Two Boulder Community Health Foothills Hospital nurses have been featured
in a newsletter for
Alliance for Smiles, a non-profit whose mission is to repair children's cleft lip and
palate anomalies in under-served areas of the world.
Nurses Kathy Reece and Jennifer "Emma" Hill met three years ago
while working in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) at Foothills Hospital.
Between them, they have volunteered for well over 30 missions from Mexico
to Myanmar over the years. They recently found themselves working together
on the same mission where they were recently photographed and interviewed
by Alliance for Smiles.
Both happened into the medical mission field by chance, filling in for
nurses who had dropped out at the last second. Now, neither of them can
really imagine life without the volunteer work.
“It’s an addiction,” Emma told Alliance for Smiles. “You
really feel like you’re making a difference."
“[Every mission reminds you] why you went into nursing,” Kathy said.
Both Emma and Kathy have children, and Kathy’s daughter, Elizabeth,
joined her on the mission to Myanmar as the sterilizer, the pharmaceutical
student’s first ever mission.