Penn Medicine is known for its state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technologies. So what is to be done with medical equipment that is still functional, but no longer considered at the top of its game? Earlier this year, Pennsylvania Hospital opened the doors of its off-site storage space to Mission Relief Services where currently idle — but still useful — medical equipment can be put to good use in hospitals and health clinics around the world.
“We often no longer have use for this equipment. It’s great to be able to donate it to others who are in dire need,” said Feargal Roche, director, Value Analysis in PeriOp Materials and Clinical Engineering at PAH.
Partnering with several institutions, Mission Relief Services has donated thousands of useful medical supply items, furnishings and equipment around the world. Donations from PAH will be shipped out to missions teams across the US first and will then make their way to children’s hospitals and clinics from Siberia and Moldova to birthing clinics in Central American and clinics in Haiti.
“We remain focused on recycling donations to the areas of greatest need. We are so grateful for Pennsylvania Hospital’s contributions,” said Jim Harrison from Mission Relief Services.
Photo caption: Alan Harman (l.) from the PAH PeriOperative Materials Management team helping Jim Harrison (r.) from Mission Relief load donated equipment.