The mission of Bayhealth is to improve the health status of all members of the Bayhealth community. Sometimes the need to help others extends past our reach in the community. Earlier this year, nursing units at Bayhealth Kent General and Milford Memorial donated their scrubs to doctors going on a mission trip to Honduras.
In the winter, nursing units at both hospitals changed their scrubs from pale blue to bright pink. Rather than have nurses get rid of the scrubs, Deborah Doyle, RN, IBCLC, suggested nurses donate the uniforms to medical professionals going on a mission trip. More than 100 sets of scrubs were donated in total from the Women’s Services and Pediatric departments. Doyle coordinated the donations.
Doyle has previously worked with physician Maribel Woodward, MD, formerly of The Center for Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Woodward has gone on medical mission trips for over a decade with Maranatha Christian Church of Dover. Typically the physicians buy scrubs before the trips and leave them for doctors in the respective areas to use. Doyle said donating scrubs to the group enabled the volunteers to go on their June 2015 mission trip without purchasing more uniforms.
The mission trip to Honduras took place June 20-27 with more than 20 volunteers. The team included pediatricians, dentists, nurses and other medical professionals. Care was provided to 401 pediatric patients and 620 adults for a variety of health concerns including asthma, skin infections, and dental emergencies. “The medical missions are part of my passion for medicine,” Dr. Woodward said.
“I’m very proud of how our units came together to help others,” Doyle said. “While we only donated clothing, it was one less thing this group of medical volunteers had to worry about while taking care of the community in Honduras.”
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