Compassus – Colorado Springs Volunteer Coordinator Selected For Healthcare Mission Trip To South Africa

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Compassus has selected Nancy Oxenhandler of Colorado Springs 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 so eager and excited to be part of the Compassus team in Cape Town, and am looking forward to partnering with the Living Hope group as we visit their patients in the townships,” said Oxenhandler, volunteer coordinator for Compassus – Colorado Springs, about her opportunity to participate. “If I can help bring a moment of light and peace to even a few people, I will feel that our mission has been accomplished. Working in the hospice field, one of our ultimate goals is to always provide compassionate care to patients at the end of life. My hope is to bring that compassion to the patients we meet through Living Hope in Cape Town.”

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 Lin Howland, executive director of Compassus – Colorado Springs. “We are proud of Nancy and her 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 — Colorado Springs, visit or call (719) 226-0091.