On July 21, 17 individuals from the Springfield area, including eight RNs from HSHS St. John’s Hospital, will travel to southeast Haiti for a week-long medical mission trip in conjunction with Haitian Christian Outreach (HCO). This group will hold medical clinics and paint newly constructed surgical suites and school classrooms in Peredo, Haiti.
 
Shelly Meyers, RN, BSN, a quality facilitator in the HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital, is the mission team leader. Meyers says her family has been involved with HCO for several years. Her last mission trip was in 2014. She has facilitated the donation of medical supplies through Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach and local physicians since that time.
 
“Our team members take time off from work and school to serve others,” she said. “Short-term mission teams are not intended to solve the problems of the world, but exposes participants to other ways of living and the practice of medicine. HCO allows people to share their time and talents with those in need. Medical or nursing experience is not required to participate.”
 
Those interested in learning more about HCO and the upcoming mission trip, including 2019 Haitian mission team opportunities, are invited to attend an informational meeting on Monday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Bunn Auditorium at St. John’s Hospital.
 
For more information, contact Meyers at shelly.meyers@hshs.org.
 
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About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Center, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.
 
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org

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