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Biomedical equipment program growing

November 15, 2023 

Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach is seeing an upward trend in the donation of biomedical equipment. This equipment, when accompanied with support services, will assist hospitals and clinics in low-resource settings around the world. 

Mission Outreach ships $747,000 value of life-saving medical equipment
The Mission Outreach Biomed program, led by bioengineer Ratish Kumar, was able to assess, evaluate and repair more than 325 pieces of equipment valued at $740,000. They served 79 international partners in 42 countries, who received $5,219,813 worth of requested, critically needed supplies and equipment in the last year. This equipment, with the required transformers, went on shipments to countries such as Tanzania, Bolivia, Ukraine, Zambia, Uganda, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Paraguay, Belize, Haiti, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Jamaica, and other destinations where access to high-quality biomedical equipment is very limited. 

Henry Schein Global Cares program benefits Mission Outreach
In December 2022, the Mission Outreach Biomed program was selected as a Henry Schein Global Product Donation recipient for 2023-2025. This partnership will provide Mission Outreach with a broad selection of health care products and supplies to distribute to international partners. All products are new and usable and are provided in large pallets valued at $5,000–$25,000 each. 

In April 2023, Mission Outreach team visited the Henry Schein Distribution Center in Indianapolis to gain firsthand knowledge about Henry Schein products and warehouse process flow.

“Being a Henry Schein Global Product Donation recipient will give us access to in-demand equipment and supplies that otherwise may be difficult for us to resource and enables our partners around the world to deliver life-saving care,” said Kumar. “We are excited about how much we will be able to do with this generous donation.”

Mission Outreach, Illinois College provide global health education
In April 2023, Engineering students from Illinois College (IC) in Jacksonville toured  Mission Outreach to learn about the biomedical engineering program and the role of engineers in the global health space. In June 2023, Mission Outreach accepted the first Illinois College intern, Jack Flatley, to the biomedical engineering program. Flatley, and other IC students who will follow him, received a hands-on opportunity to test, repair, and prepare medical equipment for international shipping. Through the experience, students gain knowledge of biomedical needs within global health and learn about how engineers around the world meet patient needs.

To learn more about Mission Outreach, visit their website.

 
Biomedical equipment program growing
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Kelly Barbeau

HSHS Illinois Marketing & Communications Director