An­other kind of re­cy­cling

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

Im­ages of this year’s dev­as­tat­ing earth­quakes in Haiti and Chile served as grim re­minders of the need for bet­ter health­care ser­vices in cer­tain parts of the globe—which is the pur­pose be­hind Con­tain­ers to Clin­ics, a Dover, Mass.-based char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion also known as C2C.

Es­tab­lished by physi­cian as­sis­tant El­iz­a­beth Shee­han in Septem­ber 2008, C2C launched a pro­to­type health con­tainer clinic late last year in an ef­fort to im­prove the health of women and chil­dren by pro­vid­ing ac­cess to pri­mary health­care. The clin­ics—made from retro­fit­ted ship­ping con­tain­ers—are used to house exam, con­sul­ta­tion, phar­macy and lab­o­ra­tory spa­ces.

Shee­han, the group’s founder and pres­i­dent es­tab­lished the or­ga­ni­za­tion af­ter prac­tic­ing emer­gency medicine in the U.S., train­ing paramedics in Cam­bo­dia, and teach­ing triage to nurses in the crowded emer­gency rooms of Mozam­bique. “Without ac­cess to trained med­i­cal per­son­nel, op­er­a­tional health fa­cil­i­ties, and sim­ple medicines, health in the de­vel­op­ing world is con­stantly chal­lenged,” Shee­han writes on C2C’s Web site. “Without th­ese el­e­ments, stay­ing healthy in re­source-poor set­tings is nearly im­pos­si­ble.”

C2C has a unique so­lu­tion for clin­ics in the de­vel­op­ing world.

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