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Hospitals' Donations Extend Mission Globally
05/08/2007

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.


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