Welcome to MedShare's Headquarters and Southeast Distribution and Volunteer Center! As a result of A.B. Short and Bob Freeman's vision, we began our mission of bridging the gap between surplus and need in 1998. We've since served the Southeast by partnering with local hospitals and saving tons of medical supplies from landfills. To date, we've shipped 1,150 containers of medical supplies and equipment to countries in need. Below, you will find information on our facility location, how to support our mission (you can volunteer or donate), news on recent and upcoming projects and events, hospital partners, and key staff.
-Jill Paris and Ariana Zibilich, Co-Chairs, Southeast Regional Council
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National Volunteer Week (April 21 – 27) was a time to celebrate people helping people. This week focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of our civic leadership. It’s thanks to dedicated volunteers that inspect, sort and prepare the medical supplies for shipments that MedShare is able to help people living in medically underserved communities.
MedShare relies heavily on its volunteers to get life-saving medical supplies to people who desperately need them – we’re thankful for all 18,000 of our volunteers that work in our Atlanta and San Francisco facilities annually! We even have many “regular volunteers” that have been sorting at MedShare consistently for over 10 years!
Some of our notable groups during this past National Volunteer Week include:
Chick-fil-A: helped save 7655 pounds of medical supplies from entering our landfills, made 1104 boxes (and thanks for the delicious biscuits!)
WellPoint/Blue Cross Blue Shield: helped save 2168 pounds of medical supplies from entering our landfills, made248 boxes
MJCCA: helped save 1137 pounds of medical supplies from entering our landfills, made 148 boxes
Emory Emeritus College: helped save 79 pounds of sutures from entering our landfills, and sorted through 965 individual sutures
KC Seniors: helped save 186 pounds of medical supplies from entering our landfills, made 36 boxes
Wednesday Regulars (Zoo Crew): helped save 644 pounds of medical supplies from entering our landfills, made 32 boxes
Novartis: 16,500 Novartis employees in 56 countries are engaging in service to help their local communities to celebrate their Community Partnership Day
Thank you, all, for your dedicated service! Click here for more information about volunteering with MedShare. We’d love to host you or your group!
For the first time, Isaie Jeanty Maternity Hospital in Haiti was able to give this premature baby a chance at life with the use of an incubator donated through MedShare's surplus recovery program. Previously, an at risk infant born at this hospital would have been dangerously transported in a shoebox on a motor vehicle to a nearby facility that may have access to an incubator. MedShare was able to give doctors and nurses the courage to take this leap, a family will hold their baby for the first time, and the joys of new life will be experienced. Thank you, Northside Hospital, for your doantion of this incubator!