Patrick Johnson to Lead WorldBed Effort to Deliver 200,000 Beds to Displaced Haitians

Patrick Johnson to Lead WorldBed Effort to Deliver 200,000 Beds to Displaced Haitians

Memory foam mattress manufacturer Anatomic Global appointed Patrick Johnson, formerly CEO of Pro-Dex Inc., as executive director of its WorldBed humanitarian initiative. In this new position Johnson will focus on strategic growth opportunities and oversee fundraising efforts to make possible the delivery of 200,000 emergency field beds to displaced Haitians following the Jan. 12 earthquake near Port-au-Prince.

“The need for beds in Haiti is so great that it requires us to partner beyond our key suppliers,” said Anatomic Global’s CEO David Farley. “Johnson will play a critical role in the WorldBed initiative. He has the right leadership skills, experience and contacts we need to reach our goal.”

WorldBed was initially created during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, in which Anatomic Global mobilized a team to make and distribute 3,000 field beds that ended up benefiting 11,000 persons in need.  After Jan. 12’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti, near Port-au-Prince, Farley revisited the WorldBed concept and began operating it as an adjunct business unit of Anatomic Global. WorldBed aims to deliver 200,000 WorldBed products to displaced Haitians over the next year and will continue to aid other global disaster relief programs on an as-needed basis.

The beds WorldBed will deliver incorporate a specially designed, cot-sized 3-inch foam mattress that can be quickly dispatched, in volume, to areas of need anywhere in the world.  It was created to provide needed comfort, increased levels of health and safety, and a more sanitary place to sleep in an effort to speed recovery and aid in healing.

Johnson will oversee efforts to raise $7.4 million, the sum required to manufacture, transport and deliver 200,000 WorldBeds. To date Anatomic Global has been joined in the effort by FXI Foamex Innovations, Deslee Textiles USA, Royal Packaging, Brookwood Companies and Parakletos International. In addition, the company is re-investing its corporate profits from all operations for the first quarter of 2010 to manufacture WorldBeds for Haitian relief. This level of financial commitment will enable the delivery of the first 30,000 WorldBeds to Haiti, a process that has already begun.

At Pro-Dex, Johnson implemented a strategic business model that significantly increased the company’s profitability. He has more than 25 years’ experience in manufacturing and business development and previously held positions at Sybron Dental, Tycom Dental Corporation, Dabico Incorporated. He holds a masters degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and bachelor degrees in Philosophy and in Legal studies from the University of California.

 “I am very excited to contribute to this important project and enable Anatomic Global and its industry partners to provide much needed assistance to the victims of the horrible tragedy in Haiti,” Johnson said. “I really see it as a calling to use my leadership and business skills in such a way that it can make a difference to so many people in need.  Our team is heading to Haiti in the next week to assess the needs on the ground so we can determine how to get the most help to the most people in the shortest amount of time.”

Companies and nonprofits interested in learning more about WorldBed should contact Executive Director Patrick Johnson at patrick@worldbed.org or 951-371-8101.  For more information, visit www.WorldBed.org.a

About the Author

David Kopf is the Publisher and Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazines. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.

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