|Adventist Health White Memorial Mission Stats Mwami, Zambia|
|Mwami Adventist Hospital Testimonial|
|In Haiti, Adventist hospital celebrates nursing staff achievements|
|In Haiti, Adventist hospital lab manager increases patient laboratory visits by 800%|
|International Cafe: Ever Considered Global Surgery? A Glimpse into the Life of a Missionary Surgeon|
|LLUH nursing staff mentors one of the First Intensive Care Unit nurses in Malawi|
|Malamulo Adventist Hospital research published in the Malawi Medical Journal|
|LLUH Landscape Director improves campus grounds at Valley View University in Oyibi, Ghana|
|Haiti Adventist Hospital Department of Education and Training Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation|
|Seminars by Doctors Without Borders|
|Haiti Adventist Hospital Department of Education and Training Blood Drive|
|Haiti Adventist Hospital Department of Education and Training Certificate in Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care|
|HAH Visit to Englese Adventiste de Sanai|
|Rose Charities visit to Haiti Adventist Hospital|
|Newest hospital in Ghana named in honor of Dr. Richard Hart|
|Bere Nutrition Center success stories|
|School of Medicine alumnus assumes new role in Malawi|
|Adventist hospital in Haiti celebrates 35 years of service with the opening of a new state-of-the-art surgical suite|
|Malamulo Kids: Vol 1 Issue 2|
|Malamulo Kids: The official newsletter of the Malamulo Children's Hospital|
|Merry Christmas from Malamulo|
|Bere Adventist Hospital - projects update|
|Haiti update: Clinical lab restoration complete|
|Malamulo Quarterly Newsletter: Issue 3, Volume 2|
|AHI volunteer takes on the role of teaching English in Haiti|
|Bere Adventist Hospital and Nutrition Training Center re-open after evacuation causes closure|
|Update on Hopital Adventiste d'Haiti (HAH) by hospital administrator, Edward Martin|
|Circle of Blessing - Malamulo Hospital|
|Bere Adventist Hospital reaches out to local community|
|Community Hospital of Trinidad receives new MRI equipment|
|Our Involvement in Africa|
|Bere Adventist Hospital's new EMR goes live|
|MaLawi Medical Missions: Fundraiser|
|MH Newsletter: Issue 2, Volume 2|
|Emergency Medicine Residents and Physicians aid in Nepal bus accident|
|A "Noble" Act of Philanthrophy|
|Hospital Adventista de Nicaragua|
|Following God's Call in the Medical Mission FIeld|
|Footsteps of the Unknown|
|PICU Team Takes on Malawi|
|You're invited to celebrate 100 years of healing with Malamulo Hospital|
|LLUH surgical team recently returned from Nepal. Read their experience here in the blog Haitibones.|
|Loma Linda specialist team travels to aid Nepal|
|Nepal: Updated May 4, 2015|
|Adventist hospital in Nepal responds to earthquake|
|Retired microbiologist shares professional experience and expertise with mission hospitals|
|Global Healthcare Conference- Thank you|
|Management residents serve a global audience|
|Front Lines of the Ebola War|
|Malamulo Hospital Quarterly Newsletter: Issue 3|
|Adventist Hospital and GHI site in Malaysia receives 'Gold' from World Health Organization|
|Scheer Memorial Hospital begins the new year with a new CEO. Meet Dr. Dale Mole|
|DMA Newsletter- Winter 2015|
|NBC News features AHI physician, Scott Nelson as he continues to work in Haiti, five years after the earthquake.|
|Haiti: Annual Update|
|Serving Far from Home- Nepal|
|Adopt-a-Missionary 'giving to a giver' project brings Christmas cheer to 15 missionary families serving overseas|
|EBOLA update: Dec. 8|
|Give Global: Project End Ebola|
|Give to a giver with Adopt-a-Missionary|
|Malamulo Hospital Quarterly Newsletter|
|LLUSM Class of 2016 Adopts Cooper as Class Project|
|Thirty-three Hospitals Join Together for the Third Annual Global Healthcare Conference|
|Special Vespers Draws Nearly One Thousand Viewers|
|Global Healthcare Conference: Live Stream|
|Waterloo Hospital Plans to Re-Open as Ebola Clinic|
|Front Lines of the Ebola War, Vespers Program|
|Shoes for Haiti|
|Why did they give? Malamulo staff interviews tell story of why they gave to help West Africa|
|Malamulo takes Initiative to Help Sister Hospitals Fight EBOLA|
|Gillian Seton shares her view on the impact of EBOLA in Liberia|
|AHI Doctor Heads to Liberia to Aid EBOLA Crisis: James Appel's personal log of daily events|
|A Good Death?|
|Two Hospital Staff Die during EBOLA Quarantine|
|Waterloo Hospital Placed Under Quarantine due to EBOLA Patient|
|EBOLA Update: The Numbers Keep Growing|
|AHI Doctor Heads to Liberia to Aid EBOLA Crisis: Entry 1|
|Dr. Hart addresses EBOLA crisis in West Africa|
|Cooper Hospital to Remain Open as EBOLA Free Zone to Patients|
|EBOLA outbreak endangers lives of hundreds in Africa|
|AHI takes part in Global Conference on Health and Lifestyle|
|Global Health Conference 2013|
|Malawi President Visits Malamulo|
|Baptism at Malamulo|
Jeanine Maurer is the Director of Aspen Surgery Center and the Manager of their Joint Venture. She has been in nursing for over 30 years and with Adventist Health for 18 years. She has worked in many areas including emergency room, cardiac services, critical care transport and surgical services. Jeanine says that she feels most like a nurse when she is working as a missionary.
While in nursing school, Jeanine became interested in serving globally. She loved Florence Nightingale’s philosophy of a global coalition and wondered if she would see her vision of shared nursing knowledge by the year 2020 come to pass. Since that time, being part of this dream was always in the back of her mind. Five years ago, Jeanine was finally able to serve as a nurse in her first medical mission to Jamaica.
Jeanine greatly enjoys being able to travel and teach nursing globally. “We learn from each other. It is a small step, one nurse at a time and one village at a time, but I do believe I we are making a difference”.
During her most recent missionary trip to Mwami Hospital in Zambia Africa, Jeanine had the opportunity to care for a woman named Jessy. Jessy suffered from a condition known as retrosternal goiter formation, an extreme enlargement of the thyroid. In the US, goiters are usually formed due to a hormone imbalance causing a malfunctioning of the thyroid gland. In Zambia, this condition is caused by a diet deficient in iodine.
Jeanine & Jessy two days before surgery
Left untreated goiters can grow so large they can affect basic functions. Jessy had an extreme case. Her ability to eat, swallow, speak, and even breathe were all negatively affected. She had not been able to chew or form more than a few words for several years. Jeanine said, “When I met Jessy, her facial tissue was permanently frozen in an upward expression.”
Jessy has lived in Kajonde Village her entire life; as did her mother Joyce, grandmother, and all prior generations. Jessy is one of nine children, eight of whom survived into adulthood. She is widowed, never remarried, and does not have children. She had suffered from the enlarged goiter for 13 years and this hampered her ability to be accepted by another husband.
The night before surgery, Jeanine visited Jessy and asked if she had any questions. “Jessy was clearly trying to tell me something and her frustration was evident,” Jeanine said. At that time her mother Joyce took over, explaining that Jessy wanted to know if she would look like a girl again after surgery.
A quick prayer before surgery.
One needs to remember that in this culture women are oppressed, rarely receive education, and are dependent upon the males in their village. The inability to secure a mate is not just a psychological issue, it can mean the difference of survival. Thankfully Jessy’s family had taken responsibility for her, but as her mother explained, she longed for a family of her own. Jeanine explained how she so badly wanted to tell her she already looked like a girl, but understood the significance of what this meant to Jessy and simply replied “yes, absolutely”. Upon hearing this, Jessy visibly relaxed as she turned to hug her mother.
Before and after.
Jeanine hopes to return to Mwami Hospital and establish a partnership with the surgical team that promotes sustainability and shared knowledge.
In a blog explaining her decision to take on a trip to Africa, Jeanine wrote: “We do not know how much time we have on this Earth, but we know it is limited. I am just trying to make the most of it and I feel so privileged to be able to share these experiences with my daughter. So, to those who tell me I am crazy I ask, why not missionary work?”
Jeanine said she feels blessed to be part of a mission that had the privilege of serving such unique and gentle people. She described their gratitude as immeasurable and said that the mission team felt a sense of joy and purpose. Jessy will remain in her heart and has inspired Jeanine to continue serving.
In Zambia saying goodbye to Jessy & Joyce.