West Palm Beach, Fla. (July 23, 2009) – Thanks to the cooperative efforts of St. Mary’s Medical Center, West Palm Beach community agencies and the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida, more than $140,000 worth of medical supplies were recently shipped to healthcare facilities in the Sudan.
“It all started when I read an article in the Sunday Parade Magazine about a non-profit organization, DoctoDock, that takes medical supplies and ships them to third-world countries,” said St. Mary’s Lab Director, Rick Esplen. “I started talking to others at the hospital and learned that many of my coworkers were very involved with mission work.”
From there, the idea grew to an organized plan, with nurses, doctors and staff from throughout the hospital teaming up to collect medical supplies. Items saved for donation included blood transfusion sets, trach tubes, infant monitoring devices, wound dressings, catheters, needles, syringes and surgical blades.
As the supplies started to pile up, hospital chaplain Fr. Greg Mansfield reached out to the community, and some personal contacts, to locate medical missions that were most in need. In the end, the donation was a cooperative effort of St. Mary’s Medical Center, the Presbyterian Church, the Episcopal Church, the Catholic Church, Wal-Mart Corporation, Project C.U.R.E., Q-Med and the Medical Benevolence Foundation.
“One of the wonderful things about St. Mary’s being a faith-based hospital is that we have opportunities as people of all faiths to work together for humanitarian relief organizations,” said Fr. Mansfield. “Together we reach beyond Palm Beach County to the Sudan.”