Quote: “I have successfully dealt with all kinds of uncontrolled situations now and my first step, after applying pressure and making sure anesthesia knows we’re in trouble, is to call for the Thompson retractor. If it’s not in place already…” 

– Richard E. Davis MD FACS, Consultant General Surgeon, Program Director, General Surgery Residency AIC Kijabe Hospital 

Thompson Retractor Foundation

“Our mission is to provide surgeons, who volunteer their services around the world to the less privileged, with the instruments that make life saving operations possible.”

Thompson Surgical Instruments understands this need and we are pleased to donate Thompson Retractors to these dedicated men and women. Health care providers who work with patients in Third World countries, including missionary surgeons and those employed by community hospitals, are called on to perform complex surgeries in challenging environments with limited resources.

When you upgrade your old Thompson Retractor System to a new model, we refurbish the old equipment and prepare it for shipping to hospitals in need. If you would like to join us in the Foundation’s efforts, or to find out if you may be eligible to receive a donation, please contact Josh Delickta at 1.800.227.7543 (outside USA +1-231-922-0177), or by email at josh.delickta@thompsonsurgical.com.

Thank you for your support, we look forward to hearing from you.


Giving back to Hospitals and Surgeons

We believe in assisting hospitals around the globe by donating refurbished Thompson Retractors, to make modern surgery available. Thompson Retractor Foundation has made donations to missionary surgeons working at the following missionary organizations and hospitals:

Bangladesh – Memorial Christian Hospital

Brazil – Amazon Baptist Hosptial

Cambodia – Ankor Hospital for Children

Ethiopia – Soddo Christian Hospital, MyunSung Christian Medical Center

Ghana – Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Tamale Teaching Hospital, Koforidua Regional Hospital

India – Dr. D.Y. Patil Charitable Hospital

Iraqi Kurdistan – Erbil, Duhok, Sulaimaniyah Hospitals

Kenya – AIC Kijabe Hospital www.kijabehospital.org, www.bethanykids.org, Oasis for Orphans

Kenya – Maua Methodist Hospital

Malawi – kwendeni Mission Hospital

Mozambique – Central Hospital Maputo, Chicuque Rural Hospital

Tanzania – Arusha Lutheran Medical Center, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center

Togo – Wendell Kempton Medical and Ministry Center


If you would like to find out if you or someone you know is eligible to receive a donation, please click here for an application, orcontact Stephanie Myers at stephanie.myers@thompsonsurgical.com. 


Giving back to the Community

We believe that being a responsible corporate citizen means giving back to the community. At least 10 percent of our profits are donated to charitable organizations all over the United States. We support organizations such as:

American Rivers

Boardman Fund

Central Asia Institute

Cousteau Society

Child and Family Services — Traverse City

Women’s Resource Center — Traverse City

Sci Ma Tec — Traverse City

Habitat for Humanity — Traverse City

Green Initiatives


Thompson Surgical Instruments cares about the environment

Here’s how we’re reducing our carbon footprint: 

All scrap metal including stainless steel, aluminum, and titanium is recycled

Paper, plastic, cardboard, and cans are all recycled

All printer toner cartridges are recycled

Reusable flatware and utensils are promoted, and we have reduced disposable cups, plates, and napkins as much as possible

Electronic documents are favored over printed documents to help reduce the amount of paper used

Energy efficient appliances such as furnaces, air conditioning, and make-up air system are all utilized


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