Eleven Mercy physicians, advanced practitioners and other health care workers recently returned from a medical mission trip to Ghana, West Africa. The group was part of a 25-person team making the trip this year as part of the Crossing4Mercy humanitarian outreach effort that helps the people of Yendi.
Jonathan Limpert, MD, and Patricia Limpert, MD, Mercy Clinic Surgical Specialists in Washington, were once again part of the leadership team. The group performed more than 75 surgeries on the six-day trip.
For the second year, Gregory Potts, MD, Mercy Clinic Obstetrics and Gynecology, spent time educating the local midwives. The main topic this year dealt with preeclampsia and OB emergencies. He also brought along two birth mannequins, donated by the Rotary Club of Washington, to assist with demonstrations.
Drs. Limpert also spent time meeting with the government Ministry of Health of Ghana. Their members are involved in providing public health services, managing Ghana's healthcare industry, and building Ghana's hospitals and medical education system. Discussions on how to further enhance the hospital campus in Yendi was forefront of the meeting. Members of a St. Louis architectural and engineering firm, BSA Lifestructures, were also on hand to lend their knowledge and expertise in health care design.
David Hinkle, executive director of Business Operations with Mercy Virtual, returned with the group again this year to check on and refine the Virtual ICU that was established in 2018. The system allows staff members of the Yendi ICU to communicate with health care professionals from Mercy Virtual. Since its final installation in late January, Mercy Virtual has coordinated more than 40 sessions with the care team in Ghana.
Anyone interested in learning more about the Crossing4Mercy group, how to join the efforts, or interested in making a donation can visit www.crossing4mercy.org for more information. You can also reach the group via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donation checks can be sent directly to Crossing4Mercy at:
PO Box 372
Wildwood, MO 63040
Other Mercy co-workers who made the trip include: Kevin Sohn, RN; Jim Cassat MD (retired); Katie Meyer, RN; Dayna Heindselman, RNFA; Hannah Baehr, Surgical Tech; Joe Hassler, CRNA; and Robert Nevett , MD.