Residency program creates medical mission for Haiti
Via Christi Family Medicine Residency program support staff and physicians are teaming up to create a new medical mission program to help people in Haiti.
Spearheaded by Bruce Campbell, a family nurse practitioner at the residency program, and Amy Seery, MD, a Via Christi pediatrician and residency program faculty member, the Via Christi Haiti Medical Mission will draw on the interest of Via Christi employees in international missions and serving the poor. A core planning group for the mission includes residency faculty, residents, and hospital staff from several departments.
“In spite of its proximity to the U.S and location in the heart of the Caribbean, Haiti has struggled economically and socially for several decades,” said Seery. “As a result, it’s one of the poorest nations in the Western hemisphere.”
In addition, she said, the health care delivery system in Haiti is largely driven by nongovernmental organizations and therefore is largely dependent on the resources available in a particular area.
“This team of Via Christi employees has the dedication and determination to personally bring those resources to Haiti’s remote areas and bolster the community from within,” she said.
Medical mission work is nothing new to this group. Graduates of the Via Christi International Family Medicine Fellowship are working in the region with Heart to Heart, an international humanitarian organization that supports initiatives to serve the poor through partnerships with individuals and other organizations.
The ultimate goal of the Via Christi Haiti Medical Mission is to establish permanent medical services in a Haitian community. Belle Anse is being considered as a possible site.
‘Via Christi Traveling Medicine Show,’ a fun way to help To help raise funds for the mission, a variety show and silent auction have been planned for 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central in Wichita. Tickets are $10 and are available in Via Christi Gift Shops or at Via Christi Clinic Family Medicine at 707 N. Emporia and 1121 S. Clifton.
The “Via Christi Traveling Medicine Show” will feature several performances by program faculty and residents. Among the featured acts will be Shifting Dullness, a band comprising physicians Maurice Duggins, Doug Neef, Don Seery, Richard Leu and Scott Stringfield. Steve Amos, a local psychologist and country music award-winning singer/songwriter, also will perform.