SHELBYVILLE, IL – On Thursday, March 29, HSHS Good Shepherd made a large donation to Mission Outreach. Inspired by Christ and St. Francis of Assisi, Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach cares for people in need through recovery and worldwide distribution of life-saving medical supplies and equipment.
“I consider contributing to Mission Outreach as part of our fundamental mission to serve with our core values of respect, care, competence, and joy,” said HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital CEO Aaron Puchbauer. “It is another wonderful opportunity for us to care and joyfully contribute to those in need.”
These supplies and equipment are donated from hospitals and health care offices over five states. From these donations, Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach serves 92 countries.
Volunteers are the backbone of the program. Trained volunteers collect and sort these donated materials. Through these donations, Mission Outreach addresses the serious unmet medical needs of people in developing countries by collecting, repairing, packaging, and distributing medical supplies and equipment to hospitals and clinics around the world. HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital has also had several colleagues volunteer at the Mission Outreach facility in Springfield. Last year, volunteers logged more than 17,000 hours of labor packaging and sorting materials for Mission Outreach.
The sorted materials are then packed into a cargo shipping container. When the container is packed, an international shipping seal is applied, and the seal remains intact until the container’s arrival at the recipient’s door. Last year, Mission Outreach sent more than 11 million pounds of cargo to other countries. These donations of medical equipment and supplies were valued at over $49 million which would have otherwise added to landfills.
The container is then sent to a foreign country who has made the necessary arrangements for help. The cost to acquire, sort, package and ship the contents of a container can reach as much as $30,000 according to Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach Executive Director Georgia Winson. But the value of a 40-foot shipping container runs between $120,000 to $130,000.
Winson said, “We ask that the recipient cover about $12,000 of the cost. Contributions from Mission Outreach partner hospitals and several annual fundraisers cover the remainder of the cost. This mission gives hope and is beneficial to the recipient countries which may have been war-torn, low-resource or deeply affected by an epidemic or natural disaster.”
The hospital’s materials management department has ten hours documented in processing two separate pallets of supplies and equipment including a lab reclining infusion chair, and stainless-steel carts. The donation also included six battery-powered, handicapped, wheeled mobility scooters. The hospital’s first shipment of supplies was donated in December.
“In our second donation, we donated a lot of inventory which included some large items. Our department works closely with the environmental services department to separate equipment which may be needed by Mission Outreach but is no longer good for us. We worked for months to meticulously glean from our inventory supplies that which the Mission could use,” HSHS material management accounting clerk Angie Osborn said. “Equipment which may be outdated to us can still be very useful in other countries. It is a shame to see so much waste. Personally, I enjoy being in charge of this project. It is well worth my time to do something which offers so much hope to someone in need.”
For more information, to arrange a tour of the Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach facility, or to find out how you can help, too, please visit http://www.mission-outreach.org/ or call (217) 525-8843.
About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit www.hshsgoodshepherd.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visitwww.hospitalsisters.org.