mission trip

Reflections on the medical mission trip that changed my life and nursing career

Motivated by her own experiences with poverty, one registered nurse followed her calling and took her skills overseas on a medical mission trip to serve some of the poorest and least fortunate families in west Africa. Jacqueline Gallegos, RN, spent the holiday season far away from her family and instead, surrounded by strangers in a …

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Why being a physician is a blessing and a privilege

I feel privileged to be an orthopedic surgeon. Every day, I have the chance to make an impact on someone else’s life, to give someone back their independence, to help someone walk again. No two days are the same, but each one is fulfilling. But sometimes, I forget what a gift this job is. I …

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Nurse embarks on mission to spend the holidays serving in West Africa

In this season of giving thanks, we remember to pause from our busy lives, take a breath and count our blessings. But one nurse is taking the spirit of thanksgiving even further — all the way to West Africa. Instead of spending the holiday season surrounded by family and the comforts of home, Jackie Gallegos, …

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Cardiac surgeon “Saving Hearts” in home country of Peru

Serving others plays a large role in the day-to-day work at Baylor Scott & White Health, but some members of the team go above and beyond to embody the true meaning of serving others in need — even when it takes them to another continent. Lima, Peru, is home to one of the oldest hospitals …

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Calling to help others leads surgeon to Vietnam

For Justin Kane, MD, serving others through medical missions isn’t just a nice thing to do — it’s a core part of who he is as a physician. He has a calling to help, and most recently, this calling led him to Vietnam. “I think everyone gets into medicine to help people. It was never …

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A Mission that turned into marriage

When Scott Temple first volunteered aboard a Mercy Ship in 2011, he had no idea what to expect. The Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas nurse had been in a patient care environment for years, but never quite like this. “These patients suffer from a number of health issues and they are outcasts in their society in …

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