Hand in Hand Ministries and the Greater Louisville Medical Society Foundation are partnering to send a group of physicians and medical workers to Nicaragua beginning Sunday to work with residents there for one week. While in Nicaragua, the doctors will help at local hospitals and the San Francisco Clinic. Each person going on the trip is taking a 50-pound bag of medical supplies with them on the trip.
Those going on the trip include eight physicians, biomedical medical technicians, nurses and medical assistants.
The group is gathering at about 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, at the Continental Airlines desk at the Louisville airport. The physicians representing the medical society and the Foundation will be there and available to be interviewed on camera, along with representatives from Hand in Hand.
Those going on the trip are:
Dr. Sarah Acland, Louisville
Dr. Will Adams
Dr. Tim Brown
Dr. Manuel Grimaldi, Louisville
Suzanne McGee, Louisville
Courtney Nanney, Prospect
Dr. Cynthia Rigby, Prospect
Terry Todd, Louisville
The families in the Hand in Hand Ministries’ Pathway to Change Program will benefit from the opportunity to see the doctors and dentists to help Hand in Hand support their medical needs as well as their educational and family needs. This year’s trip is the seventh trip made in collaboration with Foundation.
The goal of these annual trips is to address the medical needs of the families served by the Hand in Hand Pathway to Change Program. Hand in Hand also wants to develop an ongoing relationship with the local medical community in Nicaragua in order to help by offering needed medical care and supplies that can be provided through volunteers associated with the Greater Louisville Medical Society Foundation.
Louisville doctors, dentists, nurses and medical personnel as well as other volunteers gather supplies and equipment that will be used for the treatment of patients in the local clinics. A biotechnology technician helps to assess equipment needs and to repair equipment at the clinics.
In addition to offering medical service, immersion trip participants educate themselves as they learn the story of the work that Hand in Hand Ministries is doing with our “Pathways to Change” program. By visiting the homes of families in the program and meeting with other personnel who serve the poor in Managua, Nicaragua, participants come to understand the conditions that impact the lives of the poorest of the poor.
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