Jackson Healthcare Charities Sponsors Medical Mission to China

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Cub Reporter Interviews JHC Directors of Philanthropy

It was exciting and quite educational to interview two charitable foundation directors as part of my intern assignment with Jackson & Coker

"It was exciting and quite educational to interview two charitable foundation directors as part of my intern assignment with Jackson & Coker," mentioned Lakshmi Onofri, a marketing intern and cub reporter who gathered information for an article concerning a recent medical mission trip to China for the Jackson & Coker Industry Report http://www.jacksoncoker.com/physician-career-resources/newsletters/default.aspx

During two weeks in August, Jackson Healthcare Charities and the Jackson Family Foundation sponsored a medical brigade to southeastern China to perform surgeries and provide other patient care to residents in medically underserved areas.    

"Based on our success in sponsoring similar medical missions to Honduras, we were quite pleased with the results we saw during our recent trip to China," said Chad Jackson, co-director of philanthropy for Jackson Healthcare Charities.

"Our trip was co-sponsored by the Chinese Agape Foundation, a U.S. organization that provides medical relief and manages orphanages and other foster care to Chinese children," he explained. "Knowing the countryside, customs and language of the inhabitants, the Chinese Agape representatives proved to be a highly valuable asset to our medical brigade."

During the two-week visit, doctors, nurses, rehab specialists and other caregivers drawn from the provider pools of Jackson & Coker and other staffing firms associated with Jackson Healthcare performed 82 operations, including 77 cleft palate, cleft lip and open heart surgeries.

"Another objective of our trip was to visit Jackson Family Foundation Christian Care Center," noted Carlyn Jackson, co-director of Jackson Family Foundation. "Our aim in building and staffing this facility is to provide for orphaned children a wholesome living and learning environment that reflects fundamental Christian values," she added.

The Jackson Family Foundation Christian Care Center is slated to be completed by the end of October 2009. The orphanage is located in the area of Zigong, which was hard hit by the Sichuan earthquake in May 2008. When completed, it will house ten to fifteen staff members and 150 children--including orphans as well as children whose parents cannot afford to raise them.

"In interviewing Chad and Carlyn, I was moved by their deep concern to put their personal faith and charitable instincts into concrete action in ways that have longstanding benefit to the underserved communities they reach out to," commented Ms. Onofri. "Their fondness for the Chinese children, in particular, was expressed strongly in their recollection of participating in the medical brigade. To them, it was 'worth it all to see a child smile after a successful facial reconstructive surgery,'" she recounted.

Jackson Healthcare Charities has been involved with the Chinese Agape Foundation for more than four years. The organizations plan to co-sponsor additional medical mission trips to China in the future.

Jackson Healthcare has created a website--http://www.MedicalMissions.org --to promote medical volunteerism around the globe. The website enables religious or secular health-focused organizations to connect with physicians, nurses, rehab specialists and other caregivers who wish to volunteer their medical services to underserved communities around the globe.

The article written by Ms. Onofri, entitled "Medical Missions in China: An Intern Experiences the Compassionate Side of Health Care," can be accessed at (http://www.jacksoncoker.com/physician-career-resources/newsletters/articles-surveys/China.aspx).

About Jackson Healthcare Charities

Jackson Healthcare Charities is the philanthropic arm of Jackson Healthcare, headquartered in Alpharetta, GA. Jackson Healthcare Charities sponsors a number of organizations, programs and events that reflect the corporate philanthropic outreach of Jackson Healthcare in the metro Atlanta area, throughout Georgia, and in Honduras and China. Additional information about the organization is available at http://www.jacksonhealthcare.com.

About the Chinese Agape Foundation

The mission of the Chinese Agape Foundation is to provide physical and spiritual care for millions of underprivileged adults and children in China. Headquartered in Peachtree City, GA, this not-for-profit organization sponsors orphanages in five Chinese provinces along with medical brigades. Their website, http://www.chineseagape.com, further explains their organizational outreach goals.

About Jackson & Coker

Jackson & Coker (http://www.jacksoncoker.com) headquartered in metro Atlanta, is a leader in the physician-staffing industry. With over 31 years of continuous business operations, the firm has earned an enviable reputation for providing cost-effective, time-sensitive solutions to both government and commercial health care organizations. The firm has two divisions: Retained Search, which places physicians in over 40 medical specialties in permanent opportunities, and Locum Tenens, a staffing model that offers providers for temporary vacancies.

Jackson & Coker has earned a "Gold Seal" designation as a "Certified Health Care Staffing Service" by the Joint Commission and is affiliated with a Credentials Verification Organization, JH CVO, which has received certification by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in ten out of ten credentialing elements.


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