Prime Healthcare Equipment Donation Saves Lives in Africa and Central America
Posted on Aug 29, 2016
Lives are being saved through Prime Healthcare's generous donation
of more than $2 million of medical equipment to Samaritan's Purse
and their World Medical Mission. Anesthesia machines, IV pumps, infant
incubators and more were sent to Monrovia in Liberia, Africa, as well
as Honduras and Guatemala. This is the second impactful donation that
Prime Healthcare has made to support Samaritan's Purse, a humanitarian
organization that provides aid to people in physical need around the world.
"It is both an honor and a pleasure to partner with Samaritan's
Purse," said Dr. Prem Reddy, MD, FACC, FCCP, Chairman, President
and CEO of Prime Healthcare. "We are able to donate life-saving equipment
that is no longer in use at our hospitals with the hope of serving more
patients and saving lives in communities around the globe. Every person
should have access to quality medical care, and it is a humbling experience
to be a small part of the solution."
This was an especially important and long awaited donation, as many of
the items bound for Liberia were delayed due to the Ebola outbreak. The
shipment to the newly renovated ELWA Hospital was held up because the
facility served as "ground zero" while Samaritan's Purse
volunteers worked day and night to combat the spread of the disease. The
threat has now been contained, the donated equipment arrived, and the
grand opening of the newly renovated 100-bed hospital, which serves over
100 inpatient beds and over 100 daily outpatients from the region, will
take place in October. Services at the hospital include an emergency room,
surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, radiology, dental, pharmacy, and lab.
"Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world with little
to no medical infrastructure," said Ken Isaacs, Vice President of
Programs and Government Relations for Samaritan's Purse. "The
generous donations from Prime Healthcare are vital in helping ELWA Hospital
expand its reach and improving the quality of medical care available to
the people of Liberia."
In addition to the shipment to Africa, large containers filled with equipment
were sent to Loma de Luz Hospital in Honduras and included a number of
items donated by Prime Healthcare including an anesthesia machine with
monitors, digital thermometers, oxygen concentrator, suction pumps, defibrillator,
IV pumps, a hematocrit centrifuge, infant incubators, baby scales and
an electrosurgical unit.
Two other containers were shipped to Guatemala. One was sent to Hospital
Shalom in the Peten region of Guatemala in November of 2015 and a second
to Vine International's medical warehouse in Guatemala City in March
of 2015. The long list of equipment delivered included EKG machines, an
anesthesia machine, colonoscope, suction pumps, orthopedic drill set and more.
Prime Healthcare looks forward to continuing its partnership with Samaritan's
Purse and their World Medical Mission, which places volunteer physicians,
dentists, medical personnel and critically needed medical equipment and
supplies in their medical mission facilities around the globe. For more
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