The Board of Directors of MediSend International has announced the initiation of a capital campaign to raise funds for the expansion of the Global Education Center, located in the Elisabeth Dahan Humanitarian Center, MediSend’s Dallas facility.
In 2006, retired Exxon-executive Rene Dahan and his wife, Elisabeth, made the acquisition of the facility possible for MediSend. The Center now houses one of the nation’s best-equipped biomedical equipment repair and training laboratories, sponsored by ExxonMobil. The existing classrooms, library and common areas were designed by Perkins + Will and the construction was funded by Dallas-based Cambridge Holdings Inc. Donations from corporate sponsors and donors have equipped and furnished the state-of-the art facility.
“In developing countries, millions of men, women and children are denied proper diagnosis and treatment everyday because of a serious global shortage of qualified biomedical technicians and skilled healthcare technologists. MediSend is offering sustainable solutions to this problem,” said Rene Dahan, “In the two years since its inception, the MediSend Biomedical Repair Training Program has returned several dozen qualified biomedical repair technicians to their home countries of Angola, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, India and the Democratic Republic of Congo. MediSend’s proven record should encourage donors to help them in the process of expansion.”
MediSend has now developed a Healthcare Technology and Management Program that will focus primarily on educating women from developing countries who, as nurses, are often called upon to use biomedical equipment but who have not been properly trained. Graduates will return to their home-hospitals with the skills to properly use a wide range of biomedical equipment. They will gain advanced knowledge in nursing diagnosis and treatment, immunization, infection control, and disease transmission prevention (HIV, TB and Malaria). They will also be trained in the concept and application of team-building and leadership in working with and improving their community health structure.
Funds are badly needed to add the necessary laboratories, hospital room settings, classrooms and support areas to the building in order to accommodate MediSend’s expanding healthcare training programs. The $1 million bricks and mortar campaign will fund construction of a new Healthcare Technology Lab that will house 6 hospital rooms, work stations, a nursing station and operating room. The campaign will also support the construction of a standard operating room simulation lab, a biomedical repair lab to complement MediSend’s existing biomedical repair training lab, and a 35-person classroom. A commercial kitchen and expanded office space to accommodate the additional faculty and students will be part of the plan as well as the addition of a mandatory elevator.
“Our generous sponsors have enabled MediSend to set new standards of excellence in biomedical technologies in countries desperately needing better healthcare. The funds raised for this project will allow us to increase and amplify educational programs while continuing the ongoing distribution of medical supplies and biomedical equipment in sustainable plans for the countries we serve” said Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend International.