Company’s Contributions to Partners In Health for Haiti Now Total
MANSFIELD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 11, 2012--
Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products,
today announced an additional $1 million in-kind contribution to
non-profit Partners In Health (PIH) to provide medical supplies for a
new, state-of-the-art hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti, that is scheduled
to open this year.
Covidien and its employees previously donated more than $2.5 million in
cash to PIH following the January 2010 earthquake that ravaged Haiti,
killing more than 200,000 people and destroying most of the island
nation’s healthcare infrastructure. This initial Covidien donation
helped fund construction of Mirebalais’ new public hospital and medical
“As reports about the devastating earthquake in Haiti started to spread
around the world, Covidien employees mobilized to help those in need. In
the quake’s immediate aftermath, Covidien donated truckloads of products
to help the injured, but we also wanted to make a long-term impact
through our grant to fund construction of a new public hospital,” said
José E. Almeida, President and Chief Executive Officer.
In addition to the human suffering, the 2010 earthquake devastated an
already weak health system in Haiti. The majority of health facilities
in and around its capital city of Port-au-Prince – including Haiti’s
only public teaching hospital and nursing school – were badly damaged or
destroyed. And many of the country’s young medical and nursing students
tragically lost their lives.
Mirebalais Hospital will be the largest public teaching hospital in
Haiti outside the capital and will offer services unavailable anywhere
else in the country. At a time when Haiti desperately needs skilled
medical professionals, Mirebalais Hospital also will provide
high-quality education for the next generation of Haitian nurses,
medical students and physicians.
The cumulative $3.5 million donation to PIH, a Boston-based
international medical organization, is the largest gift ever awarded to
any single project by the Covidien Partnership for Neighborhood
Wellness, a philanthropic program created by Covidien to help improve
access to quality, affordable healthcare around the world.
"Thanks to Covidien's support, Partners In Health and the Haitian
Ministry of Health and Population are nearing completion of a
first-class 320-bed teaching hospital in the middle of rural Haiti,”
said Dr. Paul Farmer, PIH co-founder. “We're especially grateful that,
in addition to helping us get the hospital up and running, Covidien has
offered to provide key medical supplies for years to come. It's
long-term partnerships like this that can help Haiti build back better."
“Mirebalais Hospital will save the lives of many, and improve the health
and well-being of many more. We are very proud to support the efforts of
Partners In Health to bring modern medicine to those who are in great
need,” added Almeida.
Covidien is a leading global healthcare products company that creates
innovative medical solutions for better patient outcomes and delivers
value through clinical leadership and excellence. Covidien manufactures,
distributes and services a diverse range of industry-leading product
lines in three segments: Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals and Medical
Supplies. With 2011 revenue of $11.6 billion, Covidien has 41,000
employees worldwide in more than 65 countries, and its products are sold
in over 140 countries. Please visit www.covidien.com
to learn more about our business.
Eric Kraus, 508-261-8305
Senior Vice President
Lannum, CFA, 508-452-4343