PRINCETON, W.Va. – Compassus has selected Phillip Peterson, M.D., of the Princeton and Bluefield areas to join a team of medical volunteers to assist Living Hope, the company’s sister hospice program in Cape Town, South Africa, on a mission trip August 12-20. The Compassus team, which includes two physicians, five registered nurses, two certified nursing assistants, a social worker, volunteer coordinator and chaplain, is spending a week in Cape Town educating and assisting the Living Hope staff.
“I am honored to be selected, but even more, I am humbled by the task of adequately representing the hearts and faces of our Compassus teams here,” said Peterson, medical director for Compassus – Princeton, about his opportunity to participate. “Driven by a God-given burden to relieve the suffering of the sickest among us, our teams here provide the same dedicated care to the people they serve every day. Our nurses are on call 24/7 to the most remote poorly accessible parts of Mercer and McDowell counties. Despite all extremes of weather, all types of roads and conditions, sometimes crossing creeks or hiking washed out paths to ultimately reach the suffering patient, they skillfully assess and engage the care necessary to bring comfort and insight to the patient and their caregivers.”
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.
Living Hope, a ministry-based nonprofit, offers healthcare services, counseling and education to more than 200,000 underprivileged residents. 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 matches voluntary employee donations to the dollar every year and also assists 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 Stori Pugh, executive director of Compassus – Princeton. “We are proud of Dr. Peterson and his fellow volunteers for embarking on this journey to help the sick and impoverished people of South Africa, and look forward to hearing about their experiences and how we can use what they learned on their trip here at home.”
For more information about Compassus — Princeton, visit compassus.com/princeton or call (304) 431-2000.