Dallas-based Baylor Health Care System and MediSend International Work Together To Improve Health Care Systems in Developing Countries

07/16/2008

pr91-1.jpgDallas-based Baylor Health Care System and MediSend International have joined together in a first-mover humanitarian initiative to improve health care systems in developing countries. MediSend is the first organization to offer a comprehensive BMT Biomedical Repair Training Program© designed specifically to meet the needs and challenges of hospitals in developing countries. The intensive curriculum and training model were created in direct response to the worldwide lack of skilled biomedical technicians. Baylor Health Care System is providing formal professional internships to the biomedical trainees as part of the curriculum.

Recently, nine men and three women from Angola and Nigeria all sponsored by the ExxonMobil Foundation as part of the ExxonMobil Africa Health Initiative, returned to their home countries as qualified biomedical technicians trained on a complete range of biomedical equipment typically found in developing country hospital environments. The trainees spent six months taking courses in the first comprehensive, performance-based biomedical training curriculum for developing countries that meets US standards in biomedical technologies.

Baylor will provide two one-week and two one-month professional internships each year as part of the MediSend BMT Basic and Advanced curricula, offering hands-on training in a state-of-the-art clinical environment at four separate Baylor facilities.

pr91-2.jpg“The internships at Baylor are an important asset to the MediSend BMT Biomedical Training Program. We are very proud of MediSend’s programs and the role they play in helping to improve health care systems in developing countries. We are honored that Baylor has chosen to participate in this ground-breaking effort,” said Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend, adding, “The students will return to their home countries with professional skills and practical experience in a working clinical environment.”

New students will soon arrive from developing countries including India, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia to begin the Fall Semester at MediSend International.

About MediSend International
MediSend International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, humanitarian organization that provides medical aid and education to people in need in developing countries worldwide. MediSend’s global mission includes educational and training programs in biomedical technologies and the distribution of medical supplies and biomedical equipment in long-term and disaster relief programs.

About Baylor Health Care System
Baylor Health Care System is a network of hospitals, primary care and specialty care centers, rehabilitation clinics, affiliated ambulatory surgery centers and the Baylor Research Institute. One of the largest private-sector employers in Dallas/Fort Worth, Baylor employs more than 16,500 people and has more than 2,700 physicians on its medical staffs. Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, flagship hospital of the system, is a major patient care, teaching and research center for the Southwest. For fiscal year 2007, Baylor Health Care System reported $390 million in community benefit to the Texas Department of State Health Services. For more information about Baylor, visit www.BaylorHealth.com.