|Mission attendees from left to right: Cindy Limbert, RN, BSN,
Jill Mullen, CRNA, Jane Ferry, MD, and Kim Smith, MD
Dr. Jane Ferry, CMO of Grand View Hospital
, has traveled to Kenya, Africa three times on missionary trips through her volunteer work with “Blair in Kenya,” (an organization not affiliated with Grand View Hospital). She has treated hundreds of patients and delivered much needed medical supplies to region where, except on Ferry’s annual trips, there are no physicians or healthcare facilities.
This is not the first missionary trip that staff from the Grand View Hospital network have attended. Many of GVH affiliated physicians and staff have traveled to Haiti and Africa and others are involved in life altering volunteer work.
From June 7 – 21, Dr. Ferry and three co-workers traveled back to Kenya. With Ferry was Cindy Limbert, RN, BSN, and Jill Mullen, CRNA from Grand View Hospital. Dr. Kim Smith, a physician from Stoneridge OBGYN in Sellersville, also joined. This was the first Kenya trip for the three new volunteers and during their trip, they visited a village near Kisumu and then traveled to Iten, Kenya. The four assessed over 1,000 patients, mostly children, for nutritional status, delivered essential micronutrients, Vitamin A, and deworming medications. They treated acute illnesses including Malaria and pneumonia as well as skin diseases.
The group also visited the Blair Schools, with Blair Academy teacher Quint Clark, and offered micronutrients for the school lunch program (concentrated powder that is mixed into food to improve nutrition). The four screened students for malnutrition; they performed height, weight, and vision screening. Through a donation of reading glasses and corrective lenses from PennRidge Opticians, they supplied over 100 eyeglasses to community members. Jill Mullen worked with Gina Mauer from PennRidge Opticians and with Pennridge Family Dentistry who donated hundreds of tooth brushes. According to Limbert, “We made a dentifrice powder fortified with zinc toothpaste for the villagers.” Books and GVH rain jackets were also given to students. For the science laboratory in the secondary school, Ferry received 3 microscopes from JH Technologies – IFuSE and 2 cathode ray oscilloscopes which were donated from Warminster Amateur Radio Club.
On her first trip to Kenya in 2013, Dr. Ferry brought 500 pounds of medical supplies to Kenya for distribution to sick villagers. During her visit she treated more than 200 people, 110 of whom she saw in a single day.The program raised more than $13,000 toward educational programs, among other initiatives.
Ferry plans to return to Kenya again; she is currently looking for books to donate to their school’s meager library. For more information on Blair in Kenya, visit http://www.blairinkenya.com