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.

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MedShare Southeast’s Rookie of the Year Volunteer Award: Rona Gilchrist

On Friday, September 2, 2011, Meridith Rentz, MedShare’s CEO, awarded Rona Gilchrist with our Rookie of the Year Volunteer Award.

MedShare CEO Meridith Rentz award Rona Gilchrist our Rookie of the Year Volunteer Award

Rona may be a familiar face to those of you who volunteer in our Decatur sort room. She’s contributed an impressive 320+ hours since this January, and has been a tremendous help in the MedTeam store, volunteer programs, and other countless other ways at MedShare. There aren’t enough words to express how grateful we are to our volunteers; without their incredible dedication to our mission, we wouldn’t be able to achieve our mission of bridging the gap between surplus and need. To all of you – thank you!

Congratulations, Rona, and thanks for your wonderful support! Please join us in congratulating her in the comments section below…

If you’re interested in signing up for a volunteer session in either our Decatur or Bay Area facility, please click here.

MedShare’s Southeast Region Employee of the Quarter: Tesfah Gebremichael

Every quarter, MedShare staff vote to elect an “Employee of the Quarter” in both the Southeast and Western Region. This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated strength in the following areas:

  • Exemplary service provided during daily work
  • Notable contribution to department and/or overall organization
  • Projects an attitude of teamwork
  • Commitment toward excellence
  • Contributes to high staff morale

This week, MedShare’s Southeast Region named our newest Employee of the Quarter: Tesfah Gebremichael, Biomedical Engineer.

MedShare's CEO A.B. Short congratulating Tesfah on the announcement

CEO A.B. Short speaking about Tesfah's accomplishment

Tesfah first came to MedShare as a student at DeVry University. He volunteered under our Senior Biomedical Engineer, Eben Amstrong, in MedShare’s biomedical department, and made such an impression that he was hired full-time after graduating. Tesfah is incredibly hard-working, talented and always has a positive attitude. We consider ourselves lucky to have him on staff!

In addition to the wonderful recognition, Employees of the Quarter receive an extra day off and a prime parking spot. Congratulations on this well-deserved award, Tesfah!

MedShare Ranked by Charity Navigator


Charity  Navigator, a nonprofit organization that evaluates the financial health of over 5,000 charities to help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions, recently ranked MedShare number five on their top ten list of “Highly Rated Charities Relying on Private Contributions.”

The charities on this list receive more than 95% of their total revenue from private contributions, which is an indicator of fundraising efficiency.   As reflected by this recognition, MedShare relies solely on direct and indirect public support (rather than deriving income from government funding, membership fees, or earned income).

In July of 2009, MedShare was previously ranked Nov. 2 on this same list.