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.”Image

This award recognizes the successful implementation of a new or significantly improved environmental product, solution or technology, such as a new business service or a new way of solving an environmental problem. As California’s first high-volume medical supply recycler, MedShare’s reuse program is changing the landscape of medical waste disposal in the State. We were able to demonstrate how we deliver measurable environmental and societal impacts through our quality processes.

MedShare’s work improves the quality of life in California by cutting back on environmental and public health hazards that can result from the disposal of medical surplus.  MedShare recycles plastic medical items like thoracic catheters, syringes, and drainage supplies that could have been incinerated, possibly causing poisonous dioxins.  MedShare also recycles medical supplies like bandages, gauze, and thousands of other items, which reduces volumes headed to landfills.

Past winners of awards include: HP, Genentech, Apple, Adobe, Solar City, Lockheed Martin Space Systems  and Stanford University – great company to be in!

MedShare will be honored at the 2012 Business Environmental Awards Reception on Thursday, May 31st  in Palo Alto.

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MedShare named as finalist for Environmental Award

MedShare was recently named as a finalist for the Business Environmental Awards. These awards highlight and honor innovative programs and outstanding achievements which contribute toward a sustainable San Francisco Bay Area.

MedShare’s reuse program is changing the landscape of medical waste disposal in the State of California and we are honored to have been selected as a finalist for this prestigious award.

MedShare uniquely addresses the issue of increasing recycling within a market segment that is underperforming. MedShare is dramatically decreasing the amount of medical supplies currently going into the waste stream, while at the same time delivering life-saving materiel to the medically underserved. Unused surplus medical supplies would normally be destined for landfills, but instead, MedShare redistributes them to hospitals in developing countries as well as community-based health clinics throughout California..

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ImageSince its inception, the Acterra awards program has recognized over 140 businesses and organizations for corporate environmental leadership. The program’s goals include celebrating the accomplishments of businesses with innovative sustainable programs, recognizing leaders in the industry, and providing an educational forum that increases awareness and motivates all companies to adopt sustainable business practices.