The New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers has sponsored a scholarship to support a weeklong surgical mission to Honduras in October.
According to One World Surgery, NJAASC is the first state ambulatory surgery center to sponsor a national scholarship.
The contribution will cover the program fee to send an operating nurse from Utah to the Holy Family Surgery Center at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos children’s home, where all missions currently take place, from Oct. 13-20.
While a portion of the scholarship will go to the nurses’ on-site cost, the majority of funds will go to cover the costs of the surgeries – the organization hopes to do 60 on the trip – which are free to patients.
“We are very proud of our partnership with One World Surgery because of our shared commitment to the delivery of high-quality surgical care, as well as their focus on serving those in need,” NJAASC President Jeff Shanton said in a release. “Testimony to this is the fact that NJAASC plans to extend its commitment to One World Surgery through donations by our member centers of equipment and supplies over the course of the next year, as well.”
One World Surgery hosts one or two mission teams each month, with a maximum of 60 volunteers per team.