One World Surgery (OWS) runs a surgery center in Honduras that provides safe and free surgical care to an underserved population. Since 2018, we’ve worked to help their center run more efficiently so that staff can focus on what matters most: patient care.
In 2019, we led multiple volunteer trips to Honduras bringing our supply chain and perioperative expertise to OWS Holy Family Surgery Center. Our team implemented a novel inventory tracking solution for the surgery center that has transformed the way purchased and donated perioperative supplies are organized, inventoried and found. Our solution enables surgery center staff to properly itemize and account for each instrument or piece of equipment, which can minimize redundancies and overages.
We also removed five truckloads of excess or expired supplies; expired supplies were disposed of and excess supplies were redistributed to neighboring facilities. Collectively, these actions helped the surgery center reclaim over 1,000 square feet of space, increase OR efficiency from set-up to turn-over and manage their donations more effectively.
We’ve also committed $250,000 to help OWS build a new surgery center in the Dominican Republic. The center will offer surrounding communities much-needed surgeries in orthopedics; general surgery; ear, nose and throat; gynecology; spine; ophthalmology and urology. Once fully operational, OWS will be able to perform 3,000 surgeries annually between its two centers.