Community Hospital donates supplies to enrich health systems worldwide
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MONTEREY, Calif. — Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is giving back to the global community. Community Hospital is partnering with MedShare International to repurpose and distribute surplus medical supplies and equipment to medically underserved communities in the United States and abroad. The first collection of donated supplies took place on February 18; collections will continue monthly.
Through the MedShare partnership, Community Hospital is able to send critical supplies and equipment to sustain health systems and increase their ability to care for people in the developing world. MedShare is a humanitarian aid organization that sources and distributes essential surplus medical supplies and equipment to underserved communities in 96 countries worldwide.
As Community Hospital upgrades equipment, furniture, older technology, and medical supplies unusable for Community Hospital patients, they will be collected by MedShare for redistribution to medically underserved communities in the United States and abroad.
“We are pleased that our supplies and equipment will continue to assist others, promoting health around the world,” said Steven Packer, MD, Community Hospital president/CEO. “We look forward to an ongoing partnership with MedShare.”
In another benefit of the program, doctors and clinicians who donate their time abroad can access MedShare’s supplies for their work in developing countries, “shopping” from an online database of available medical supplies and equipment. Many doctors and clinical staff from Community Hospital volunteer around the world, taking their skills where they are desperately needed.
MedShare has a successful track record for helping to save and improve lives of people across the globe. Through Community Hospital’s donations, healthcare professionals will be able to provide regular care for patients, help stop the spread of infectious diseases such as the Ebola virus, and provide humanitarian aid for the victims of earthquakes and other global natural disasters.
“MedShare is delighted to come together with such an incredible partner who supports our efforts to enhance and sustain global health systems,” said Andy Pines, executive director, MedShare Western Region.
Community Hospital continues its long-standing financial and volunteer commitment to the community. In 2014, the hospital donated $168 million and 19,000 volunteer hours, and collaborated with more than 240 businesses and agencies to promote the well-being of our local community.
ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Montage Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at http://www.chomp.org/
MedShare is a U.S. 501(c)3 organization that works to improve the quality of life of people and the planet 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.