Owens and Minor is an industry leader in the provision of surgical supply products and a world-class provider of supply chain management solutions. Based in Richmond, VA, Owens and Minor (OM) began working with IHC in September of 2008 through donation of surgical supplies to IHC’s annual pediatric surgery missions. This past July (2009), however, marked the formalization of our partnership, and while OM’s original agreement was to provide regular product donation for our teams, their generosity has extended far beyond that and what we’d dreamed to envision.
Thanks to the generous leadership of Khaki Weber, OM’s director of supplier relations and product development, and Nick Ciucci, the company is making four very significant quarterly donations of surgical product to IHC’s teams. OM’s own MediChoice products as well as other OM-distributed supplies equip IHC’s pediatric surgeons with their preferred products. OM’s donation of supplies each time translates into monies saved for IHC to send their much-needed teams abroad; even more importantly, their donation means IHC teams can provide our international children with the same high quality level of care we provide our kids in the US. IHC is proud to stand firm in this high standard of care and OM is an integral part of our capacity to do so.
This year OM products will outfit 24 different IHC surgeons and their teams to provide critical care services to an expected 900 kids who otherwise would not have access to that level of expert care. Of those, 300 will receive critically needed surgery. And of those, 100 lives will be saved through pediatric cardiac surgery or neurosurgery.
But beyond providing the tools necessary to improve children’s lives now, OM is building IHC’s long-term capacity, just as we remain dedicated to building the local sustainability of our partners internationally. In addition to their considerable donation of products for use in the operating room, OM team members Corky Biller, manager of logistics and operations, and Greg Clack, regional director of transportation, have grown IHC’s capacity for efficiently and effectively managing the thousands of pounds of surgical supplies we pack and ship for our teams year-round. Corky and Greg have spent several full days at the IHC office fully stocking IHC’s two supply rooms with donated shelving and bins that we use to house our supplies on site. For the first time, IHC is equipped with the organized space that gives us the full capacity we need to handle the requests we receive for help. Additionally, Greg has built a custom-designed electronic database that newly gives IHC the means to track needed supplies well in advance and to accurately manage our inventory of high-demand products as teams travel and return home. OM hasn’t stopped here but has also gifted IHC with 30 sturdy rolling duffle bags that travel month after month with our teams to keep our supplies in good condition.
OM is dedicated to their team members’ community involvement and deserves great recognition for their partnership with IHC and the children we serve. Employees at both organizations agree it’s astounding to see the results that are possible through an organized effort. For IHC and OM, those results mean children’s lives that are completely changed forever!
– Lauren Davis, IHC We Send Program Manager