In 1998, Bob Freeman founded Medshare after learning about how the environment is being threatened but the collection of medical supplies that is filling landfills. Freeman, a nonprofit entrepreneur, created Medshare on the principle of, “bridging a gap between surplus and need through the efficient recovery and redistribution of surplus medical supplies and equipment to those in need.” Since 1998, Medshare has grown exponentially and continues to do so with help from hospitals with in the United States, medical supplies manufactures, and distributors. Medshare is truly making a global healthcare impacts while maintaining an environmental focus locally and regionally. From its origins in 1998, Medshare has come a long way. In 1998, Medshare delivered its first 40 foot container shipment of medical supplies to Costa Rica and within the past two years in May of 2014, they delivered their 1,000th container which was sent to Donka Hospital in Guinea. In between 1998 and 2014, Medshare was able to deliver its 500th 40 foot container to benefit a Maternity Hospital in Ecuador in 2009. Later in 2010, Medshare was able to reach out to those affected by the earthquake in Haiti by delivering 28, 40 foot containers of medical supplies and equipment. As a result of the earthquake, in addition to the shipments of medical supplies and equipment, Medshare was able to send 28 medical mission teams that were also outfitted to aid in any way they could to help the people of Haiti. That year,
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Hospital waste is one of the world’s growing problems. Hospitals on average produce 29 pounds of waste per staffed bed in just one day (2016). One of the reasons for medical waste is that a large amount disposable products used for sanitary reasons such as drapes, basins, and sponges (Conrardy J et al, 2009). However, new methods using reusable products in operating rooms have provided a means to decrease the regulated medical waste generated by an average of 65% (Conrardy J et al, 2009). Even if the hospital bureaucracy is unconcerned with the environment. These changes reduce the cost of waste disposal (Conrardy J et al, 2009). On the social side of progress, nonprofits like Practice Greenhealth provide sources for environmental solutions for the health care sector. At the hospital’s request, they can send information packets to help inform hospital staff on more environmental purchases such as the “Less Waste member-only toolkit”
Clinics Can Help is currently Florida’s largest medical reuse organization. Founder Owen O’Neill used to be a local hospice nurse. While working as a hospice nurse he kept receiving requests to do something with all the wheelchairs, hospital beds, and other medical equipment that was left behind when a loved one passed away. Looking at all that equipment made O’Neill remember all the pain and suffering their family members endured. He knew how expensive medical equipment was so he began taking it to medical clinics that served patients with low income and/or no insurance. That is how the organization got its name “Clinics Can Help.”
Groggily stumbling into the kitchen, I was met with nine pairs of eyes reminding me I wasn’t in America anymore. Eleven days ago, my team and I had flown into Port-au-Prince and driven to Jacmel, directed by Angel Wings International, a local organization that worked to deliver healthcare in Haiti. I received the run-down for the day: we were heading West toward a rural clinic located in Baie d’Orange. Climbing into a musty truck bed, I noticed a crew of dentists, doctors, and pharmacists accompanying us, signifying the most important day in our three-week-long trip. The truck revved into action, racing in Jacmel’s dusty streets, past the swelling river, through winding mountain passes, stopping at a tattered USAID tent that covered a burgeoning crowd of hundreds. Scanning the crowd returned the gaze of scared men, women, and children whose lives could be drastically changed through proper checkups and treatment.
My nursing practice has been affected by the medical mission trips that I have taken to Haiti. This course has further expanded my knowledge of global nursing and helped me to understand and envision new ways to improve health outcomes. I have been face to face with impoverished people who lacked access to clean drinking water, proper sanitation, nourishment and healthcare services. The life expectancy at birth in Haiti for women is 64 and in men is 61 (WHO, 2015). Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and is still recovering from the catastrophic earth quake that occurred in 2010. As result of the earth quake, 220,000 were killed, more than 300,000 were injured and 1.5 million people lost their homes (Breakey, Corless, Meedzan, & Nicholas, 2015). The country experienced a large cholera outbreak following the earth quake because of their poor sanitation practices. The country continues to face many health challenges, so organizations from around the world are poised to help address the health disparities experienced by the Haitian people and others in developing nations around the world. Nurses are an important member of this team as lobby for change, provide much needed financial resources, give of their time and work toward making this world a better place for everyone to live.
Everyone is going green; it is so common in today’s society for every company to advance to smarter ways of doing business. My long term future career goal is to become a Neonatal Physician. I would like to play a huge role in improving both the health care and natural ecosystem. We have to live here on Earth, so why not protect it “One Earth, one experience” -Edward Wilson. Hospitals operate on a 24-hour basis, 365 days a year. In the process of treating patients, they use a lot of water and energy and generate a lot of waste from medical products. Though most hospitals have made the initiatives to reduce some of these issues, I do believe that more can be done. Starting a sustainability program to reduce some of these concerns will not only
CVS, a national pharmacy chain, works not only in but also with the community. The company focuses on the betterment of society. Its extensive Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, entitled Prescription for a Better World, places CVS at the center at a variety of mainstream issues. The three focal points of its CSR plan are the environment, the economic opportunities for citizens, and the health of the community (Novick O’Keefe 2014). CVS has a whole department focused on CSR, called CVS Caremark, which houses the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. Their many projects include the end of Tobacco distribution, the betterment of school and local health care, sustainability, and charitable events.
Environmental worldviews are how people think the world works, where they fit, and how they think ethically and morally. These views can be human centred, earth-centered or a combination of the two(Tucker and Grim, 1994).
Nearly everything that a human does is in response to the environment. Our lives are defined by what is around us and what we find in front of us, whether this means accepting, dealing with or changing it. This has been the pattern since primates first stood up and became Homo erectus, and has continued until we considered ourselves doubly wise. The shape of the land affected where humans moved. Weather was something with which to contend. Fire affected humans until they conquered it – and herein lies the core of the relationship. The earth affects humans, and humans affect it back, viewing characteristics and patterns as problems and challenges, and finding a solution.
Since the beginning of civilization humanity has adopted a subjugating stance toward nature. Ecological exploitation has become the de facto standard, contributing to the illusion of self-subsistence provided by modern society. This mindset is untenable given humanities reliance on the natural world, as best demonstrated by the critical importance of various parts of the environment to humanities continued existence. This includes the importance of biodiversity to medicinal advancement and climate adaptation, the role of insects in the renewal of the biosphere, and the importance of the environment for humanities psychological health.
TYPE A PROJECT--MSF is a neutral and impartial humanitarian organization that aims first and foremost to provide high-quality medical care to the people who need it the most. It does not promote the agenda of any country, political party, or religious faith, and, as such, endeavors to communicate its history, background, and capabilities to all parties in a given situation so that it may gain the necessary access to populations in need..On any given day, more than 30,000 doctors, nurses, logisticians, water-and-sanitation experts, administrators, and other qualified professionals working with MSF can be found providing medical care around the world..In 2012, MSF medical teams carried out more than 8.3 million outpatient consultations; delivered more than 185,000 babies; treated more than 1.6 million people for malaria; treated nearly 350,000 severely and moderately malnourished children; provided some 284,000 people living with HIV/AIDS with antiretroviral therapy; conducted more than 78,000 surgeries, and vaccinated 690,000 against measles and 496,000 against meningitis
Debt Collection from hospitals is difficult due to the different guidelines that need to be followed. Every patient in a hospital is assigned an UR number, even the patient’s only see in an Emergency Department. We, as a company, waste a lot of time trying to identify the patient’s in a hospital with the information we are provided. This project will enable every patient to be easily identified, saving us, and the hospital, time enabling monies to be collected more efficiently. This will allow us time to spend on more difficult transports that may occur.
The present challenges for the healthcare industry are significant. With a population that is forever aging, escalating costs, and the unsure impact of the Affordable Care Act, healthcare providers are under tremendous pressure to meet the needs of their patients while maintaining or even reducing costs. One such organization feeling this pressure is BayCare which is a leading not-for-profit health care system that connects individuals and families to a wide range of services at 13 hospitals and hundreds of other convenient locations throughout the Tampa Bay and central Florida regions. Inpatient and outpatient services include acute care, primary care, imaging, laboratory, behavioral health, home care, and wellness. With over 3,100 practicing physicians and more than 58,500 surgeries performed annually, their budget for operating room supplies exceeds $80 million annually across all facilities. Morton Plant Hospital is faced with the challenge of reducing overall operating costs without sacrificing their high standards of patient care and safety. The hospital realized that surgical waste represented a huge opportunity to address. By providing visibility to information that was otherwise hidden, a case cart system would be able to track surgical materials issued, used, and returned; including between doctors, procedures, and locations. This could help the hospital to achieve a number of objectives including: guarantying that all material issued to the OR was accounted for
Environmental problems are something which belongs to nature or known as “Mother Earth” . Nature was created to help people survive from gathering foods until build a house. This phenomenon happens continuously without thinking how much damage that nature has because human’s fault. Nature gradually becomes worse and animal’s life in danger. People who are aware of the importance of nature react. Those people do several ways to save the environment. Although these efforts can return back the environment, these efforts only can be hold temporarily. This problem happens because those people who are aware of the environment only slightly; for remaining, there are people either do not know or do not care about the nature. People’s efforts
According to Mintzberg, the environmental school of thought is a strategy dealing with the forces outside the organization. Unlike the other schools in his book, Strategy Safari, the environment plays a central role in the strategy formation process alongside leadership and the organization where the organization becomes subordinate to the external environment. The environmental school assumptions are that during the formative period of the organization the company shapes itself in response to the environment, but after that period is increasingly unable to respond to the environment. Moreover, the organization long term survival depends on the early choices made during its formative period. Over time, Mintzberg states, leadership becomes