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News Release Date : 01/18/2006

Doctors Fund Nigerian Wells in Honor of Sister


Dr. John Collins presents Sr. Dinah with the check.
St. Mary's of Michigan doctors believe Sister Dinah White, vice president of mission services for St. Mary’ s of Michigan, deserved a parting gift for her 11 years of missionary work for the medical center and the community. 


So, they're giving $24,000 to pay for two wells that will provide fresh water to residents in parts of Nigeria.


The international Catholic Daughters of Charity, of which White is a member, operates seven health clinics in the African nation and needs funds to continue its work and improve living conditions.


"I had a video from there I showed the medical staff executive committee and thought it would be very nice to give them a well," she said. "They gave two. I was so excited and thrilled.


The Daughters of Charity also operate health clinics in 13 African countries, with a focus on fighting HIV/AIDS infection.


"Sister Dinah has done so much for the Cathedral District," said Dr. Charles E. Jessup, emergency room physician and president of St. Mary's of Michigan medical staff. "She will be missed."


The donation for the wells -- raised mostly through membership dues from 371 physicians -- is in her name in gratitude for her 11 years of service in the community, said Dr. Mark C. Lester, vice president of clinical excellence at the hospital.


St. Mary's medical staff includes 371 doctors who pay membership dues. Some of this money is set aside each year to fund a $1,500 scholarship for a nursing student, Jessup said.
     

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