Support allows ORBIS’s next-generation
Flying Eye Hospital
- a surgical and teaching hospital with wings - to continue eliminating
avoidable blindness across the world
York, New York – November 6, 2013 - Alliance
Medical Gas Corporation, a nationwide service provider of engineering controls
and inspections of piped medical gas systems, has entered in a ten-year
partnership with ORBIS International, a nonprofit organization that works in
developing countries to eliminate avoidable blindness, to perform multiple
remote field verifications to include off load, set up, connections, start up,
verification and purity to ORBIS’s next-generation Flying Eye Hospital (FEH), a
ORBIS works in developing countries to bring quality eye
care to communities by building capacity with local partners to develop
infrastructure, trained staff and ultimately sustainable eye care services.
ORBIS utilizes their FEH to train local eye care professionals, host meetings
and exchange ideas with key stakeholders including government and public health
officials, aimed at encouraging the development of eye care facilities and
quality training programs. Currently, ORBIS is flying a DC-10, which upon
retirement will be replaced with the MD-10.
“We at Alliance Medical Gas Corporation
feel a deep connection with ORBIS International and enter this partnership
looking forward to making a difference in the world of avoidable blindness. It
is our distinct pleasure to offer ORBIS International our complete array of
services at no cost to their organization as a message of good will and to give
back to the community and to those that do not have during this time of year,” said
Chester Wojcik, President Alliance Medical Gas Corporation.
“ORBIS is extremely grateful and
fortunate that Alliance Medical Gas Corporation has chosen to enter a long-term
partnership with us,” said Carmela Raiti, Chief of Development, Americas.
“We immensely appreciate their support and generosity and very much look
forward to working together in the years to come as we continue our work to
eliminate avoidable blindness with the MD-10.”
Through this partnership, Alliance
Medical Gas Corporation will provide the support ORBIS needs to continue its
work to eliminate avoidable blindness when it launches its next-generation FEH.
The support includes remote maintenance inspections and preventative
maintenance functions scheduled to align with the aircraft maintenance program.
Alliance Medical Gas Corporation will coordinate and supply the training as
directed in the MD-10 FEH Medical Gas Service Operation Manual and Medical Gas Safety
Manual to adequately instruct the flight engineers on protocol, service and
operation and field trouble shooting.
on the Prevention and Impact of Blindness Worldwide:
to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are approximately 285 million
people who are visually impaired worldwide: 39 million who are blind and 246
million who have low vision.1
90 percent of the world's visually impaired live in developing countries.
uncorrected refractive errors are the main cause of visual impairment but in
middle and low income countries cataracts remain the leading cause of
- Up to 80 percent of blindness causes and visual impairment can be
avoided or cured with proper medical attention.1
Alliance Medical Gas Corporation
Alliance Medical Gas Corporation is a
nationwide service provider of Engineering Controls and Inspections of Piped
Medical Gas systems. Our services include Annual Inspections and Evaluations,
Post Construction Medical Gas Verifications, Scheduled Preventative Maintenance
and Manufacturer’s Warranty/ Start-up. In addition, Alliance Medical Gas
Corporation provides MEP consulting for the design and implementation of plans
and specifications. Alliance Medical Gas
corporate offices are located in Springfield
To learn more about Alliance, please
About ORBIS International
is a nonprofit, organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide. ORBIS
prevents and treats blindness through hands-on training, public health
education, improved access to quality eye care, and partnerships with local
health care organizations. By building long-term capabilities, ORBIS helps its
partner institutions take action to reach a state where they can provide, on
their own, quality eye care services that are affordable, accessible, and
sustainable. To learn more about ORBIS, please visit www.ORBIS.org.
Phone: + 1 646-674-5512
P. Petell II
- WHO (2010). Retrieved from
- WHO (2011). Factsheet N°282 Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs282/en/