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Nurse Gives Second Life to Discarded Medical Supplies
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
One person's trash is another person's treasure, or so the saying goes. And health systems in this country generate a vast amount of trash—a great deal of which looks like treasure to staff at needy medical centers and clinics in underdeveloped countries. Elizabeth McLellan, an administrator at Maine Medical Center in Portland, collects these unused supplies and distributes them to impoverished towns and villages in countries across Africa and South East Asia. [Read More]
 
December 1, 2009
 
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