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Hospital donates unneeded equipment

POSTED: June 24, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Effingham Hospital staff help load a Continental/Transworld X-ray machine into a shipping container to be sent to a part of the world that needs it, thanks to Rotary International's Medical Equipment Transport Service.

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On Friday, Effingham Hospital donated a retired radiologic Continental/Transworld X-ray machine to Rotary International District 6920 Medical Equipment Transport Services (METS) located in Savannah.  

Ed Brown, hospital CFO, and other administrators were on hand to welcome Patti Victor of Rotary International to the hospital’s main medical campus in Springfield, and to present a gift of medicine for those less fortunate. Chief Radiologist Ken Wimmer supervised the precision equipment’s philanthropic passage.  

As the equipment was loaded by a special hospital team for transport, Victor thanked Effingham Hospital officials for the kindness of the contribution. Rotary International District 6920 is in the business of saving lives with retired medical equipment and surplus supplies. Rotarians are able to collect, sort, identify, store, and ship millions of dollars worth of these still usable medical goods to worldwide locations sorely in need.  

As Effingham Hospital continues to advance technologically to meet the unique health care needs of all of the citizens of Effingham County, it seems only fitting that retired technologies should continue on in the spirit of a lifesaving mission. Rotary International receives donated medical equipment and supplies and ships them in 40-foot containers to non-profit clinics and hospitals in developing nations.

In the U.S., there's a huge wealth of usable medical equipment and supplies that are no longer in use. What’s simply second hand surplus in the U.S. is state of the art to the healing needs of countries such as Russia, the Philippines, Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua, South Africa and even some locations in the United States itself.  

Like Rotary International, Effingham Hospital believes that “small sacrifices mean big miracles,” and is exceedingly pleased to be able to contribute and take part in this world-wide life saving program.

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