MedWish International

Repurpose. Save Lives.

aka MedWish International   |   Cleveland, OH   |  www.medwish.org

Mission

MedWish International is a not-for-profit organization that saves lives and the environment by repurposing discarded medical supplies and equipment to provide humanitarian aid to people in need.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Ms. Carolina Masri

Main address

1625 E. 31st Street

Cleveland, OH 44114 USA

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Formerly known as

Intervol of Cleveland, INC.

EIN

34-1903712

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In the U.S., hospitals produce an estimated 5.9 million tons of medical waste each year. This “waste” includes supplies that are in perfect, usable condition but must be discarded due to U.S. regulations. At the same time, each year millions of men, women, and children worldwide die from lack of access to adequate health care. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that in 2015, 5.9 million children under the age of five died worldwide, and the leading causes of death in these children were preventable and treatable conditions. Also, according to the WHO, more than half of these early childhood deaths were due to conditions that could have been easily prevented or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions, but without basic medical care, these individuals are more likely to live shorter lives. MedWish aims to divert usable medical surplus from landfills to provide healthcare institutions around the world with the medical supplies they need.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

International Humanitarian Aid Program

Working with healthcare facilities and medical missions around the world, MedWish International accepts applications for medical aid and matches our extensive inventory with recipient's needs. Recipients may be looking for one piece of equipment, a box of supplies, or a full 40' cargo ship container. The team at MedWish works with each recipient to establish a specific wish list of the needed items and pack the shipments of aid.

Recipients are primarily in- and outpatient clinics and hospitals located throughout Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central and South America. The supplies we distribute provide doctors and nurses with the critical items they often lack otherwise. Patient needs range from preventative and routine care to chronic and life-threatening conditions.

To date, we have shipped to 114 countries and we estimate that our shipments impact approximately 1 million lives each year.

Population(s) Served
Health
Economically disadvantaged people

MedWish International organizes and executes volunteer mission trips to countries in need. Volunteers, both medical professionals and lay volunteers, operate medical clinics free of charge in partnership with a local partner. These teams provide quality medical treatment, improving access to care for those in impoverished communities. As of 2021, MedWish has conducted brigades in Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Peru, Kenya, and the Dominican Republic.

Population(s) Served

MedWish International distributes needed medical supplies and equipment to those who are economically disadvantaged and un/underinsured in the United States. Through a formalized application process, MedWish accepts requests for supplies on behalf of those in need from non-profit organizations and social service agencies. We then review each request, match inventory to the identified need, and organize a delivery or pickup by the recipient organization.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, MedWish felt a strong pull to take a leadership role in the fight against the spread because of our expertise and 25 year history with distribution of medical supplies. Thanks to our vast inventory, we were able to begin distributing essential equipment, medical supplies, cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene items to healthcare systems, nursing homes, and social service agencies to support the needs of frontline workers and the community at large. Through these efforts, MedWish distributed 424,420 masks, 153,907 gloves, 36,471 eye shields and other PPE, 16,865 pediatric & adult respiratory supplies, 14,068 gowns, and 2 ventilators. Additionally, we have distributed over 204,863 lbs. of personal hygiene supplies, laundry kits and cleaning products.

Population(s) Served
Health
Health
Health
Economically disadvantaged people

MedWish International is a training site for individuals with special needs who come weekly or monthly to support our mission while developing their own skills. Volunteers are essential to MedWish, and our Skill Building Program is an important component of our operations.

MedWish’s Skill Building Program is the perfect environment to build skills for those with special needs. Our controlled work/volunteer environment punctuated by strict protocols not only ensures the integrity of the equipment we distribute, but provides a structured environment for learning skills, and we work closely with partners to create a safe and appropriate volunteer/learning experience. Volunteer opportunities include sorting tasks: counting, bagging, packing, etc., as well as occupational tasks: work endurance, time management, and job safety. With defined tasks and processes, volunteers – all of whom have either cognitive or physical disabilities – can be assigned activities geared towards their abilities that also meet their occupational therapy and/or vocational learning needs.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

In the U.S., hospitals produce an estimated 5.9 million tons of medical waste each year. This “waste” includes supplies that are in perfect, usable condition but must be discarded due to U.S. regulations. According to the National Academy of Medicine, $765 billion of usable, lifesaving medical supplies are thrown away annually. MedWish works to reduce this waste by salvaging usable medical equipment and using it to help create greater access to vital healthcare for those in need locally and across the globe. MedWish partners with healthcare facilities, hospitals, and medical supply companies to recover usable and sterile medical supplies that are no longer needed. Through this program, MedWish recovers on average 475,000 lbs. of supplies and equipment annually. These supplies are in turn sorted and distributed to those in need.

Population(s) Served

MedWish International is both a health and environmentally focused organization. Because MedWish adheres to the World Health Organization’s guidelines regarding the donation of medical equipment, as well as their safety and quality standards, not all of the materials recovered by MedWish are able to be used as humanitarian aid. Those materials deemed unsuitable for medical redistribution are repurposed to every extent possible. Through our Alternative Recycling Program, MedWish finds alternative uses for them in medical education programs, animal shelters, kids programs, and more.

Population(s) Served

Once in our warehouse, the salvaged medical supplies received through our Medical Supply Recovery Program find a new purpose thanks to our robust volunteer force. Volunteers shifts are all throughout the week and select weekends. Volunteer groups range from religious groups, schools, corporations, and more. Our volunteers help sort and vet supplies in order to prepare them for distribution.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Medical Surplus Alliance 2018

Awards

Social Entrepreneurship Award 2011

Manhattan Institute

Congressional Award 2018

US Congress - Sherrod Brown

Grant Awardee 2201

Autism Speaks

Affiliations & memberships

Medical Surplus Alliance 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of lives touched or impacted.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each year MedWish donates thousands of pounds of repurposed medical supplies and equipment to medical facilities in the world. It's estimated that more than 1 million people benefit by these efforts.

Number of pounds of medical surplus supplies shipped to communities in need

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

MedWish matches our extensive inventory with the needs of recipient both locally/domestically and internationally. This metric shows the poundage of the supplies distributed.

Number of pounds of medical surplus supplies diverted from landfills

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

MedWish works to divert usable medical surplus from landfills by collecting it from local healthcare institutions, manufacturers, and individuals.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Double the estimated annual lives impacted by our shipments from 1M to 2M by doubling the annual pounds of supplies diverted from landfills from 500,000 lbs. to 1M lbs.

2. Double our operating budget and support our staff in doubling capacity

3. Be recognized as top nonprofit organization

Goal #1- As MedWish works to double the number of lives impacted every year, our board of directors is exploring the following strategies:
- To focus efforts on receiving durable medical equipment (DME) donations to enable more shipments.
- To maximize and deepen relationships with supply donors.
- To deepen relationships with individual supply donors.
- To reduce the financial burden on recipients.

Goal #2- As MedWish works to double our operating budget and staff capacity, our board of directors is exploring the following strategies:
-To expand our development team.
-To develop strategic campaigns and peer to peer fundraising opportunities.
-To develop deeper relationships with our supporters.

Goal #3 - As MedWish works to be recognized as a top nonprofit, our board of directors is exploring the following strategies:
-To improve staff benefits and growth opportunities.
-To improve customer service.
-To continue improving MedWish facilities.

During the next 2 years, MedWish will focus on increasing the levels of sustainability, that will ultimately increase resources in order to touch and impact more and more lives every year. We are focused on pursuing these goals and will continue to allocate resources in our efforts to achieve them.

When these strategic goals were put into place in 2019, MedWish took immediate action to work towards their achievement. We created a new position dedicated to outreach and the procumbent of supply donations to increase donations and enable more shipments, we initiated efforts to explore our ability to grow our fundraising capacity and therefore grow our operations team, and we established new/improved benefits for our staff.

Like the rest of the world, MedWish did not anticipate the year that 2020 would bring. Despite the hurdles and difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, MedWish remained dedicated to our mission and our pursuit of our strategic goals. Although we had to put some hiring plans on hold due to the health crisis, we responded to the needs of the local and international community and MedWish's operational impact grew. In 2020, our overall supply distribution grew by 101.6% and the amount of supplies diverted from landfills increased by 33.3%. Much of the growth of our supply distribution came from the enormous growth in our Local & Domestic Giving Program efforts. While responding to the needs of the local community in Northeast Ohio, providing PPE and other critically needed supplies to frontline workers and social service agencies, the poundage distributed by this program grew by 2,081% in 2020 as compared to 2019. This growth is certainly the direction we want to move in pursuit of our first strategic goal. We have created another new position dedicated to this program. As we continue to pursue sustained growth in our operations, we have also dedicated additional staff members to development efforts which in turn is supporting further plans to increase operational strength and capacity.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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MedWish International

Board of directors
as of 4/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Lee Ponsky

University Hospitals of Cleveland

Brian Smith

Health Tech Development

David Landever

Tucker Ellis

Javier Echevarria

VVF

Meg Furey

Cleveland Clinic

Charu Ramanathan

Lokyata & vitalxchange

Rafid Fadul

Community Intensivists & North Bridge Management

Zac Ponsky

Ponsky Capital Partners

Ashley Wilson Baer

Motion Picture Association of America

Valerie Henderson

Emergency Management Consultant

Brennan Igoe

Argonite Partners

Joshua Miller

Cleveland Clinic

Sheldon Rose

University Hospitals

David Rosenberg

University Hospitals

Brook Watts

The MetroHealth System

Michael Zweig

Rockefeller Global Family Office

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/09/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Middle Eastern
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data