Throughout our history, Adventist HealthCare’s people have committed themselves to serving our neighbors– including those in our global community. Many of our doctors participate in charity care around the world.
For instance, Dr. Israel Alter, an OB/GYN who practices at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, recently returned from his second trip to Tanzania, where he spent two weeks volunteering. Dr. Alter worked in Karatu, in the rural north of the country, at a medical clinic run by the Foundation for African Medicine and Education, or FAME. The group aims to improve the quality and accessibility of medical care in Tanzania, which the United Nations identifies as one of the poorest countries in the world.
Dr. Alter got involved after hearing about the organization from a medical-school friend, a cardiologist with whom he’s made both of his trips.
“We see patients all day with the local medical providers,” he said. “I saw primarily OB and GYN patients. They are trying to build an OB clinic, so I helped with that.” But the real purpose, he said, was to provide training in his specialty to local providers, who are mostly “medical officers” with broader knowledge.
The doctor is humble about his service, like so many of our caregivers who go beyond their daily duties in our hospital to help those in need.