One of the reasons many of our associates choose to work for SCL Health is our organization’s mission and commitment to serving those who are poor and vulnerable. For some associates, this passion for serving others goes above and beyond the daily work of serving our patients. Most recently, four of our physicians at St. Mary’s Medical Center traveled to Cameroon, in central Africa, to provide medical care for the underserved population there — Dr. Amy Davis, Dr. Nathan Harms, Dr. Heather Harms, and Dr. Jessica Allen. Nicknamed “Team Grand Junction,” they spent three weeks in Kumbo (also known as Banso), at Banso Baptist Hospital (BBH). BBH is one of six hospitals sponsored by Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) which is a nonprofit, faith-based healthcare organization, which started more than 60 years ago.
The team set out with the goals to:
- Provide medical care to the underserved population
- Enhance their knowledge of the developing world and global public health concerns
- Increase their sensitization to cultural and economic practice-based issues
- Enhance the existing medical infrastructure through education and information sharing
- Achieve proficiency in their practice of tropical medicine.