Giving to Developing Countries


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Have you ever wondered how cosmetic plastic surgery in Virginia Beach can benefit patients in developing countries? Dr. Hubbard has teamed up with a variety of charitable organizations to help bring medical aid and plastic surgery services to those in need. To do this, he donates a portion of surgical fees to hospitals and clinics in developing countries for instruments and equipment.

To find out more information about Dr. Hubbard's philanthropic efforts, contact our office by calling (757) 687-1900 today.

Matching Instruments with Surgeons International (MISI)

After operating in many ill-equipped hospitals throughout the world, Dr. Hubbard realized the overwhelming need for basic instruments in the operating rooms. He wanted to do more than operate for 2 weeks and leave; he wanted to make a lasting contribution that would benefit thousands of patients. The best way to do this was to provide the instruments and equipment to the health care workers in developing countries who had the skills but not the resources they needed. Instruments can be used over and over for years.

Rather than asking people to donate, Dr. Hubbard decided to take a portion of his surgeon's fee and contribute in the name of each patient. This also provides patients with a tax-deductible receipt. The patient's contribution is used to purchase instruments that are then shipped overseas. This is done primarily through World Medical Mission, MedShare International and other organizations that arrange delivery directly to the and hospitals and clinics in developing countries.

At times, Dr. Hubbard will purchase surgical instruments directly for surgeons that he is professionally acquainted with. These relationships led to donations to Haiti before and after the earthquake and to Kenya. Dr. Hubbard worked with Dr. Bill Fryda several months in East Africa. Dr. Fryda has had incredible success bringing modern healthcare to Nairobi and surrounding areas. He started 2 hospitals for the poor: St. Mary's Hospitals in Nairobi and Lake Elementita. In a similar fashion through professional organization contacts, surgical equipment and supplies have been sent to King Faisal Hospital in Kigali Rwanda. This is how your plastic surgery helps thousands in need with such basic equipment that we take for granted in our modern medical system. Please look at our donations web page to see how powerful these small contributions can be. Unlike many non-profit organizations, MISI has no administrative costs. Dr. Hubbard actually writes the checks himself to ensure that all donations go directly for surgical instruments and supplies.

Medical Supply Rescue and Recycle (MSRR) Origin

During his visits to third world hospitals, Dr. Hubbard first saw a need for supplies as basic as clean gloves. In many cases, third world countries have well trained medical professionals ready to help the needs of their sick and injured countrymen but cannot due to a lack of surgical supplies. At the same time in our comparatively wealthy American medical system, the rapid advance of surgical techniques and continual pressure for state-of-the-art procedures results in the persistent disposal of tons of valuable surgical supplies into landfills.

"Rescuing" these surgical supplies on their way to disposal is a very logical solution for some of the needs of developing countries around the world. In 1994, Dr. Hubbard and a nurse anesthetist, Terri Cole, began the non-profit corporation Medical Supply Rescue and Recycle (MSRR) that now has 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

In 1994, volunteers began meeting on a monthly basis to sort through surgical supplies collected from Virginia Beach hospitals and offices and box them for overseas transport. These supplies include gauze, tape, syringes, suction tubing, gloves, suture, catheters, drapes, and many other valuable items. As one suture (thread and attached needle used in surgery) can cost $8 or more it's easy to see the value in collecting hundreds of these for hospitals around the world that are forced to try to make their own. After 10 years of collecting and sending supplies, American hospitals began seeing the value of these discarded materials and started recycling programs thus leaving less and less to collect for overseas. MSRR then transitioned to purchasing instruments for surgeons in developing countries.

Hubbard Plastic Surgery Helps Haiti

When the earthquake struck Haiti at 4:53 p.m. January 12, 2010, your donation was already at work. For years, Hubbard Plastic Surgery has donated a percentage of surgery fees to purchase equipment for doctors in impoverished countries. Before the earthquake, new, stainless-steel surgical instruments valued at $16,600 were sent to surgeons in Haiti. Within a few days of the earthquake, another $6,000 was donated through Operation Smile and World Medical Mission to purchase surgical instruments that the doctors so desperately needed during the crisis. An additional $5,000 was donated in 2011, and another $5,000 in medical equipment was sent in 2015.

Dr. Hubbard's non-profit organization, MISI, has raised funds simply from taking a portion of his surgeon's fee to purchase and donate medical instruments which can be used over and over for years to come. In times of catastrophe, there is some comfort knowing that we can all make a difference in some way. At Hubbard Plastic Surgery, we would like to thank our patients for participating in this program with us. We encourage you to send further contributions through The American Red Cross, Operation Smile or Physicians for Peace. Together, let's continue to help the doctors in Haiti by giving them the tools they need.

Thank you for your support,

Thomas J. Hubbard, M.D., F.A.C.S.

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