All Provena Health ministries, including Provena Covenant Medical Center in
Urbana and Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville, have partnered
with an outreach organization to serve the Provena mission of building
communities of healing and hope through donations of surplus medical supplies
and equipment to developing regions of the world.
In an ongoing program, the Provena Central Illinois Region hospitals have
already donated more than $25,000 worth of surplus equipment and supplies to the
Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach program, a ministry of the Hospital Sisters of
the Third Order of St. Francis. These supplies, including items such as
wheelchairs, IV poles, exam lights, pumps, blood gas monitors, and more have a
value far exceeding the monetary estimates when purchased new. The items will be
redistributed by Mission Outreach to hospitals in the developing world,
including communities in Haiti and Tanzania.
“Through these donations, we are furthering our Catholic mission by reaching
out to a broader community, and helping the vulnerable around the world,” said
David Bertauski, President and CEO of Provena Central Illinois Region. “Working
with Mission Outreach is an excellent example of how Provena continues to strive
to identify new ways to serve the needs of many.”
Most supplies being donated are unusable by the local hospitals simply
because of advances in technology, changes in regulations and extras from
pre-packaged supply kits. “These supplies provide communities in the developing
world with basic medical care that we take for granted,” said Bruce Compton,
Director of Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach.
Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, based in Springfield, Illinois,
carries out the Sisters’ missionary spirit through education and awareness
programs, cross cultural mission experiences, and a medical equipment/supply
distribution and recycling program.