PEORIA, Ill. – Compassus recently sent a team of local medical volunteers, including Sherry Healey of Peoria, to assist the company’s sister hospice program in South Africa, Living Hope. The Compassus team, which included four registered nurses, a physician, two social workers and a chaplain, spent a week in Cape Town educating and assisting the Living Hope staff.
“This experience has been wonderful,” said Healey, director of clinical services for Compassus – Peoria. “To see the impact that our donations make on people’s lives is truly amazing. We were able to spend an evening with the founders of Living Hope, John and Avril Thomas, as they explained how Living Hope was started and all the ways they’re able to help people in the community.”
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.
“I’ve been donating to the Living Hope fund for several years, and I plan to increase the amount I’m donating as I now see how it’s helping so many people, said Healey. “It makes me proud to work for a company that encourages and supports its colleagues to become involved in this mission. I can say it has been a truly life-changing experience for me.”
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.
Compassus supports Living Hope in three ways: funding, education and hands-on medical assistance. The company also 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 Margi Carlson, executive director for Compassus – Northwest Illinois. “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.”
For more information about Compassus or its services, visit www.compassus.com or call (309) 691-0280.