A team of Mercy co-workers recently returned from a 10-day medical mission in Peru. They spent tireless hours treating Peruvians, young and old, with both medicine and the healing ministry of the Sisters of Mercy.
Provided services ranged from eye exams and treatment of chronic conditions to various operative procedures to correct medical issues left long untreated because of limited access to healthcare and lack of financial means.
The medical mission group, formed by doctors, nurses, leaders and board members from Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Springfield, Missouri, traveled to Peru not only to provide much-needed medical services, but also to learn about how to continue sustainable mission work across the world. The team included Mercy Hospital Fort Smith president Ryan Gehrig, Dr. Steve Nelson, Dr. Manuel Vilchez-Diaz, Dr. Robert Cavagnol, and nurse Linda Nelson. In addition, Michael Hadley, former chair of the Mercy Board of Advisors, and John Cooley, a Mercy Health Foundation board member, were part of the mission.
According to the World Health Organization, 400 million people worldwide do not have access to essential health services. These life-changing missions, although at a small scope, have the potential to create a positive ripple effect in the lives of those impacted, while also improving overall health and wellness in the community.
Mercy teams across the ministry donate thousands of hours toward mission projects throughout the year.
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Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.