Mountain State University is donating four ultrasound machines through a Massachusetts-based charitable foundation to benefit people in Third World countries.
The donation of four Philips HDI 3000 Ultrasound machines is being coordinated through MSU's Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program and the university's Purchasing Department. The refurbished machines cost $23,600 each when purchased in January 2006. They are being replaced at MSU with reconditioned GE Logiq 5 Colorflow Ultrasound consoles.
"Rather than see these machines get buried in a landfill, we found an organization that can use the ultrasounds to assist doctors and health care workers wherever they might be needed," said Director of Purchasing Scott Mangum. "It's just our way of trying to give back."
Robert Lilly, director of the DMS program, said recycling is well worth the effort. "We strive to be good stewards of all our available resources," Lilly said. "It's part of our organizational culture. We can save money by purchasing reconditioned machines that still provide state-of-the-art learning opportunities for our students, and then pass that equipment along over time to others."
A team from the American Medical Resources Foundation of Brockton, Mass., will be in Beckley to pick up the machines today.
"Your generosity will support our mission of providing functional medical equipment, medical supplies, technical assessments and biomedical technician training to hospitals, clinics and health care in general in developing countries," wrote Victor Solo, AMRF president and CEO, in a recent letter to Mangum. "We are grateful for your contribution; thank you for making a difference."
Solo said an AMRF-supported project in Mexico that requested mammography units is the most likely destination for the MSU-donated machines. Other potential destinations include Guatemala and Somalia.
Ultrasound machines have a variety of uses. In addition to obstetrics and gynecological studies, they can be used to perform noninvasive cardiac, echo and vascular testing. The AMRF is a nonprofit organization that spends 99 cents of every donated dollar on humanitarian programs.