One of the issues that face the U.S. healthcare system is a shortage of qualified clinicians. Shearwater Health has focused on this challenge by utilizing clinical talent from around the world to expand the size and impact of U.S. healthcare organizations. Our work in international environments has led us to appreciate the rich cultures that produce this talent and understand that healthcare challenges abroad can be quite different than here. These factors helped inspire our mission to improve healthcare outcomes globally, not just for the U.S. healthcare system.
A specific challenge we’ve found in many of the countries we’ve gotten to know is a shortage of medical equipment. The U.S. has a comparative abundance of medical equipment and supplies. This presents an opportunity to serve under-resourced nations with excellent equipment and unused supplies not needed here in the U.S.
It turns out that an organization in our very own hometown of Nashville, TN exists to seize the opportunity to extend our abundance of medical equipment and supplies with healthcare facilities in under-resourced countries. Project C.U.R.E. delivers life-saving medical equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics throughout the under-resourced world. Many of the countries that Project C.U.R.E. has delivered to – the Philippines, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, and Zimbabwe – are the home countries of Shearwater Nurses who now work for U.S. healthcare organizations.
That’s why volunteering with Project C.U.R.E. was exciting for our employees in our corporate headquarters: their outstanding service matches the mission of our company.
The organization partners with clinics and hospitals. They send someone to conduct an on-site visit and conduct a needs assessment. Then, back in Nashville, volunteers inspect and organize all the donated supplies to determine what will be sent. Every few weeks a container full of the requested medical supplies and equipment is shipped.
On Friday, August 16th, the Shearwater team volunteered at the Project C.U.R.E. facility in Nashville. We sorted supplies, organized equipment, and prepared the next container to go out with thousands of supplies for people in need.
Shearwater believes that promoting healthcare globally has a ripple effect and requires a mix of for-profit and non-profit efforts to make outstanding healthcare available to all. We are grateful to work with other organizations like Project C.U.R.E to promote healthcare in countries that don’t have the same resources as we do in the U.S.
If you’d like to learn how to volunteer or donate to Project C.U.R.E. visit their website here.