The Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology has evolved to meet worldwide needs and challenges and to help meet the growing needs of the U.S. healthcare industry.
MediSend International was founded in 1990 by renowned Dallas neurosurgeon, Martin Lazar, with the initial mission of shipping medical supplies and surgical instrumentation, Containers of Hope, to developing country hospitals and clinics.
In 2004, the current CEO/President, Nick Hallack, came to the helm of the organization with the mission of restructuring the business model and implementing corporate methods in improving efficiency of medical aid services delivered in long-term medical aid programs, and disaster-emergency medical relief campaigns. MediSend began shipping refurbished biomedical equipment to qualified hospitals in developing countries after a comprehensive biomedical equipment repair laboratory was built thanks to a generous grant from ExxonMobil. Soon after on a visit to Africa, Hallack discovered that much of the biomedical equipment necessary to properly diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries went unused because there was no one who knew how to use, repair or maintain it properly. In response to this unmet need for trained technicians, Hallack began plans for building a training center where a world-class program would help to fill the desperate need for properly trained and equipped biomedical technicians in developing country hospital systems.
In 2005 Rene and Elisabeth Dahan generously gifted the Elisabeth Dahan Humanitarian Center to Medisend as home to its international humanitarian missions, and as the Global Education Center of its new School.
MediSend’s Biomedical Equipment Technology Program opened in the spring of 2007 and its first class of 12 professionally trained international technicians (International Student Program) from various African countries graduated in October that year.
The MediSend Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kit ™ was designed and created to serve as a mobile laboratory to help technicians test and repair medical equipment specific to hospital and clinic locations. Information technology was also specifically tailored for hospital equipment maintenance programs to asses equipment performance. In early 2008 several additional courses were introduced; clinical chemistry and hematology instrumentation as well as ancillary equipment repair for clinical laboratory.
Generous support from corporate and individual partners enabled MediSend to return more than 140 BMET graduates to work in hospitals and clinics in 21 countries worldwide, with the ability to maintain and repair, install and properly use lifesaving biomedical equipment. MediSend continues to distribute medical supplies and biomedical equipment to developing countries in sustainable, long-term partnerships that include education and professional training and ongoing technical support so better healthcare can be provided and overall conditions improved.
In early 2011, the MediSend BMET Program was approved by the United States Certification Commission (USCC) and the US BMET Board of Examiners.
In 2013, under the leadership of General Richard B. Myers, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, MediSend launched a new veterans program dedicated to the education, training and job placement of U.S. military veterans. The program bears the name General Richard B. Myers Veterans Program.
In 2014, the Texas Work Force Commission certified the MediSend Biomedical Equipment Technology School as a “Career School and College” and in 2016 MediSend, was approved for benefits by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for educational benefits.
In 2017, the MediSend Biomedical Equipment Technology School became the Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology. The new Medisend College, under the authority of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, received a Certificate of Authority to teach and award an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology, the only such degree in the U.S. that may be attained in less than one year.