Partners in Health is a charitable organization whose mission statement identifies two primary goals: “to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.” Founded in 1987 to support a health clinic in rural Haiti, PIH has served millions of impoverished patients throughout the world, and is a leader in global efforts to fight tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS. In addition to Haiti, PIH now has sites and initiatives in Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Peru and Mexico, among others. The largest concentration of PIH resources remains in Haiti, where the need for them was only exacerbated by the disastrous earthquake of 2010. The country’s largest teaching hospital was largely destroyed in the earthquake, which led to PIH’s scaling up of plans for a hospital in Mirebalais, a community in the central plateau approximately thirty miles north of Port-au-Prince. The new facility – Hopital Universitaire de Mirebalais – opened earlier this year, and will serve as a teaching hospital, employing as many as 800 Haitians, training the next generation of Haitian health professionals, and seeing as many as 500 patients daily. The hospital has 300 beds, 6 operating rooms, an emergency room, 24 labor and delivery rooms, ICUs and the only public sector CT scanner in Haiti. My wife and I attended the hospital’s opening ceremony in April of this year, and it was one of the most inspiring events we’ve ever witnessed. Poverty is everywhere in Haiti, with corrugated tin shacks stacked on top of each other along hillsides and ravines throughout Port-au-Prince, little electricity or other utilities, and far more people than the city can support. The drive out of the city and up into the mountains, on a twisting road that was only paved a few years ago, reveals even more desperate circumstances – infertile soil, no employment opportunities, and even less infrastructure. At the end of the trip, though, is a new hospital built and maintained on the belief that the world’s poorest people are entitled to the same high-quality of health care as everyone else. Regent Surgical Health’s surgery centers and physician partners were substantial contributors of both money and equipment for the hospital. The Surgery Center of Anchorage donated a sterilizer and sinks, which we shipped from Alaska to Florida for delivery to Haiti. Other facilities provided OR lights, electrosurgical generators, a variety of minor equipment, and medical supplies. Regent and others provided funds to assist in the delivery of these materials to the hospital. Our contribution to this effort made a real difference in ensuring the hospital could provide surgical services at a level consistent with its immunological and other services. PIH genuinely appreciated the contributions. I feel fortunate to be part of an organization willing and able to assist in this way and on behalf of Regent want to reiterate our deep appreciation to our surgery centers and physician partners for their crucial support in this effort. Our industry, with its thousands of health care professionals, access to equipment, and bargaining power with suppliers, is in a position to make available to the neediest people in the world resources that might otherwise be wasted. How much old but still useful equipment is destroyed when newer equipment is purchased? How many physicians and nurses are willing to assist in providing surgery in areas where the necessary expertise is lacking? We hope to engage an even broader network of surgery centers across the country, so that any time PIH gives us a wish list of needed equipment and services, the network can respond. If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact me.