April 2006

Contingent from Nampa Visits Ghana

04-06Ghana Photo

Mercy Medical Center, Nampa, Idaho, hopes to improve access to health care for the residents of Nyamarunsah, Ghana, and surrounding areas. Representatives of Mercy who recently visited the village include (back row, left to right) Randall Hutchings, MD; Rev. Mark Bekkedahl; Marcie Messmer; and Joseph Messmer, president and chief executive officer of Mercy.

A group from Nampa, Idaho, including representatives of Mercy Medical Center, visited the coastal region of Ghana to determine the area’s medical needs and how local residents’ access to health care could be improved. “Ghana is home to lovely and gracious people, but their country is struggling economically,” said Rev. Mark Bekkedahl, vice president of mission integration for Mercy. “The public health infrastructure is invisible, if not completely absent. There are far too few hospitals and clinics for the population, and in rural areas there are no providers at all.” Mercy plans to send clinical teams to the village of Nyamarunsah twice a year to provide medical treatment. Mercy also hopes to secure funding to build a clinic in the village. For more information, contact Mark Bekkedahl at markbekkedahl@chiwest.com.