AmerisourceBer­gen as­sists Project C.U.R.E.

AmerisourceBer­gen con­trib­utes to Jen­nersville Project C.U.R.E.

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Fran Maye fmaye@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @ken­nettpa­per on Twit­ter

Project C.U.R.E, a non­profit that pro­vides med­i­cal sup­plies, opened its sixth dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter.

“Last year, we did 450 needs as­sess­ments to in­di­vid­ual hos­pi­tals all over the world. It is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing.” – Doug Jack­son, son of Jim and Marie Jack­son who founded Project C.U.R.E. in 1987

JEN­NERSVILLE >> Project C.U.R.E, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides med­i­cal sup­plies and equip­ment to de­vel­op­ing coun­tries around the world, opened its sixth dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter Wed­nes­day, made pos­si­ble through a re­cent part­ner­ship with AmerisourceBer­gen and its foun­da­tion.

The dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter off Route 896 near Dan­sko is the first on the East Coast. The oth­ers are lo­cated in Den­ver, Nashville, Phoenix, Hous­ton and Chicago.

“We are so proud of this and it is such a great fa­cil­ity,” said Doug Jack­son, son of Jim and Marie Jack­son who founded Project C.U.R.E. in 1987. “When Mar­garet Meade said ‘Never doubt that a small group of thought­ful, com­mit­ted cit­i­zens can change the world; in­deed, it’s the only thing that ever has,’ that is what this small ded­i­cated group rep­re­sents to­day. We are chang­ing the world.”

AmerisourceBer­gen, a For­tune 500 or­ga­ni­za­tion with 19,000 em­ploy­ees head­quar­tered in Ch­ester­brook, pro­vided a $50,000 grant that en­abled Project CURE to pur­chase a state-of-the-art truck to sup­port the lo­gis­tics of col­lect­ing gen­tly used med­i­cal equip­ment from the greater Philadel­phia re­gion’s hos­pi­tals and re­dis­tribut­ing the sup­plies to clin­ics and health sys­tems in need in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

“This year, we will pack 180

semi-truck trail­ers to the poor­est places in the world,” Jack­son said. “Our av­er­age client works 12 hours a day and makes a dol­lar, and just can’t af­ford health care. Peo­ple will die to­day be­cause they don’t have su­tures. How stupid is that, when it costs just $4.”

At the event, about 35 vol­un­teers un­loaded a de­liv­ery of med­i­cal sup­plies do­nated by Jen­nersville Re­gional Hos­pi­tal and repack­aged the equip­ment, which will be sent to Rwanda in the cen­ter’s in­au­gu­ral ship­ment.

Jack­son said a de­tailed needs as­sess­ment is per­formed on ev­ery med­i­cal cen­ter or hos­pi­tal, so only the need­i­est get the med­i­cal sup­plies.

“Last year, we did 450 needs as­sess­ments to in­di­vid­ual hos­pi­tals all over the world,” Jack­son said. “It is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing.”

“This will en­able the dis­tri­bu­tion of all th­ese won­der­ful sup­plies from hos­pi­tals all over the mid-Alt­lantic area to places like Rwanda and oth­ers,” said Gina Clark, AmerisourceBer­gen Foun­da­tion pres­i­dent. “Noth­ing can fit into the mis­sion of AmerisourceBer­gen bet­ter than the work Project CURE is do­ing.”

Project C.U.R.E. matches med­i­cal do­na­tions from the United States by as­sess­ing health­care fa­cil­i­ties in se­verely re­source-lim­ited com­mu­ni­ties to em­power doc­tors and nurses with the tools they need to treat dis­ease, de­liver vac­cines, per­form life-chang­ing surg­eries and en­sure safe child­birth. Project C.U.R.E. re­ceives do­na­tions of con­sum­able sup­plies and med­i­cal equip­ment from U.S. hos­pi­tals, med­i­cal man­u­fac­tur­ers and whole­sale sup­pli­ers, and redi­rects their sur­plus to those in need.

FRAN MAYE - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Steven Col­lis, pres­i­dent and CEO of AmerisourceBer­gen, talks about how the new dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter in Jen­nersville will help un­der­priv­i­leged peo­ple around the world.

FRAN MAYE - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Vol­un­teers help load med­i­cal sup­plies at the Project C.U.R.E.’s new dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter in Jen­nersville Wed­nes­day.

FRAN MAYE - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Scores of peo­ple at­tended the grand open­ing of Project C.U.R.E.’s new dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter in Jen­nersville Wed­nes­day.

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