RESCUE: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
The US Healthcare system discards >7000 tons of usable medical supplies every year. Since 2008, AFYA has rescued over $26MM worth of these supplies from landfills and given them a second life around the world.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is committed to reducing its environmental impacts while serving as stewards to create a healthy environment for our patients, staff, and community.
It is in this spirit that MSKCC partners with the AFYA Foundation to rescue medical and surgical supplies that can no longer be used within the Center. Several staff members across MSKCC sites, including RNs, Logistics Associates, and Sustainability Managers, are committed to implementing this important “greening” initiative.
“We understand we are members of a larger community and we are committed to doing our part to reduce the institution’s environmental impact,”
says Cynthia McCollum, Sr. VP, Hospital Operations, Hospital Administration and a member of AFYA’s Board of Directors. MSKCC’s commitment to working with the Afya Foundation underscores its dedication to sustainable environmental practices (and global altruism)!
MSKCC has donated over 150 tons of material to Afya since 2013! That’s a huge amount of supplies improving global health instead of filling landfills. It’s a win-win!
And MSKCC isn’t alone in supporting Afya’s mission. Many other New York area hospitals and hospital systems donate usable medical supplies to support ongoing health initiatives in 56 countries around the world.
Thank you to MSKCC for its commitment to sustainability and for partnering with Afya in the ongoing RESCUE of surplus medical equipment.