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The Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF), a global medical humanitarian organization honored Mayor Sylvester Turner in recognition of his contributions to helping the city of Houston, Texas to become a worldwide leader in health and life sciences. Mia Gradney, three-time-Emmy award-winning KHOU Anchor, was the mistress of ceremonies for this inaugural global medical missions event.
Attendees heard first-hand about the challenges of providing health care in the developing world and how Houston is seen as the global center for bringing healing to the world.
Mayor Sylvester Turner was recognized for his contributions over the years, first as a member of the Texas State House and then as mayor, to making Houston a global leader in health and life sciences. Accepting the recognition on the mayor’s behalf was David E. Persse, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, Physician Director for EMS, Medical Director for the fire department and Public Health Authority for the Department of Health, City of Houston.
MBF’s President and CEO, Andrew Mayo in an interview with Mia Gradney, addressed the changes impacting the future of international medical missions. Specifically, Mayo addressed what is taking place over the next ten years to create effective sustainable medical networks that will bring healing to developing countries that need it most. “What is taking shape is a new countrywide network approach that will build upon the legacy of mission hospitals and equip them to survive and maintain their mission going forward,” Mayo said. “This all comes back to where MBF started over 55 years ago - creating sustainable models.”
“MBF has built its years of success on partnership,” Patrick Coughlin said. “And partnerships are exactly what we intend to continue to build in the future.” Coughlin is MBF’s Vice President of Partner Engagement.