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Two years ago, Joe Barin, a registered nurse at Advocate Christ Medical Center, used about $3,000 of his own money to go on a medical mission trip to Jordan. Accompanied by more than 60 other doctors, nurses and clinicians from Christ, Barin spent 10 days triaging and administering primary care to refugees who had fled the civil war in Syria.
Medical Relief for Refugees
The trip was one of many organized by the Syrian American Medical Society, a national global medical relief group that was founded at Christ. The nongovernmental organization provides medical and dental assistance to refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt and Bangladesh, in addition to Jordan.
Providing Health Care To People In Need
Barin said the camp he visited had about 39,000 people living in it but only “one or two medical clinics.” “We’d see around 200 patients a day. For these people even getting aspirin or Tylenol was a huge ordeal,” he said. The opportunity to care for people who didn’t have access to basic health care not only helped get him out of a personal funk he was in at the time, Barin said it made him a better nurse.
The hospital recently announced that this fall it will honor SAMS (www.sams-usa.net) during its annual Salute Gala. On Oct. 20, Christ physicians of SAMS will receive the inaugural Advocate Humanitarian Award.
Doug Hutchings, Vice President of Development, estimates that close to 40 doctors, nurses and other health care workers have participated in SAMS missions. Others, he added, have volunteered on behalf of other NGOs, including Doctors without Borders and MedGlobal.
The scholarship, he said, would enable doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and pharmacists who can’t afford to spring for the travel costs to participate in medical mission work.
Watch this glimpse into their November 2017 medical mission to Jordan, the first time that SAMS volunteers provided care inside our new Al-Zaatari Medical Facility, and the first time that SAMS provided OBGYN care on a medical mission to Jordan.