Medical Teams Intl. and Pro Refrigeration, Inc. Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution to Vulnerable Populations Locally

Pro Bono Services and Gifts-in-Kind from Pro Refrigeration Will Help Drive Charity’s Mission

(Auburn, WA) January 4, 2021 – Last week, we shared about a Low Temperature Freezer that was being outfitted with technology needed for vaccine distribution. Although we don’t have a conclusion to the story, we want to report that even with some setbacks, we are still moving forward! Please see the update below:

When the freezer was commissioned, it quickly passed a cooling test well below required temperatures to -80 C, but additional tests uncovered a problem with the temperature controller. Now, with a new controller on the way, the team in Auburn is scheduled to be back into low temperature testing by Thursday (1/7/21) afternoon, with remote access via the PROElliot Dashboard.
As COVID-19 cases increase rapidly and state and local authorities determine the vaccine rollout strategy, the non-profit Medical Teams International is unwavering with logistical plans to support its mission to serve the most vulnerable with the vaccine. The charity has partnered with Auburn-based Pro Refrigeration, Inc. which is donating its services and freezer monitoring products to Medical Teams for its mobile health clinics.

In late December, a Low Temperature Lab Freezer (recently donated to Medical Teams), was delivered to PRORefrigeration, to outfit with the PROElliot – its cutting edge, remote monitoring system – and providing other services pro bono. As experts in building and designing packaged refrigeration systems, Pro is excited to donate the time and energy to support Medical Teams’ mission, planning to be implemented through its mobile health clinics throughout Washington and Oregon.

“We are thrilled that the PROElliot can help Medical Teams handle and distribute these valuable vaccines,” said Jim VanderGiessen, Jr., CEO of Pro Refrigeration, Inc. “They needed a tool that provides real time temperature monitoring, plus we can offer tools to alert and send alarms whenever potential issues are detected. The platform is cloud based, connecting via cellular to our gateway that operates on the customer’s site. We’ve been working with CEI, (an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner based in Pittsburgh, PA) on the PROElliot platform for several months now. It is exciting to leverage these new capabilities that utilize AWS IoT services, including Greengrass, that CEI has helped us build that provide sensor/connection verification, data filtering and data storage for this critical application.”

Since June 2020, Medical Teams has been an official COVID-19 testing partner with the WA Department of Health and since September 2020 it has partnered with the Oregon Health Authority. Medical Teams has been deployed to COVID-19 hot spots in counties throughout WA and OR, providing free testing to more than 22,000 people at high risk.

“This partnership with Pro Refrigeration comes at a critical time for us, as we work with state and local authorities and healthcare service providers to make plans for getting the vaccine to those who lack access to traditional healthcare, ” said Cindy Breilh, Medical Executive Director of US Programs. “We are grateful for Pro Refrigeration’s generosity, shared innovations, and commitment to serving vulnerable populations.”

“Medical Teams has been a charity that we’ve loved to support for more than 15 years,” said Jim VanderGiessen, Jr. “To be able to help is really a gift to us!”

About Medical Teams International
Founded in 1979, Medical Teams International provides life-saving medical care for people in crisis, such as survivors of natural disasters and refugees. We care for the whole person— physical, emotional, social and spiritual. Daring to love like Jesus, we serve all people—regardless of religion, nationality, sex or race. Learn more at and on social media using @medicalteams.

About PRORefrigeration, Inc.
Since 1990, PRORefrigeration has been applying innovation and technology to packaged refrigeration systems for standard industries that include; Dairy, Craft Beverage, Food Processing, and more. Pro operates from their Headquarters in Auburn, WA and their Production Facility located in Mocksville, NC.
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Pro can provide any media a “guest” account with limited access to a PROElliot dashboard, or provide a live demo of the dashboard via video conference. 

About CEI
As a trusted strategic and technology partner, CEI delivers solutions that help our clients transform their business and achieve meaningful results. From strategy and custom application development through application management – our advisory, technology and digital experience services are tailored to meet each unique need of our clients. For more than 27 years, CEI has been committed to providing exceptional business and technology solutions and services to companies in the Mid-Market through the Fortune 1000. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, CEI has regional offices across the US and global locations in Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America. We are an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner and a NMSDC Certified Minority Vendor. For more information, visit us at

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