March 2014
Providence Health International

"A community is only as strong as its most vulnerable. I saw how this village cared for each other by always keeping an open door to ensure everyone's basic needs were met, including housing. It reminds me that here at Providence, we have more work to do to strengthen the community within our hospital ministry - doing this will help us better serve our patients who rely on us on the best and most difficult days."

~Alex Jackson, chief executive, Providence Spokane Hospitals 
An invitation to reunite, learn about global health
Providence Health International event April 9

Caregivers (all employees), their friends and family are invited to attend a social gathering with our surgical and public health team volunteers in Renton. Come enjoy dinner with us, reconnect with people from your service teams and learn how to stay involved.


Interested volunteers are encouraged to attend and learn about opportunities to support our global health work. Jorge Bolom, volunteer coordinator for Medical Teams International, will share his inspiring story and join us in our celebration.

Wednesday, April 9, 5-7 p.m.
Providence Health & Services Hawley Conference Center, Gamelin Building (directions) 1801 Lind Ave. SW, Renton, WA 98057
 No charge to attend, but donations are encouraged. RSVP online


Unfortunately, the Oregon event has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date. 
Guatemalan medical students begin rotations in Seattle
Through a new partnership to support the development of health care professions, Providence welcomes two medical students from Guatemala's Universidad de Rafael Landivar.

Physicians-in-training Andrea Maria Recinos Rodas and Maria Mercedes Cabrera Cifuentes will begin their rotations working alongside physicians at Swedish Medical Centers this week. They spent the month of March training at Providence Portland Medical Center. View photos.

In May, two more medical students are scheduled to begin educational exchanges at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, Providence Milwaukee Hospital and Providence St. Peter Hospital. The program is growing thanks to the support of our residency programs and partners in Guatemala. Last year, Providence Portland hosted two Guatemalan medical students, Ilse and Ivan, in a pilot effort.

The partnership includes opportunities for Providence and Swedish medical residents to participate in education exchanges also. Physicians are currently being selected to begin rotations in Guatemala this year. If interested in participating, either as a physician or a host family or ministry, contact Providence Health International at
Physicians needed and team news
Providence Health International's first village medical team has openings for three physicians to join them in service of those who are poor and vulnerable in Guatemala, May 9-17. The team will apply their medical talents to treat acute illnesses in the rural villages and identify people in need of surgery for future surgical relief teams. Preference will be given to Spanish-speaking providers from fields of family, internal and emergency medicine. Interested volunteers can contact or 425-525-3070.

2014 Team New

The year kicked off with a public health team of caregivers from California and Washington. Learn more about the trip.

The first surgical team of 2014 has returned from a week-long volunteer trip, including caregivers from Oregon and several regions in Washington. Together they provided medical counseling to 115 people, 66 of whom were identified for surgery. Obstetrics and gynecology were the team's main surgical focus, along with other procedures including hernia
repairs and gallbladder  
Many thanks to our team leaders: John Roscoe, Michelle James, Larry Sullivan and Sherri Giragosian. 
Next trips

May 10-17 Village Medical Team leaders: Bob Wells, MD; Jane Wilson, RN; and Scot Gudger


May 17- 25 Public Health
Team leaders: Mark Thomas and Janice Burger   

Praying for West
Please join us in prayer for West Livaudais, volunteer coordinator for Medical Teams International. Through our public health trips to Guatemala, many of us have come to know West. For an update on his condition following a life-changing  automobile accident, please read on. He and his family would be deeply grateful to know they are in your thoughts.
Guatemala nursing director visits Providence California

Gladys Morales Gomez is a special friend and partner of Providence. As the nursing director at Hospital Hilario Galindo in Guatemala, she works with our surgical relief teams regularly. In February, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center hosted Gladys for a ministry visit to learn about Providence's approach to nursing. View photos.
Support our work
All donations are tax-deductible and will support surgical supplies and team expenses.
About us

Providence Health International provides opportunities to learn, serve and contribute internationally - leveraging the resources and talents of our health care organization to improve and promote global health.

Contact us at or 425-525-3070

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