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  • Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach
    A healing presence for the life of the world

     The Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis have been involved in domestic and foreign mission work throughout their history. In addition to their hospitals throughout Illinois and Wisconsin, the Sisters have responded to the needs of the poor by living, working and volunteering in communities throughout the world.

    In 2002, the Sisters organized Mission Outreach to provide assistance to their Sisters in Haiti and Tanzania and to be a tangible public witness to the Congregation's missionary spirit. In addition, the program offers meaningful opportunities for Sisters and the laity to understand the developing world through education, volunteerism and travel to mission sites around the world.

    Today, Mission Outreach works with the more than 45 hospitals and 18 multi-specialty clinics throughout Illinois and Wisconsin to distribute more than $6 million in surplus equipment and supplies each year, with accountability measures in place to ensure appropriate distribution.

    Highlights & Accomplishments:
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    • More than $14 million of usable medical equipment and supplies have been received from hospitals, clinics, nursing facilities, manufacturers, and distributors from several states including Illinois, Wisconsin, and Missouri.

    • $10 million of medical equipment and supplies have been shipped to healthcare providers around the world.

    • Access to quality healthcare was improved in more than 50 countries around the world including: Antigua, Belize, Cambodia, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mongolia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Suriname, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Ukraine, United States, and Vietnam.

    • More than 1,200,000 lbs. of usable equipment and supplies were saved from landfills...helping to prevent harmful greenhouse gases from entering our atmosphere.

    • Every dollar donated to Mission Outreach resulted in over $6 of medical supplies and equipment being shipped to the developing world.

    • Mission Outreach was named "a preferred partner of the U.S. Navy's Project Handclasp" - allowing us to provide humanitarian assistance via U.S. Naval Vessels.

    • With the assistance of the Navy, Mission Outreach transferred an ambulance to Buenos Aires via USS Pearl Harbor.

    • Mission Outreach donated patient beds, pediatric cribs, exam tables, and surgical equipment and supplies to several Central and South American countries aboard the USNS Comfort.

    • Mission Outreach collaborated with the Springfield, IL Commission on International Visitors and the United States Library of Congress Open World Leadership Program to provide supplies to a Ukrainian Hospital.

    • Mission Outreach worked with Catholic Relief Service to provide items to Cuba.

    • Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach continues the tradition that began when the Hospital Sisters came to Illinois from Germany in 1875 to begin their healthcare ministry.

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