In 1997, MMI founders Tom and Nancy Stoeckel visited a 900 bed hospital in Panevezys, Lithuania. Latex gloves were hanging on a wire to dry, hypodermic needles were being reused on multiple patients, and kidney dialysis solution was being mixed in a five gallon bucket with a wooden stick. At the time, Tom was the head of the emergency department at a local hospital and aware that in the U.S., excess medical supplies and medical equipment is sent to the landfill every day. In fact, it is estimated that as much as 3,000 tons of usable medical supplies and equipment nationwide are sent to the landfills daily. That is 2.2 billion pounds of usable medical supplies and equipment. The supply is plentiful, the demand globally nearly limitless, and this was the impetus for the formation of MMI.