For the past 15 years, Medical Teams International and Providence have partnered together with the same goal: to keep surplus out of landfills and improve the quality of life for marginalized populations. In 2022, the partnership deepened when Providence closed its MSRO facility in Washington state and selected Medical Teams International as the organization to come alongside and cover the sorting, storing, and distributing of donated supply coming from their network of hospitals.

Providence continues to collect surplus medical supplies at its various locations and now sends them through Medline’s backhauling operation. Once at Medline, Medical Teams International picks up the surplus donations, transports them to its headquarters in Oregon to be sorted and stored, and then donates the supplies around the world to communities in need. Additionally, these donations are used to fill supply requests by Providence caregivers traveling on mission trips or aid non-profits that serve vulnerable populations both locally and globally.

Requesting donations

  • Fill out this application for your supply donation request. Once submitted, the form will be reviewed and evaluated to see if the supply needs can be met.
  • Give us at least a month prior to your supplies needed by date (preferably longer) to collect the supplies. The longer we have, the more likely we can fill your needs.
  • We cannot send or accept medications. If those are needed, you can reach out to the following organizations:

Collecting and sending donations

How the process works

  • Identify a visible location on each floor for a “Donation Bin” (do not store in soiled utility area)
  • Nurses or environmental services collect unused medical supplies from various areas and place in donation bins
  • When box is full, give to staff member in Supply Chain
  • Supply Chain will empty supplies into boxes and prepare items to be picked up by Medline or Medical Teams

What you need to know (and do)

  1. Check our hospital or clinic-accepted donation list and note the supplies and equipment that cannot be donated (in red).
  2. Review our donation guidelines and ensure your donations are compliant with our policies.
  3. If you are in charge of shipping, make sure you know how to pack a pallet. It is required that you include a bill of lading on all pallets. This will help ensure that pallets are correctly documented for reporting and that each location receives community benefit credit for reducing waste.

If an item is not listed or you have additional questions, please contact:

The Medical Surplus Team
[email protected]