Northwestern Memorial Donates Clinical Equipment from Prentice Women's Hospital
From Chicago to Cameroon, West Africa, Northwestern Memorial is sending much-needed items like electric beds, wheelchairs and more to heath service organizations locally and abroad
The grand opening of the new Prentice Women's Hospital opens many doors that allow Northwestern Memorial Hospital to expand its focus on state-of-the-art care centered on the uniqueness of women. However most recently, it opened the door to a giving opportunity whereby thousands of pieces of hospital equipment and furnishings from the former site of the women’s hospital are being distributed to community health organizations in need. Many donated items will travel across town to groups like St. Anthony’s Hospital on Chicago’s West Side. However, other items will travel much farther as is the case with pieces going to Cameroon, West Africa where Chicago-based Fourth Presbyterian Church hopes to erect a new treatment facility for women and children with HIV/Aids in support of the church’s Cameroon America AIDS Alliance (CAAA).
“Without the donated items and the generosity of numerous supporters and volunteers, our mission would not have happened; it wouldn’t be possible,” said Francis Ntowe, a Cameroon native and active Fourth Presbyterian church member who has since relocated to the Chicago area serves as the Fourth Church Elder in charge of leading this Cameroon initiative.
CAAA received several pieces of equipment including infant incubators and over 25 inpatient hospital beds including those that are tailored for critical care and those suited for birthing—pieces of equipment if purchased new carry an estimated cost in excess of $100,000. Other recipient groups include: Near North Health Services Corp., Deborah’s Place, CommunityHealth, Erie Family Health Centers, Faith in Practice, Operation Walk and Lifeline for Serbia.
Launched summer 2007, the donation project identified groups in need of resources ranging from healthcare-related items like electric hospital beds, radiant warmers for seconds-old newborns, wheelchairs, laboratory pieces and more to office furnishings like desks, chairs and desktop computers. All available items have been committed to recipient groups and Northwestern Memorial expects to have completed this donation effort by mid-January 2008.