Waterbury Hospital Donates Ultrasound Machines and Other
Medical Equipment to Help Third World Hospitals
WATERBURY – Waterbury
Hospital has donated two ultrasound machines and other
hospital equipment valued at more than $200,000 to help
bring medical relief to overburdened hospitals in
developing countries such as Guatemala, the Dominican
Republic and earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
The equipment, some of which is
more than 20 years old and has been replaced at
Waterbury Hospital with more modern technology, will
prove to be highly useful and beneficial to the
hospitals which will be receiving it, said Jean Assobmo,
a biomedical engineer for the American Medical Resources
Foundation, the Massachusetts-based organization which
accepted the donated equipment from Waterbury Hospital
“We are very grateful to Waterbury
Hospital for making this donation possible,” he said.
Assobmo said the equipment will be
part of a shipment being sent to hospitals in the
Dominican Republic and Guatemala next week. It’s also
possible the equipment could be sent to Haiti, which is
recovering from a devastating earthquake that has led to
an intense demand for medical relief.
Frank Vensel, the Director of
Clinical Engineering for Waterbury Hospital, said the
two donated ultrasound machines are highly functional
and efficient in treating a wide variety of health
issues, including heart problems and troubled
“We could not be more pleased that
these pieces of equipment will continue to be put to
good use,” Vensel said.
Mary Prybylo, RN, the Chief
Operating Officer at Waterbury Hospital, said the
donations reflect the hospital’s mission to serve and
treat people in medical distress, no matter where they
“This is a wonderful way to make a
difference in people’s lives,” she said.