"MedShare’s Western Region opened in 2008 and since then we have shipped over 140 forty-foot containers of life-changing medical aid to hospitals in the developing world. In addition, we have equipped hundreds of medical teams as well as safety-net clinics throughout California.
We have established partnerships with the leading hospitals in Northern California and prevented hundreds of tons of medical supplies from going to area landfills. Here, 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 our staff. Thank you for all that you do to support MedShare's mission."
- Mary Bersot, MedShare Western Regional Council
MedShare's operations depend on its volunteers to get these life-saving supplies to people around the world who desperately need them. Learn more about volunteer opportunities or sign up here.
Western region volunteers see MedShare’s impact first-hand
on trip to Tanzania
Our volunteers consistently go above and beyond in their service to MedShare. In the summer of 2013, MedShare’s Western Region volunteers came together to raise over $22,000 to ship a container of much-needed medical supplies to a hospital in Tanzania. But that wasn’t enough. Some volunteers decided to travel to the recipient hospital in Tanzania to volunteer their time and talents on the ground.
In mid-February 2014, Camille Harris, Fran Jursco, and Nancy Menne traveled to Shirati KMT Hospital in Tanzania. MedShare's 40-foot container was still en route at the time, but they hand-carried additional medical supplies from MedShare's Western Region Distribution Center as well as specially requested items for the hospital staff. Read more.
MedShare names new Executive Director for Western Region
Andrew Pines to join MedShare in April 2014
Atlanta, GA – March 14, 2013 – MedShare President and CEO Meridith Rentz has announced that Andrew Pines will become the next Executive Director of the organization’s Western Region, effective April 11, 2014. Pines succeeds the Region’s founding Executive Director, Chuck Haupt, who retired in September 2013.
“In addition to his tremendous passion for MedShare’smission, Andy brings to this position 24 years of health system relationships and a proven track-record of achieving growth,” said Ms. Rentz. “Andy is the right person to lead MedShare’s efforts to extend our impact across the San Francisco Bay area as well as the entire state of California.”
Andrew Pines has had a long and illustrious career in investment banking with a focus on the public sector. He worked for over 20 years at Citigroup and most recently served as Head of the Non-Profit Health Care Group that provides financing and strategic advisory work to non-profit health care organizations, including Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Health, Sharp Healthcare, and others.
“Andy’s strategic thinking, ability to build partnerships, and extensive experience in the nonprofit healthcare field will greatly benefit MedShare’s work in this region,” said Sue Sprunk, Chair of MedShare’s Western Regional Council.
Over the past six years, Pines has been an active member of MedShare’s Board of Trustees and Western Regional Council, serving as the Council’s first chair. He has been an enthusiastic advocate for MedShare’s Western Region and nationally, including traveling on two trips to visit hospital partners in Ghana and Haiti to see the impact of MedShare’s work first-hand.
Andy has volunteered with other non-profit organizations including Healthcare Without Harm / Practice Greenhealth, Friends of the Arava Institute, and the American Heart Association. Andy, his wife, and three children live in the San Francisco Bay area.