Newberg, Ore., October 6, 2020 – Today, A-dec proudly joins Mercy Ships in announcing a first look at the construction of the world’s largest NGO hospital ship, which plans to sail to Africa in late 2021 under the name of Global Mercy.
Mercy Ships, a faith-based global organization powered by charitable donors and volunteers, has been providing world-class surgical care to those in need for more than 40 years, free of charge. A-dec, a family-owned, privately held dental equipment manufacturing company with headquarters in Newberg, Oregon, donated dental equipment for the Global Mercy’s on-ship dental clinic.
“It is exciting to see the ship being completed,” said Scott Parrish, president and CEO of A-dec. “We are honored to be a longtime partner of Mercy Ships and get to play a role in the important work that the Global Mercy will be doing for years to come around the world.”
“The Global Mercy will be a true modern marvel— a fully custom-built hospital ship with customized instruments, state-of-the-art technology and highly-trained talent of a modern hospital,” said Rosa Whitaker, president of Mercy Ships. “It also represents a unique call-to-action for anyone called to serve, and it presents the opportunity for people to use their skill set to positively impact global healthcare.”
Over 93 percent of the population of sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to safe and timely surgery.
As COVID-19 threatens the stability of already fragile healthcare systems globally, the need to provide basic life-saving care is greater than ever, especially in low-to-middle income countries. The Global Mercy will deliver a safe and clean environment to various African nations, providing help and resources from some of the most well-trained physicians in the world.
Over the vessel’s projected 50-year lifespan, it is estimated that more than 150,000 lives will be changed onboard through surgery alone.
In addition to donating dental equipment for use on hospital ships, A-dec is supporting Mercy Ships’ efforts to establish permanent and sustainable in-country health clinics and schools for the nations they serve. This includes dental clinics and schools that are training the next generation of dental professionals who will provide care and service to areas of the world that experience barriers to accessing dental care.
“For more than 55 years, A-dec has lived by the principle of prioritizing concern for people above all else, and we are motivated by solving problems so that we can help take care of communities around the world,” said Scott Parrish. “The progress we’re able to make towards the betterment of dentistry is strengthened when we partner with organizations like Mercy Ships, who are so committed to enhancing sustainable programs and training in medical, dental and vision healthcare.”
In addition to providing surgeries, the Global Mercy will be outfitted with state-of-the-art training spaces including a simulation lab with virtual and augmented reality, mannequins and other training tools and simulated post-op care space, which allow trainers to simulate local conditions and limitations in order to teach best practices in low-resource environments.
The 174-meter, 37,000-ton ship will have six operating rooms and house more than 600 volunteers from around the globe representing many disciplines including surgeons, maritime crew, cooks, teachers, electricians, the host staff and more. The ship will also feature a 682-seat auditorium, student academy, gymnasium, pool, café, shop and library – all of which have been designed to accommodate up to 950 crew onboard when docked in port.
The Global Mercy will join the current flagship Africa Mercy, more than doubling the impact of volunteers and services provided by the charity. For more information about Mercy Ships, updates on Global Mercy or how to volunteer or donate, please visit www.mercyships.org.
ABOUT A-DEC, INC.
A-dec is one of the largest privately-owned dental equipment manufacturers in the United States. We are recognized as a global leader in the dental space and are committed to our mission of providing a quality environment where people work together for the betterment of dentistry worldwide. A-dec has over 1,200 employees globally, with manufacturing facilities in Newberg, Oregon, Fenton, Missouri, and HangZhou, China. A-dec markets its manufactured dental products, including dental chairs, delivery systems, dental lights, dental furniture, and mechanical room air compressors, vacuums, and water control valves.
ABOUT MERCY SHIPS
Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services, capacity building, and sustainable development to those with little access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 55 developing countries, providing services valued at more than $1.7 billion and directly benefitting more than 2.8 million people. Our ships are crewed by volunteers from over 50 nations, with an average of over 2000 volunteers each year. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills. With 16 national offices and an Africa Bureau, Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time. For more information, visit www.mercyships.org.