Scottsdale Sister Cities receives grant from Bound Tree Medical

BoundTree executive Russ Eskew presents Scottsdale Sister Cities Peter Ole-Sabay and SSCA president Kathy George with equipment that will augment their nurses’ training program in Kenya. (submitted photo)

BoundTree executive Russ Eskew presents Scottsdale Sister Cities Peter Ole-Sabay and SSCA president Kathy George with equipment that will augment their nurses’ training program in Kenya. (submitted photo)

Scottsdale Sister Cities Association has received a grant of 150 blood pressure cuffs and 75 stethoscopes from Bound Tree Medical, an Ohio-based specialty distributor of emergency medical equipment with an office in Gilbert.

The equipment will be given to nurses attending the “train the trainer” instruction that will be provided by three Scottsdale nurses to primary-care nurses in Uasin Gishu, Kenya.

The training program, which will focus on basic life support, CPR, and other elementary needs, is a collaboration between Scottsdale Sister Cities and the Uasin Gishu County Government, according to a press release.

“We in Scottsdale Sister Cities are pleased to support the kind of training that has a multiplier effect,” stated Peter Ole-Sabay, who heads SSCA’s Uasin Gishu Committee, in the release. “This grant from Bound Tree is the icing on the cake, as far as we’re concerned. Things we take for granted here are precious in Uasin Gishu, and this equipment fits that description. It will be put to very good use.”

Nurses certified by the program will then be able to spread their enhanced skills to other nurses in Kenya, where post-graduate nursing education is unavailable.

“When we heard what SSCA was doing in Kenya, we decided that our equipment would be a great addition to their program,” stated Russ Eskew, Bound Tree account manager for Arizona, in the release. “While we’d made numerous equipment grants here in the U.S., this was our first to Africa.  The decision to grant was made so much easier by our confidence in how the equipment would be introduced and used in Kenya.”

Scottsdale Sister Cities, which was inducted into the Scottsdale History Hall of Fame on May 12, is a non-profit citizens diplomacy network with relationships to eight cities around the world – Alamos, Mexico; Haikou, China; Marrakech, Morocco; Killarney, Ireland; Interlaken, Switzerland; Cairns, Australia, Kingston, Canada and Uasin Gishu, Kenya.

For more information, go to www.scottsdalesistercities.com or e-mail info@scottsdalesistercities.com.

Bound Tree Medical is a distributor of emergency medical equipment, supplies, pharmaceuticals and product expertise for fire departments, military, government institutions and other emergency medical services organizations that provide pre-hospital, emergency care. Founded in 1978, Bound Tree is now a division of Sarnova, Inc., a specialty provider of healthcare products for emergency care.  The company is based in Dublin, Ohio.

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