In 1996 several Duke medical students began collecting usable surplus from Duke Hospital to donate to various charities doing overseas work. In 2004, interested staff, students and administrators reviewed the safety, compliance and liability issues associated with this effort and the Health Center approved a more formal process for handling surplus supplies. At that time the program adopted the name “REMEDY at Duke”, using the REMEDY model developed at Yale University currently in use at many hospitals throughout the United States.

In 2006, the entire surplus program at Duke was redesigned so that the University and Health System could manage its resources more effectively, lower operational costs, better support local and global communities, and enhance efforts to create a more sustainable environment. REMEDY at Duke is one component of this effort and partners with the Duke Global Health Institute, which also coordinates the donation of surplus medical equipment (machines, monitors, etc) through its “Duke PLUS” program.

REMEDY at Duke is an all-volunteer program run by Duke staff and students who have an interest in global health, environmental sustainability and community service.  While REMEDY is not administered by the Duke Health System, it works closely with the offices of Procurement Services, Materials Management, Sterile Processing, Perioperative Services, and Volunteer Services to promote its mission.

REMEDY collaborates with the Duke University Global Health Institute (GHI), the Medical School’s Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health (HYC) and the Nursing School’s Office of Global and Community Inititiatives (OGACHI).

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