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FOR RELEASE
March 24, 2005

Contact:
Jennifer Wylie Faines
Dymun +Company
412-281-2345
jfaines@dymun.com


Pittsburgh Adds New International Honor in Healthcare

Recognition is for Exemplary Partnership with Global Links for Medical Surplus Donations

 

Pittsburgh, PA, March 24, 2005 – Today the Pittsburgh region has added a new dimension to its status as a world-class healthcare center of excellence. Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, director of the World Health Organization’s Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) visited Pittsburgh to honor Pittsburgh-based Global Links and the region’s healthcare community for exemplary partnership in the recovery and donation of our region’s surplus medical supplies to developing countries in the Western Hemisphere . Pittsburgh based Acusis ®, a medical transcription service provider, and recently a major donor to Global Links, hosted the reception to applaud Global Links and to encourage more involvement in medical surplus donations among regional healthcare leaders.

“We are delighted and appreciative that the Pan American Health Organization has recognized not only our work in reclaiming and shipping materials, but that it is also honoring the Pittsburgh healthcare community – specifically the 17 hospitals and several companies in the region that donated 34.5 tons of medical surplus to us in 2004,? said Kathleen Hower, executive director, Global Links.

Since 1989, Global Links has channeled medical materials worth more than $110 million to more than 70 countries around the world, with a concentration in the Caribbean and Latin America . More than 100 local volunteers, from highly skilled medical professionals, to civic and youth groups help Global Links collect, sort, refurbish and ship virtually all types of medical materials ranging from sutures and bandages, to catheters for interventional cardiac surgery and mammography equipment. Because of stringent regulations and rapidly evolving technology, it is estimated that U.S. hospitals throw away over $200 million worth of unused medical supplies each year from hospital operating rooms alone, needlessly adding to landfills, pollution and the cost of healthcare.

�“Because of Global Links, the Pittsburgh region is emerging as a model internationally for the effective collection and distribution of surplus medical supplies, said Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, director of PAHO. “The enormity of the issue of need in developing countries is staggering and the vital impact of this region’s medical supply donations is evident in lives saved each and every day. As we approach World Health Day on April 7, it is important to understand how Pittsburgh and Global Links are directly contributing to improving the quality of life, particularly for women and children internationally, which is the focus for 2005.?

Hower notes that the recognition by PAHO is in part due to the care that Global Links takes to send only what recipients need to the most deprived areas of countries that include Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and other U.S. neighbors. Even with the best of intentions, inappropriate donations to hospitals in need can be more of a burden if the recipients must return, redirect or dispose of unusable materials.

Because of a recent $600,000 donation from Acusis and other recent contributions, Global Links eventually will be able to expand its warehouse and operations in the region. This expansion benefits both Pittsburgh companies and recipients in developing countries, notes Hower. With an expanded infrastructure, Global Links will have the potential to process more items from additional local sources and ship them, when and where they are most needed.

�“We believe that Pittsburgh, with Global Links, has the potential to move from doing a great job of reclaiming and distributing medical surplus to being an international leader that demonstrates how a healthcare community can work together at this purpose,? commented William Benter, chairman of Acusis. �“As business people we at Acusis believe that Global Links is especially worthy of our support because of the highly useful function it performs, and the tremendously efficient way it does it. All of these life-saving goods would very likely end up in a landfill outside of Pittsburgh were it not for the spirit of humanitarian service that inspires the Global Links team.?

�“Acusis is calling on our neighbors in the local healthcare community to unite in support of the reclamation of all medical surplus from our region through Global Links,? said David Iwinski Jr., chief executive officer, Acusis. �“Global Links is one of our region’s incredibly valuable assets. We believe that additional healthcare organizations in our community, including more hospitals, physician practice groups, pharmaceutical companies and medical equipment manufacturers, can join together with Acusis to help Global Links achieve its mission.?

 

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About Acusis�®

Acusis®, a leading provider of outsourced medical transcription services with Higher Standards SM, specializes in superior performance, integrity, and world class service. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Acusis delivers an integrated solution to hospitals, clinics and large physician practices. AcuSuite®, its web-based software application uses a secure method to manage the entire transcription process. Acusis delivers accurate reports within a tailored 24-hour or less turnaround. A global team of more than 600 highly trained Acusis associates provides an unparalleled Higher Standard of excellence and customer satisfaction at the most competitive prices, evidence of why you should expect more from your transcription service provider.

Additional Contact Information:

Acusis
Mr. Ray Dyer, VP Marketing
Phone: 412-209-1261
E-mail: ray.dyer@acusis.com

Global Links
Ms. Kathleen Hower, Executive Director
Phone: 412-361-3424
E-mail: khower@globallinks.org

About Global Links

Global Links is a not-for-profit organization that recovers surplus medical materials from U.S. hospitals and makes it available to hospitals that serve the poorest members of society in less developed countries. Since 1989, it has channeled medical materials worth more than $110 million to more than 70 countries around the world, with a concentration in the Caribbean and Latin America . For more information on Global Links, visit www.globallinks.org or call 412-361-3424.

About PAHO

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public health agency with 100 years of experience in working to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas . It serves as the specialized organization for health of the Inter-American System. It also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization and enjoys international recognition as part of the United Nations system.

About Acusis®

Acusis®, a leading provider of outsourced medical transcription services with Higher Standards SM, specializes in superior performance, integrity, and world class service. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Acusis delivers an integrated solution to hospitals, clinics and large physician practices. AcuSuite®, its web-based software application uses a secure method to manage the entire transcription process. Acusis delivers accurate reports within a tailored 24-hour or less turnaround. A global team of more than 600 highly trained Acusis associates provides an unparalleled Higher Standard of excellence and customer satisfaction at the most competitive prices, evidence of why you should expect more from your transcription service provider.

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