Lee Students Complete 20th Year Of Medical Mission Trips To Central America

Friday, September 13, 2013

For the 20th consecutive year, pre-med and health science students from Lee University traveled to Guatemala and Honduras during the summer to provide medical care for those in need. 

Students departed for the Guatemalan city of Huehuetenango, where they stayed during their trip. The group served more than 1,500 patients in 10 clinics over a 16-day period.

The team served under the direction of the Iglesia de Dios Evangelio Completo District Supervisor Estuardo Clara Vela and worked with local health care providers in order to ensure proper continuity of care. Dr. Jeri Veenstra, professor of health science at Lee, was the faculty sponsor and dentist for the trip. 

Along with receiving service hours and course credits, participating students learn more about the need for competent health care workers in poverty-stricken areas.

“The primary goal of our program is to introduce and encourage students in providing health care for the poor throughout their careers,” said Dr. Veenstra.

This year’s Guatemala team consisted of Lee faculty, students and alumni, along with a few friends and family, and included Dr. Erin Bailey, Jared Barton, Rachel Boltniew, Ankita Chaudhari, Elliot Edwards, Amanda Gibbs, Dr. Lorin Holst, Michelle Holst, Alex Huelskamp, Laura Jones, Billie Jones, Shelby Lane, Kelsey Lovingood, Bradley Oroszi, Lynnette Riley, Bedford Smith, Willa Smith, Jim Veenstra, Dr. Jeri Veenstra and Laurie Womac. 

In addition to the Guatemala team, another group of Lee students, under the direction of Ms. JoBeth Boyer, Dr. Eddie Brown, Dr. DeWayne Knight, and Dr. Keven Bowdle went to serve with Dr. Martin and Wendy Williams at the Jungle Hospital in Rio Viejo, Atlántida, Honduras.

Both teams were able to provide medical, pediatric, dental, optometric, and pharmaceutical care to the local villages in their respective areas. They also partner with area pastors in order to ensure that spiritual, as well as physical, care is available for those who need it. 

Other team members included Renee Brown, Jackson Bowdle, Janay Boyer, and Lee students Taylor Bailey, Garrett Bowdle, Anita Chukwu, Zack Deering, Chad Flora, Christina Grimsley, Christin Henry, Cedrica Postenrieder, Michelle Spangler and Baylor Spotts. 

Working with the Williams’ ministry, Healing Hands Global, the Honduras team was able to see over 750 patients in seven villages.  Four clinic days at the Jungle Hospital were also included.  

“In the five years Lee has been partnering with HHG Honduras, the 25,000 residents of this isolated region have become measurably healthier,” said Boyer.  “Through the generous support of Lee, plus numerous grants by medical non-profits, the Lee team brings in between $75,000 and $200,000 in pharmaceuticals to minister to the people of Honduras.” 

For more information on this or other Global Perspective trips, please contact 614-8357, or visit http://leeuniversity.edu/global/



Ron Travis, Key Educational Leaders Seek Tennessee Promise Mentors

State Representative Ron Travis joined with key educational leaders in seeking mentors for the state’s new Tennessee Promise plan which was adopted by the legislature earlier this year. The Tennessee Promise plan allows for last dollar scholarships to community college or colleges of applied technology for Tennessee’s high school seniors. “Last dollar” means the state will ... (click for more)

UTC Computer Science, Electrical Engineering Students Participated In Maker Faire

Dr. Craig Tanis and a group of UTC computer science and electrical engineering students took the blue and gold to Maker Faire in Chattanooga, described as “the Greatest Show (and Tell) on earth.”  Families were invited to First Tennessee Pavilion where people showed what they have made and shared what they learned. Dr. Tanis, who teaches Video Game Development in the College ... (click for more)

Attorneys For Life Care Centers Of America Seek Direct Appeal On Key Issue In Federal Lawsuit

Attorneys for Life Care Centers of America are seeking a direct appeal to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on a key issue in the case in which the federal government is seeking millions of dollars in reimbursements, plus treble damages, against the Cleveland, Tn.,-based firm. The attorneys want to appeal a decision by Federal Judge Sandy Mattice that would allow the testimony ... (click for more)

Couple Die In Wreck In Marion County After Vehicle Goes Off Highway In A Curve

Two people died in a wreck in Marion County late Saturday night. The victims were identified as Glenda White, 33, of Palmer, Tn., and Jeremy Braden, 28, of Gruetli Laager, Tn. Both were ejected from their vehicle. They ran off the left side of Highway 108 at a curve while going north. The vehicle went through a fence into a field, before striking a tree and then coming ... (click for more)

Frances Pope Is The Only Answer For East Ridge Mayor

The time is upon us to stand together for a change, a changing of the guard for the better.  A time to elect officials that will actually listen to all the citizens that have concerns. A time to come together to watch East Ridge grow with new development. A time to elect the people in charge of the direction the city goes. A time when community involvement is essential. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UT Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet!

Just moments before Florida would seal a football 10-9 victory over Tennessee in early October, the student section in Neyland Stadium stooped to a new low when it vociferously chanted, “F*** you, Florida! F*** you, Florida!” It was shocking, a loud and vulgar display of all that sportsmanship isn’t, and served as a great embarrassment to Knoxville and the university. Jimmy Cheek, ... (click for more)