NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today it is making a gift-in-kind of more than 2,000 commercial-grade displays to Mercy Ships, an international faith-based organization that uses hospital ships to perform life-changing surgeries and seeks to help build long term health care capacity and systems in the nations it serves.
NEC Display will provide large format and desktop displays of varying sizes and resolutions, including video wall and touch interactive displays. The displays will be used for everything from digital signage in common areas for communications and information, desktop displays in doctor's offices and labs to aide in research, large touch displays in conference rooms for team collaboration, and high-resolution displays in waiting areas to communicate information to patients.
In addition, according to Richard Ventura, NEC Display Vice President of Business Development and Solutions, NEC is providing consulting services and working with partners Four Winds Interactive (Digital Signage Software Solutions and Content Strategies) and Peerless-AV (Mounts and Enclosures) to make sure Mercy Ships has the right solutions to deliver the best experience for their patients and organization.
"Mercy Ships matches NEC's vision of 'Orchestrating a Brighter World'," Ventura said. "With this partnership, we're helping Mercy Ships achieve its goal of bringing hope and healing to those who need it most. The technology we're providing is all commercial-grade, so it will provide lasting value for Mercy Ships, and in the end, will create value for society as a whole."
Mercy Ships relies almost entirely on volunteers and donors to accomplish its mission, according to Bobby Baker, head of Corporate Relations at Mercy Ships.
"NEC has really gone beyond the call of duty with its gift, and as a result of like-minded companies, we are able to bring state of the art healthcare to parts of the world that need it most," Baker said. "We're all about bringing dignity to people and giving others the opportunity to contribute in meaningful ways. When you can restore sight to a child with a 15-minute cataract removal surgery, it's a powerful thing. Our donors make this possible."
Annually, Mercy Ships has more than 1,600 volunteers helping in locations around the world. That includes an annual average of 1,000 volunteer crew who come from 40 nations, serving aboard ships such as the Africa Mercy.
"We're very strategic when it comes to our partnerships," Ventura said. "And Mercy Ships aligns perfectly with our corporate social responsibility mission, so we're happy to assist with its mission of helping others."
Mercy Ships is featured in a new National Geographic 8-part series titled The Surgery Ship, which is premiering this year globally.