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Harris Teeter, Chiquita Team With Carolinas HealthCare On Aid Project

Harris Teeter, Chiquita partner with Carolinas HealthCare

Much-needed medical supplies and equipment are on the way to a Guatemala hospital, thanks to a partnership involving Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc., Chiquita Brands International Inc. and Carolinas HealthCare System.

The Charlotte Business Journal reports that Carolinas HealthCare’s International Medical Outreach program—a partnership with the Heineman Foundation of Charlotte—has refurbished and repaired nearly 13,000 pounds of medical equipment.

Harris Teeter will truck those supplies to Delaware, where Chiquita will then transport the containers of medical equipment via sea to Central America.

“It will be rewarding to see it make an impact,” Theresa Johnson, coordinator of the international medical outreach program, told the Journal. “It’s an honor to let us come in and help.”

The international outreach program promotes healthcare and education in underserved communities.

The donation will be used in adult and pediatric units in a western Guatemala hospital. The equipment includes beds, stretchers, infusion pumps and testing equipment.

The equipment would cost about $1.2 million if purchased new, Carolinas HealthCare says.

Last year, the international medical-outreach program donated more than 390 pieces of medical equipment in 12 countries. That equipment would be worth $4.1 million if purchased new, Carolinas HealthCare says.

For Chiquita, the partnership is a perfect fit, according to the Journal. It allows the Charlotte-based company to contribute to communities in Central America, Manuel Rodriguez, SVP of government affairs and chief corporate responsibility officer, told the Journal.

“Improving lives and supporting the communities where we operate is important to our company,” Rodriguez said.

Matthews-based Harris Teeter also has a long-standing commitment to support and help address needs in the communities where it operates, spokeswoman Danna Jones told the Journal.

“This gives us the opportunity to the opportunity to take that commitment abroad,” she said “It’s heartwarming.”

In the featured photo at top: Crews in Charlotte loaded medical equipment this week for shipment to a hospital in Guatemala. (Photo by Jennifer Thomas, Charlotte Business Journal)



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