Medline and Project C.U.R.E. Grow Healthcare Partnership
By Francesca Olivier | September 7, 2017
Medline and Project C.U.R.E. are building on their collaboration to collect unused or recently expired items from hospitals, and place them in under served countries. The impact of this new program is huge.
The World Health Organization reports of the waste from healthcare that exists, 85 percent is non-hazardous. Medline and Project C.U.R.E. went to El Crucero, Nicaragua, in August for Medline’s first-ever medical service trip.
Medline utilized a wide breadth of resources. Packing Kits for Kids at Medline’s headquarters with Medline’s supplies gave employees the opportunity to take part in delivering healthcare to rural Nicaraguans. A group of Medline employees then traveled to teach the locals about hand hygiene, dental hygiene, first-aid and nutrition.
The growth in the relationship between Medline and Project C.U.R.E. dates back to 2014. That’s when Medline initially became a procurement partner by immediately jumping in to contribute targeted supplies to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
“The Medline team showed great commitment from the start,” said Jennifer Manhoff, director of international programs at Project C.U.R.E. “They delved into the mental and physical preparation for the trip and fully gave themselves to the experience. On the first day of service, and often a time of chaos, the reality of what they came to do and the reality of the people they were coming to serve hit home — motivating everyone even more.”
Sr. Director, Social Responsibility
Francesca Olivier leads Medline’s social responsibility and innovation strategy. She was named a Top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility Influence Leader. She has more than 10 years of experience developing social and environmental programs in the non-profit, government and corporate sectors. In that time, she has gained experience in areas such as healthcare sustainability, environmental justice and disaster relief. She earned a Master of Science in Environmental Management and Sustainability from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Loyola University New Orleans.