Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology has evolved to help meet the U.S. and worldwide growing needs and challenges of the healthcare industry.
MediSend International was founded in 1990 by Dr. Martin Lazar and Dame Jane Goodall, with the humanitarian mission of shipping medical supplies and surgical instruments, Containers of Hope, to developing country hospitals and clinics.
In 2004, the current President & CEO, Nick Hallack, came to the helm of the organization with the goal of restructuring the organization and implementing corporate methods to improve the efficiency of medical aid services delivered in long-term medical aid programs, and disaster-emergency medical relief campaigns. In 2005, in a “Community Investment” partnership with ExxonMobil Foundation, MediSend expanded its mission with a newly created medical equipment repair laboratory, and began shipping refurbished biomedical equipment to qualified hospitals in developing countries. Soon after a visit to Angola, Hallack discovered that much of the biomedical equipment that MediSend had shipped, equipment necessary to properly diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries, had gone 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 world-class technology training program that 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 headquarters for its new Global Education Center.
In 2006, MediSend and the ExxonMobil Foundation launched the newly conceived international training program: MediSend Biomedical Equipment Repair Training Program, and its first class of 12 professionally trained international technicians (International Student Program) from various African countries.
In 2007 MediSend designed and created a modern mobile laboratory to help its technicians test and repair medical equipment specific to their hospitals and clinics. The laboratory, MediSend Mobile Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kit, comprised of 4000 items of supplies, test and calibration equipment, was the largest such lab of its kind in the world. Information technology was also specifically tailored for hospital equipment maintenance programs to assess equipment performance.
In early 2008, in response to a national training program in Nigeria, additional courses in clinical chemistry and hematology instrumentation, as well as ancillary equipment repair for clinical laboratory, were added to the training curriculum.
In early 2011, Medisend’s BMET Certificate Program and curriculum were approved by the US BMET Board of Examiners and the United States Certification Commission (USCC (subsidiaries of AAMI).
From 2006 to 2013, MediSend trained and equipped more than 160 professional BMET technicians for work in hospitals and clinics in 23 countries worldwide, with the ability to install, repair and maintain, and properly use lifesaving biomedical equipment.
In 2013, under the leadership of General Richard B. Myers, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, MediSend launched a new domestic 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”
In 2016, the MediSend School was approved for Post 9/11 and Yellow Ribbon VA educational benefits by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
In April 2017, MediSend International relaunched the MediSend School as an independent educational subsidiary: the Medisend Biomedical Equipment Technology School, LLC. The new educational institution received a Certificate of Authority from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 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. The new Medisend School also received approval from the THECB to change its name to the Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology, LLC.
In September 2017, Medisend College graduated its first Associate Degree candidates, all of whom were employed by Medisend College industry partners SIEMENS, GE and Henry Schein, prior to graduate.
In October 2017, Medisend College signed partnership articulation agreement with American Military University to enable veterans to complete an accelerated Associate of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering Technology at Medisend College, and enhance their credentials once employed by then completing a bachelor’s degree in IT or technical management, fully-online at AMU.
In 2018, Medisend College forms strategic partnerships with industry leaders SIEMENS, GE, Henry Schein Dental and SODEXO to provide internships, workshops, seminars and supplemental industry training to enhance the learning experience and job opportunities.