February 2005

Tsunami Relief Efforts Continue

In addition to its initial contribution of $10,000 to the Catholic Medical Mission board, Catholic Health Initiatives has collected another $40,000 to aid victims of the December 26, 2004, tsunami in Asia and Eastern Africa. “I thank those throughout the organization who have contributed to this cause,” said Peggy Egan, OSF, PhD, vice president of mission and healthy communities.

While many market-based organization employees have contributed to the relief effort, one has also traveled to India to assist tsunami survivors. Judy Raley, SCN, vice president of mission at Memorial Health Care System in Chattanooga, Tenn., was already planning to visit India this February. “The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth has two hospitals in India, and the congregation asked me to work with them on mission and values integration,” she said. “After the tsunami, the congregation asked me to also serve as a representative of our community in the U.S. during the relief efforts.”

While in India, Sister Judy will travel to devastated areas to offer hope and encouragement to victims of the disaster. She took along $7,000 donated by Memorial employees and $5,000 from Catholic Health Initiatives, along with a letter sending prayers and support to the Indian sisters.

More than 200 employees of Mercy Health Network in Des Moines, Iowa, donated their time to a local Tsunami Relief Effort organized by the American Red Cross and other sponsors. During the day-long event, volunteers from Mercy staffed donation sites at 11 local food stores.

“Mercy’s mission calls for us to provide for a healthy community,” said Laura Wenman, vice president of mission integration for Mercy. “In times like these, we all realize that the definition of ‘community’ extends to all those in need, even if they are thousands of miles away.” The Tsunami Relief Effort raised more than $154,000 for the Red Cross International Relief Fund.