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Tanzanian Medical Team Visits Mercy Medical Center

Apr 05, 2013

Tanzanian Medical Team Visits Mercy Medical Center

Posted by Cindy Hickey on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 - 11:58 AM in


Dr. Damien Mpundu, medical superintendent of St. Raphael’s Hospital in Tanzania, and Luca Mmole, R.N., interim superintendent of their John Ramadani School of Nursing, visited Mercy Medical Center March 18. Their visit included observing a robotic hysterectomy performed by Mercy physician Indira Nannapaneni, M.D., obstetrician and gynecologist. This is Dr. Mpundu’s second visit to Mercy Medical Center.

Mercy Maternity Services registered nurse Linda Heitger has been a part of The TANGA Project, a collaborative project between The Anglican Diocese of Tanga and the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio to provide better healthcare to the people of Tanga. She helped facilitate their visit to observe the latest in medical technology and healthcare practices available at Mercy Medical Center. Heitger made her second visit to St. Raphael’s Hospital last January.

“Three years ago, I never could have imagined that I would have been to Tanzania twice in 17 months to help empower a faithful people to make their vision become a reality,” Heitger says. “The people of St. Raphael’s have re-emphasized to me that God works in mysterious ways.”

St. Raphael is known as the angel of healing. Heitger says the hospital staff dreams of a future where they will be able to provide the best care for the community of Korogwe. “They have created a school of nursing to staff their hospital and to provide employment for the community,” Heitger says. “They have become a true inspiration to me to continually look to the future and dream of what can be.”

Caption: Dr. Damien Mpundu observes Dr. Nannapaneni perform a robotic hysterectomy at Mercy Medical Center. Nurses Luca Mmole and Linda Heitger also look on.

About Cindy Hickey

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Cindy Hickey, Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing at Mercy Medical Center, began working at Mercy Medical Center in 1982 after completing her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University. She serves on the advisory board of About magazine and is a graduate of the 21st Class of Leadership Stark County.


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