Hill-Rom's Hospital Beds for Humanity® program, now in its fifth year, is the centerpiece of our corporate social responsibility initiatives. Hill-Rom employees in United States, Europe and Asia/Pacific volunteer to recondition medical equipment for hospitals and other health care facilities which have urgent need for Hill-Rom's products. Although the name focuses on hospital beds, the program has been expanded to include products from nearly every product line at Hill-Rom.
Volunteerism is at the heart of the Hospital Beds for Humanity program. In 2013 more the 250 employees gathered each month to recondition Hill-Rom products; more than 2,300 products in all were delivered to 15 countries in Central and South America, Africa, Asia, and the U.S.
The program begins with the inspection and reconditioning of the used beds and medical equipment. This work is accomplished in Hill-Rom's various manufacturing facilities by teams of employee volunteers who are trained on the various steps required to recondition the equipment.
Once the beds and equipment have completed the reconditioning process, they are tested to ensure proper functionality and are ready-for-donation. Volunteers are also involved in the delivery and installation of the beds and equipment in disadvantaged facilities throughout the world.
Hill-Rom partners with Project C.U.R.E. to determine where the beds and equipment may be most needed. Project C.U.R.E. is a not-for-profit organization that specializes in performing objective assessments and providing logistics to match medical equipment and supplies with organizations in need worldwide. Hill-Rom also partners with MedShare and Matthew 25: Ministries, each of which is dedicated to improving health care by collecting surplus medical supplies and equipment and redistributing it to qualified facilities in need.
The Hospital Beds for Humanity program is an example of how Hill-Rom is dedicated to business practices that are environmentally sound. We work to find innovative solutions to reduce use of materials throughout our operations. We are committed to the responsible management, use and disposal of chemicals used in the manufacture of our products. Through trade-in or buy back, many of our products are reconditioned and returned to the market or the materials recycled to reclaim metals, plastics and electronic components. In addition to our recycling efforts, we pursue environmentally sound facilities management practices.
The Hospital Beds for Humanity program launched at Hill-Rom's headquarters and manufacturing site in Batesville, Indiana and has been expanded with projects underway at its manufacturing sites around the world. Since the program’s formation in 2008, more than 1,700 hospital beds and 4,000 other pieces of medical equipment have been reconditioned and distributed to health care facilities in more than 35 countries worldwide.
These are just a few examples of how Hill-Rom is making positive contributions and working for a better outcome each and every day in our global communities.