Five Project HOPE medical volunteers are participating in the first leg of the U.S. Navy's Africa Partnership Station 2012 mission in Liberia and Ghana. The volunteers are working alongside Naval personnel to deliver health care and education while living aboard the HSV 2 Swift. Subsequent rotations of volunteers will also provide medical care in Benin and Togo and help support the mission in the Republic of the Congo and Cameroon.
Dr. Keith Williams, serving as HOPE Medical Director for both rotations is a first-time HOPE volunteer. Dr. Williams is an Internal Medicine Physician who has now completed his third year of a general surgical residency at Baylor as well. His past volunteer experience includes five years working with the homeless in Boston. He plans on spending this next year volunteering with Project HOPE before resuming his residency.
Dr. Russell Bowman joins the Project HOPE mission all the way from Sitka, Alaska, where he is an emergency room doctor and administrator in the U.S. Public Health Service. Formerly in the U.S. Coast Guard, Dr. Bowman has vast volunteer experience. This is his first mission with Project HOPE.
Cherri Dobson, RN, is a frequent HOPE volunteer. Currently on her seventh mission for Project HOPE, Dobson is working as a pediatric nurse while on the Swift and is functioning as the Operations Officer for the entire mission. She is a NICU and Critical Care Transport Nurse from Oakland, California.
Fran Bauer, RN, is volunteering on her second Project HOPE mission, having previously been on the USNS Mercy in 2010. Bauer is a Med-Surg and Hospice Nurse from Apalachicola, Florida. Bauer is working as a medical surgical and community health nurse in Liberia and Ghana.
Cathy Blair-Perrine, RN, is a first-time HOPE volunteer from Chester, Virginia. She has experience in both PICU and Case Management. Blair-Perrine is also working as a Medical Surgical and Community Health Nurse during the mission.
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