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PROJECT C.U.R.E. PARTNERS WITH THE AMERISOURCEBERGEN FOUNDATION TO CREATE A GLOBAL HEALTHCARE SUPPLY CHAIN
AmerisourceBergen knows something about healthcare supply chain management. After all, AmerisourceBergen is a leader in pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution services. It also recognizes the important of partnerships. Its business is built on creating partnerships with global manufacturing providers and pharmacies to improve access and efficiencies throughout the healthcare supply chain to create healthier futures.
Project C.U.R.E.’s work aligns with the AmerisourceBergen Foundation’s mission to positively impact the lives of people in the communities it serves by improving the health and well-being of its patient population. Gina Clark, Executive Vice President and Chief Communications & Administration Officer, AmerisourceBergen and President of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, knew that the partnership between the two organizations would make the greatest impact in improving access to quality healthcare to those in the developing world.
"It is exciting to work with a professional nonprofit organization like Project C.U.R.E. that recognizes the importance of efficient sourcing and distribution to have a real impact in the world. It blew me away how lean an organization Project C.U.R.E. is considering all that it accomplishes around the globe." ~Gina Clark, Executive Vice President and Chief Communications & Administration Officer, AmerisourceBergen and President of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation
The AmerisourceBergen Foundation and Project C.U.R.E. developed an innovative program to collect donated medical equipment and supplies from hospitals and clinics in the Chester County area to be distributed to approved medical facilities in under-resourced countries.
Project C.U.R.E. hosted a grand opening to celebrate its Mid-Atlantic Distribution Center and the organization’s recent partnership with the AmerisourceBergen Foundation.
- COLLECTION: Purchase of a truck and support logistics for sourcing donated medical equipment and supplies at the new distribution center.
- SOURCING: More than 200+ hospitals in the Chester County area became sources of medical equipment and supplies, leveraging the AmerisourceBergen Foundation’s local client network.
- EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT: AmerisourceBergen associates volunteered to sort incoming equipment and supplies in the warehouse and pack cargo containers for shipment to other countries. AmerisourceBergen executives and associates continue to volunteer in the distribution center regularly.
In 2017, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation and Project C.U.R.E were honored with a Faces of Philanthropy Award by the Philadelphia Business Journal for their partnership and local and global impact. During the first year of Project C.U.R.E.’s Mid-Atlantic facility, nearly $1.45 million worth of excess and gently used medical supplies and equipment were distributed to 12 medical facilities in six developing countries.
The impact of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation and Project C.U.R.E. partnership continues and the 2017 objective was nearly achieved by mid-year, providing relief materials to Syria, beds for a hospital in Tunisia, equipment and supplies to four clinic locations in Ghana and two clinics in Mali, and specialty pediatric equipment for special needs patients.