International Aid GE Healthcare Team Up On Equipment Donations
International Aid is expected to send as many as 200 pieces of GE equipment overseas annually, starting with anesthesia machines and ventilators. Eventually, the shipments will include maternal and infant care equipment, patient monitors and ultrasound systems.
"GE could work with anybody they wanted to," said the Rev. Myles Fish, president and CEO of International Aid. "I want our community here in
The organization sent almost 1,400 pieces of donated medical equipment around the world in fiscal 2006. Major items are brought to
"The equipment being traded in is not the newest model but is just as serviceable as the day it was purchased," he said. Refurbishing often includes rewiring the item for use on electrical systems that differ from the
GE Healthcare will train International Aid's technicians on the use and repair of the machines. International Aid then will train recipients of the items and provide operational and repair manuals. It will also provide spare parts for three years. Over the years, the 27-year-old charity has trained nearly 500 people in 18 countries, including Indonesians working at 32 tsunami-damaged hospitals.
"What we're working towards is not the newest equipment but the most appropriate technology," Fish said. "Equipment coming off-line here in the
With headquarters in the
"GE Healthcare is continually searching for new ways to extend the reach of our technologies and services," said Omar Ishrak, president and CEO of the company's Clinical Systems unit in
"Two hundred anesthesia machines are on their way to us; we already have some in our warehouse," Fish added. "Really, the sky's the limit both from their side and from ours. At this point, we're the only one that has entered this kind of agreement with them."
International Aid also works with Spectrum Health,