Summit Medical Center is proud of our exceptional staff and beautiful facility. Many of our staff actually takes care to another level by generously giving their time and resources to help others in need.
An example of this is a recent mission trip to Salem, India, taken by seven of our dedicated providers. Five doctors, Dr. Steven Orcutt, Dr. Laura Smothers, Dr. Lane Smothers, Dr. Robert Allaire and Dr. Eric Linford, as well as two nurses, Jonie McFarland and Patty Sellers, set out on Jan. 18, 2018, for India with multiple bags packed with supplies to be donated. Two days later they arrived at the India Gospel League (IGL) compound called Sharon Gardens where they primarily stayed and worked for the duration of the trip. The IGL is associated with Highland Park Community Church in Casper, Wyoming, who helps to sponsor many mission trips like this one.
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The focus of this mission trip, was to provide surgical/medical care for the people of India. The type of surgeries performed were orthopedic, gynecological and general surgical procedures done over four days. Dr. Laura Smothers ran an OB/GYN clinic aside from her operating duties, making her days somewhat long. The hospital at Sharon Gardens, where the surgeries all took place, has a nursing school on campus teaching young women as young as 15 years old the skill of nursing, giving them skills for the rest of their lives. The India Gospel League (IGL) is encouraging women to learn skills to help support their families, leading to less poverty as a whole.
McFarland explained that the operating rooms at the hospital are completely made of marble so they can be cleaned more efficiently. There were two large rooms where surgical procedures took place back to back for the four days. Even though the technology was different, and communication capabilities were somewhat limited, healthcare teams from both countries came together for the sole purpose of providing healthcare to those in need. Both Sellers and Mcfarland have been on two mission trip to India and shared that the whole experience was highly rewarding, the people of India are very gracious and beautiful and they are looking forward to going again.