Stryker Endoscopy Selects MedShare as Recipient of Surplus Medical Equipment Donations

Leading medical technology company partners with nonprofit to give medical equipment a second life.

Stryker Endoscopy, a division of Stryker Corporation, one of the world’s leading medical technology companies, named MedShare their chosen partner for donating surplus medical equipment. This relationship will give these useable items a second life in developing countries.

Stryker’s relationship with MedShare, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that recovers medical supplies from hospitals and manufacturers and sends them to underserved healthcare facilities in developing countries, is part of their Corporate Social Responsibility initiative to provide life-enhancing products and work with healthcare providers in innovative ways that help them restore health to their patients and advance sustainable change to improve the quality of patient care. Stryker’s selection of MedShare was based on the nonprofit’s commitment to quality, as well as the credibility they have earned with global partners.

“Stryker Endoscopy is proud to partner with MedShare and we look forward to working together to make a positive impact on healthcare, the environment, and families around the world.”, said Mark Lipscomb, Vice President of HR for Stryker Endoscopy.

The organization will donate a wide variety of equipment and consumables to MedShare, including arthroscopy, laparoscopy, urology and sports medicine surgical tools. Stryker employees will also assess and repair all items prior to donation, an effort in line with MedShare’s commitment to ensure all equipment sent to recipient hospitals is immediately useable upon arrival.

“We are honored that Stryker has selected MedShare to responsibly recover and redistribute their surplus medical equipment,” said Meridith Rentz, CEO of MedShare. “These items are greatly-needed in countries around the world, and strategic partnerships such as this are what enable us to make a difference and improve healthcare systems.”

MedShare is an innovative nonprofit with a dual mission to deliver surplus medical supplies to underserved populations around the world while lessening the impact of medical waste in the U.S. The organization has delivered 700 40-foot containers of humanitarian aid to health facilities in 88 developing countries.

About MedShare
MedShare is a US 501(c)3 organization that bridges the gap between surplus and need to improve healthcare and the environment through the efficient recovery and redistribution of surplus medical supplies and equipment to those most in need. For more information, please visit the organization’s website at www.medshare.org.

About Stryker Corporation
Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and is dedicated to helping healthcare professionals perform their jobs more efficiently while enhancing patient care. The Company offers a diverse array of innovative medical technologies including reconstructive implants, medical and surgical equipment, and neurotechnology and spine products to help people lead more active and more satisfying lives. For more information about Stryker, please visit www.stryker.com.

About Stryker Endoscopy
Stryker Endoscopy is a division of the Stryker Corporation, one of the world’s leading medical technology companies. Stryker Endoscopy offers an extensive minimally invasive product portfolio including arthroscopic, laparoscopic, urologic, gynecologic and visualization platforms. For more information about Stryker Endoscopy, visit:www.stryker.com/endoscopy.

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Chattahoochee Technical College Students Outfit Bus with Medical Equipment for Africa

It is only through partnerships that we are able to achieve our mission of bridging the gap between surplus and need. Hospitals, schools, clinics, governments and community groups are just some of the groups that make our work possible. It is the partnership of a school, Chattahoochee Technical College, that we’d like to recognize today.

Chattahooche Technical College instructor Mike O’Rear and six of his Biomedical Technology Engineering students spent time refurbishing a University of Georgia-donated bus with biomedical equipment that MedShare provided. The bus will be shipped to Ghana, and used to check for hypertension and diabetes in patients while information is transferred back to the United States for analysis.

For more information on this project, we’d like to share this great patch.com article with you:

CTC Students Outfit Bus with Medical Equipment for Africa

Mike O’Rear and his students from Chattahoochee Technical College installed medical instrumentation on a bus that will be shipped to Ghana.

Chattahoochee Technical College Instructor Mike O’Rear and five of his Biomedical Technology Engineering students saw months of hard work culminate in a ceremony this week. The instructor and students handed off the keys to a bus that has been refurbished as a mobile medical unit with equipment they installed.

Dr. Mike O’Rear and students hand off the keys to Dr. Issifu Harruna of the Kibasibi Foundation and his mother, Amina, whom the bus is named after. Credit Angela Chao

“I was approached by the people at MedShare about doing this project,” explained O’Rear. “They supplied the equipment, and then these students worked to install it and make sure it was working properly.”

O’Rear, along with about six students from Chattahoochee Technical College installed the medical instrumentation on a bus that will be shipped to Ghana. Once there, healthcare workers will utilize the equipment and facility to check for hypertension and diabetes in patients while information is transferred back to the United States for analysis.

Dr. Issifu Harruna of the Kibasibi Foundation was on hand to see the now completed bus, which was once used to transport students at the University of Georgia. According to Harruna, the bus will be used primarily in rural Ghana. The bus is named after Harruana’s mother, Amina, who accepted the keys to the bus.

The bus is outfitted with cabinets for storage and medical equipment. Credit Chattahoochee Technical College

This is not the first international project for O’Rear, who traveled to Africa in 2008 with MedShare—an organization that collects donated medical equipment for use in third world countries. However, this is a first chance for many of the students to do such a project.

“This project will help the people of Ghana,” said student project leader Charles Cowan. “It will help the world.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emory University Donated Beds Sent to Ecuador

Ecuador

On April 29, a 40-foot ocean container carrying 50 donated hospital beds and mattresses was shipped from MedShare’s Southeastern Regional Distribution Center.  The donations are on their way to Ibarra, a city in northern Ecuador.  The local municipality of Gonzalo Pizarro will be installing the beds in several rural health centers that have been affected by recent heavy seasonal rains, which have washed out roads and caused multiple injuries in the local populations.  These hospital beds are most urgently needed there!

Donated Hospital Beds

MedShare sends deep gratitude to the Atlanta-based Emory University  Hospital and Emory Midtown Hospital for this generous donation which will benefit so many needy Ecuadorian families.