Chords for a Cause concert to support medical mission trips

September 09, 2010
WILMINGTON – A concert featuring the unique combination of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and the alternative rock band Sister Hazel will help support medical missions around the world. The concert on October 23 at Kenan Auditorium will benefit New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Mission Ready program. NHRMC Mission Ready collects medical supplies that can’t be used in the United States and makes them available in areas where such supplies are desperately needed. “We’re very excited to support this effort to help people around the world,” said Damian Brezinski, MD, founder of Chords for a Cause, a Wilmington Health non-profit group that uses music to bring people together to make a difference. “When we see how limited the medical resources are in places like Haiti and know there are lives that can be saved by getting supplies to them, we have to act.” The NHRMC Mission Ready program recovers medical and surgical supplies that would otherwise be disposed of because they have been opened or have passed their expiration date. These supplies, such as gloves, sutures, drapes, gowns and many other items, don’t meet the standards set for use in the US, but are enthusiastically welcomed in countries where they are far better than the medical supplies available there. By setting up a formal process for collecting, inventorying, and processing the supplies for distribution to qualified medical mission groups, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is supporting the work of the missions to help people in need while also eliminating waste. “At New Hanover Regional Medical Center, we are focused on using resources wisely to provide the best medical care we can to the most people,” said Jack Barto, NHRMC President and CEO. “We work hard to keep costs down and manage the supply process. But having some supplies become unusable in the US is inevitable. Through Mission Ready we can still put those materials to good use and help people while saving the money that would otherwise be spent disposing of the supplies.” Proceeds from the October 23 Chords for a Cause concert will go to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation and be used to cover the cost of storing and shipping supplies. “This is a great opportunity,” said Brezinski. “You can buy a ticket, see a great show and help someone in need in a different part of the world!” Tickets are $40 and are available through the Kenan Auditorium Box Office. Call 1.800.732.3643.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 4,500 jobs directly and another 3,000 jobs indirectly.