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Medical Supplies Network, Inc.
 
Organization History

Tulsa, Oklahoma businessman, Jack Maxwell, discovered the needs of developing countries when he began recruiting physical therapists from around the world. In his travels, he discovered that the medical equipment being used in these developing countries was severely outdated. He also met doctors and nurses who were frustrated because they did not have the means at their disposal to provide the kind of care they knew the patients needed.

Due to advancing technology, most facilities in the United States are continually upgrading their equipment. Therefore, surplus medical equipment with still many years of operating life become available for developing countries rather than sitting idle in warehouses. What is second hand surplus in the United States is state-of-the-art equipment to the healing needs of the former Soviet Republic States, Central and South America, Mexico, South Africa and countless other countries.

Committed to the ideals of service, Jack founded a project in 1993 within the “World Community Service” Committee of the Rotary Club of Tulsa. Soon Rotarians throughout District 6110 supported this project. This District has 5,000 Rotarians in 80 clubs from the four corners of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas. The Medical Supplies Network was incorporated and received its 501-c-3 non-profit status. Two warehouses were purchased, and a Board of Directors made up of 14 Rotarians from District 6110 now directs the operations of M.S.N.I.

Rotarians throughout District 6110 utilize their network to locate medical equipment and disposable supplies. These donations are packaged, inventoried, weighed and shipped to developing countries free of charge.

With generous donations of materials, money, volunteer time and transportation, thousands of lives are being saved by the efforts of M.S.N.I. Seventy-three containers have been shipped to 37 different countries as of 2009.

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