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.”

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 Ships Second Container to Hospital St. Nicolas in Haiti

Haiti

MedShare celebrated a very special shipment to Haiti on Thursday, May 19, 2011, when a 40 foot container of medical humanitarian aid for Haiti was shipped out of the Western Regional Distribution Center.  The container is carrying over 11,600 lbs of donated medical supplies and equipment for Hospital St. Nicolas, such as cervical collars, electric beds, diapers, splints, gauze, syringes, an anesthesia machine, an infant warmer, and much more.

Dr. Stephen Lockhart, Chief Medical Officer at Sutter Health East Bay Region, introduced Chuck Haupt to the need for medical supplies and equipment at Hospital St. Nicolas, Saint Marc, Haiti shortly after the January 2010 earthquake. Dr. Lockhart and other medical professionals from Sutter Health went to Hospital St. Nicolas to treat the injured and sick. Subsequent to that first visit, he has returned three more times to aid patients in that community. See a short video here about Dr. Lockhart’s most recent visit to Hospital St. Nicolas.

MedShare’s long-time partner Partners in Health (known in Haiti as Zanmi Lasante) support St. Nicolas Hospital and coordinated this shipment with MedShare.  Thanks to all at PIH for facilitating this project, raising the money for the shipping, and handling the customs clearance and delivery to Saint Marc.

We are so very proud to partner with Sutter Health and Partners in Health on this second aid shipment to Hospital St. Nicolas. Joining us at the ceremony were members of MedShare’s Western Region Council, many volunteers, and 7th grade students from Corpus Christi School in Piedmont (who volunteered with us for the entire school year).

Dr. Stephen Lockhart, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Sutter Health East Bay Region

Volunteers, guests and staff celebrate this shipment to Hospital St. Nicolas

(L to R) Chuck Haupt, MedShare; Dr. Stephen Lockhart, Sutter Health; and Western Region Council members - Mary Bersot, Robin Flagg, Camilo Barcenas, Paul Hofmann, John Feilders