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ORBIS FLYING EYE HOSPITAL
At Burlington International Airport on August 30 and 31, 2011
St. Johnsbury, Vermont – August 8, 2011 Mobile Medical International Corporation (MMIC) andORBIS International are pleased to announce that the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital will be landing inBurlington, Vermont for two days later this month. The Flying Eye Hospital, a state-of-the-art surgicaland training facility housed inside of a DC-10 aircraft, will be on display at the Heritage Aviation facilityat Burlington International Airport on Tuesday, August 30 and Wednesday, August 31. Visitors willhave the opportunity to tour the aircraft, meet the volunteer pilots, crew and doctors, talk with the teamwho works aboard the aircraft, and learn about the next-generation MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital beingdesigned and manufactured by MMIC in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Space is limited and tour preregistrationis required at www.orbis.org/BTV.
“MMIC is thrilled to bring an event of this magnitude to Vermont,” said MMIC President and CEO RickCochran. “We are incredibly proud to have been chosen by ORBIS to build their third-generation FlyingEye Hospital right here in St. Johnsbury. It is our great honor to help ORBIS continue to treat and cureblindness, and provide access to medical education in developing countries around the world.” Thanksto the support received from U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, former Governor Jim Douglas, former Lt.Governor Brian Dubie and others, MMIC was awarded a multi-year contract by ORBIS in December,2010 to design and manufacture the next-generation Flying Eye Hospital. Work on the complex interioraircraft modules is underway, with an anticipated completion date in late 2012.
The ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital visit is also being coordinated by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce’sAerospace and Aviation Association (VAAA), in conjunction with VAAA’s quarterly meeting. VAAAHonorary Chair Senator Patrick Leahy and VAAA Chair Brian Dubie will be on hand for the MMICsponsoredevent at the Heritage Aviation facility on Tuesday, August 30 from 3:00-5:30 p.m. ORBISDirector of Aviation and Flying Eye Hospital Project Manager Jack McHale will also speak at the event.
The public is invited to join in welcoming ORBIS to Vermont and learn about their programs that aremaking a huge difference around the world. MMIC’s Mobile Surgery Unit™ (MSU ™) will also be ondisplay. The MSU’s advanced technology and systems integration provides equivalency of care that isunsurpassed in mobile healthcare facilities. For more information please contact Mary Jane Miller:firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-748-2322 or contact the Vermont Chamber: Chris Carrigan,email@example.com, 802-223-0904, or June Dobbins, firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-585-5747.
Rick Cochran founded Mobile Medical International Corporation in 1994 with the vision of bringingadvanced medical care to underserved areas throughout the world. Today, MMIC ‘s commercialproduct line offers U.S. healthcare code-compliant Mobile Surgery Units and other healthcare deliveryfacilities that provide on-site solutions to meet domestic and international humanitarian, military, anddisaster readiness needs. Mr. Cochran was selected as the 2011 SBA National and Vermont Person ofthe Year. For more information on MMIC, please visit www.mmicglobal.com
ORBIS is a global non-profit organization dedicated to saving sight and eliminating avoidable blindnessworldwide. Since its founding and first mission in Panama in 1982, ORBIS has carried out programs in88 countries to provide medical training, tools and technology for local partners to address the tragedyof avoidable blindness in their communities. The Flying Eye Hospital‘s 2011 missions include Syria,Laos, Nigeria, Mongolia, Guatemala and Peru. ORBIS has an active pool of roughly 500 volunteerfaculty members who provide clinical and technical expertise at local hospitals as well as onboard itsFlying Eye Hospital. ORBIS uses volunteer pilots from FedEx and United Airlines to transport theFlying Eye Hospital from one destination to the next. As a result of ORBIS’ support, more than 15million individuals have received medical care and more than a quarter of a million eye careprofessionals have been trained. ORBIS relies on financial and gift-in-kind donations from individuals,corporations and foundations to help fund its urgently needed sight-saving programs. Other stops onthe 2011 ORBIS Goodwill Tour include Los Angeles, Ft. Worth, Memphis, Toronto, Ottowa andSingapore. For more information on ORBIS, please visit www.orbis.org.
The VAAA is managed by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. The Association was established in aneffort to promote growth and job creation in Vermont’s aerospace, aviation, and related industries. TheAssociation hosts quarterly meetings at aviation facilities around Vermont to provide important updatesin aviation and aerospace, and networking opportunities for over 270 manufacturers and supply chainpartners. For more information on VAAA please visit www.Vtchamber.com/business/vaaa.
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