COLUMBIA, Mo. – Compassus recently sent a team of local medical volunteers, including Karen Duncan, RN, of Columbia, to assist Living Hope, the company’s sister hospice program in South Africa. The Compassus team, which included three physicians, four registered nurses, a social worker, hospice aide and bereavement coordinator, spent a week in Cape Town educating and assisting the Living Hope staff.
“The opportunity to work alongside the Living Hope team was an absolute honor,” said Duncan, a clinical liaison with Compassus – Columbia. “The work Living Hope is doing in the community of Cape Town is beyond measure. They are impacting lives through comprehensive health care, substance abuse treatment and prevention, economic sustainability and ministry to at-risk children.”
Through a partnership started in 2011, Compassus donates monetary aid, medical supplies and healthcare expertise to support Living Hope’s healthcare and hospice services in the impoverished township communities of Cape Town, South Africa.
Living Hope, a ministry-based non-profit, offers healthcare services, counseling and education to more than 200,000 underprivileged residents in Cape Town. Living Hope’s programs focus on improving general health and hospice care, HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, and economic empowerment. Living Hope provides healthcare for more than 36,000 South Africans annually through in-home visits, medical clinics and a 22-bed inpatient hospice center.
“The communities of Cape Town have fewer resources than one can imagine, yet Living Hope helps people to approach each day with love and a positive spirit,” continued Duncan. “Every day the organization is accomplishing its mission of ‘bringing hope, breaking despair.’”
Compassus supports Living Hope in three ways: funding, education and hands-on medical assistance. The company matches voluntary employee donations to the dollar every year and will also assist Living Hope with necessary medical supplies and equipment.
“As members of the hospice team, we have a calling to deliver compassionate care not only in our local communities, but also to those around the world. This partnership allows us the opportunity to do both,” said Mandy Lawrence, executive director for Compassus – Columbia. “We are proud of our team of volunteers and the work they did on this recent trip, and look forward to continuing to support the program in the future. We encourage other organizations and individuals to join in the effort.”
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