“With Yamada General Hospital functioning again, and offering health services that are critical to the well-being of the community, residents can take another step toward a return to their normal lives,” said Jacob A. Gayle, Ph.D., Vice President of Medtronic Foundation and Community Affairs. “We also hope that by strengthening a pillar of Yamada’s healthcare infrastructure, we are helping create a path to long-term healthcare access and excellence.”
Project HOPE, a global health education and humanitarian assistance organization, has worked with local officials in Yamada since last May to help organize reconstruction of its health system and reestablish health system services. The Project HOPE grant fulfills a $1 million Medtronic commitment made in March 2011 that includes product donations and foundation grants supporting immediate relief efforts, as well as the rebuilding of healthcare infrastructure. The Medtronic Foundation’s disaster relief program provides short- and long-term assistance to global disasters, with an emphasis on access to healthcare.
Details about the Medtronic Grant
The Medtronic grant will enable Project HOPE to restore health services at the Yamada General Hospital and create stability for long-term medical care such as:
- Rebuilding the physical structure to include mechanical, electrical and utilities integrated with the complete hospital structure.
- Coordinating construction activities with town government and health authorities.
- Reintegrating purchased or donated technology and imaging systems into the new construction spaces.
- Restoring emergency, outpatient and hospital services to Yamada’s beneficiary population.
- Halting the migration and stabilize Yamada’s pre-disaster health staffing to properly operate the new hospital’s health systems.
Three Project HOPE medical volunteers are currently assigned to the Kondo Clinic in Yamada to help train local health care professionals and family members to better care for the elderly. More than 40 Project HOPE volunteers have worked throughout the region since the disaster last year.
About Medtronic and Medtronic Foundation
Medtronic, Inc. (medtronic.com), headquartered in Minneapolis, is the global leader in medical technology – alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life for millions of people worldwide.
The Medtronic Foundation (medtronicfoundation.org) is committed to improving the lives of people around the world living with chronic disease. Its grant making is focused in three areas: health, education and community.
About Project HOPE
Founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health crises, with the mission of helping people to help themselves. Identifiable to many by the SS HOPE, the world’s first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now conducts land-based medical training and health education programs in 35 countries across five continents. www.projecthope.org