Medtronic and Operation Smile Partner to Increase Surgical Capacity
Medtronic and Operation Smile agree that access to safe surgery is an essential component of universal healthcare and a basic human right. With over 2 billion people lacking access to basic surgical services worldwide, and less than 4 percent of all operations being delivered to the world’s poorest populations, Medtronic and Operation Smile recognize the imbalance in access to healthcare. They have partnered together with the common goal of increasing access to safe surgery in resource limited environments.
For the past two decades, Operation Smile has shared a long-standing partnership with Covidien, which is now part of Medtronic. Medtronic supports Operation Smile’s mission to provide surgical treatment to children and adults suffering from cleft lip and cleft palate.
Moving into the future, Operation Smile continues to expand its programmatic scope to address the surgical needs of the most marginalized people in the world. Likewise, Medtronic and Medtronic Philanthropy share the same commitment to improve access to high-quality healthcare for the underserved.
“Improving access is core to our business and to the well-being of the communities we serve,” said Jacob Gayle, Executive Director of Medtronic Philanthropy.
With this common vision of improving health outcomes for all, it is no surprise that Medtronic has committed to continue the legacy that began in 1992 when Covidien began partnering with Operation Smile. Together, Covidien and Medtronic have provided over $650,000 in financial support and $1.6 million in product donations, solidifying the Company’s commitment to safe surgery. Additionally, the Company has supported Operation Smile’s Cleft Care Conference in the United States and has funded anesthesia trainings conducted in Brazil and China to develop the skills of healthcare personnel.
“Operation Smile’s continuing global partnership with Medtronic has helped change the lives of children and adults around the globe,” said Rich Berlin, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Operation Smile. “Medtronic’s unique line of products are used on every Operation Smile medical mission in the operating rooms and surrounding medical care facilities. This heartfelt philanthropy from Medtronic helps allow Operation Smile to carry out its continuing mission.”
Building on the legacy established by Covidien, Medtronic continues to provide products essential for the delivery of safe surgery. The partnership has expanded to countries outside of the United States including Thailand, Australia, Brazil, China and Ireland. In October, Medtronic’s Minimally Invasive Therapies Group donated two bedside SpO2 patient monitors for Operation Smile in Thailand.
“The donation of these monitors has an enormous impact on our ability to provide patients with safe surgery,” said Dr. Bill Magee, Co-Founder and CEO of Operation Smile. “With the recent introduction of a World Health Organization Resolution recognizing the importance of Surgical Care, these medical missions are more important than ever in reshaping health systems worldwide, driving surgical and healthcare capacity and ensuring that every person has access to the surgical care they need when they need it.”