Ozark Health Employees Aid In Relief Effort

DSC06810Each January, the Honduras Baptist Medical-Dental Mission sends a team of volunteers to Honduras to support the local communities there in their medical needs. This year, that team included a strong presence from Clinton and Ozark Health. Among the 36 team members who sacrificed their time in service this year was Dr. Keith Coward, Brianna Pate, APN and Debbie Tatum, LPN of Ozark Medical and Pediatric Clinic; Jamie Beavers, DDS; Pam Leal, RN, Jill Ward, RN, and Carolyn Pelzer, RN of Ozark Health Home Care; and Helen Dobbins, RN and Julia Binder of the Ozark Health Auxiliary. They, along with other volunteers from Magnolia, Arkansas and Tyler, Texas, individually raised $1,700 each to pay for their trip and held fund-raisers to pay for medical equipment and supplies to supply aid to the people of Vera Cruz, Copan. Jenny Treece, of Fairfield Bay Pharmacy, also graciously donated over $7,000 in medicine for the relief effort. The team, lead by Bob Leal (Captain Nacho) and Pam Leal (Nacho Momma), spent January 11-18 setting up medical, dental and optical clinics and saw 1,470 patients, including 4 home visits. The team also set aside time, Monday through Wednesday, to hold church services and childrens’ church before returning to the clinics. Before their return to the United States, the Honduras Baptist Medical-Dental Mission team were able to carve out a small amount of time for themselves, visiting the Mayan ruins in Copan. If you think you may be interested in serving in the medical mission field, contact Bob Leal at 501-745-1063.


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