KSB Medical Mission – The Final Chapter

My job for the KSB Medical Mission was very straightforward.  Bring back the same nine people that left the KSB parking lot on April 14th.

Mission accomplished.

To tie a bow around the trip, I would like to focus on three themes.

The Peruvian People

Pride, Dignity, Humor, Patience.  These are a few of the words that come to mind when I think of the people our team served.  The children are beautiful, and very happy.  The people are kind and grateful.  Even though our team’s inability to speak Spanish hampered communication, it was clear that the people were pleased to have us in their community. It was an honor to serve them.

Our Team

One of the many takeaways from the week for me is the pride I have in our team.  Our physicians care deeply about their patients.  I heard their concern about not being able to do “enough.”  Our nurses and social worker and pharmacist expressed additional ideas about how to do things differently “next time” (more on that later).  We all understood the tremendous experience we were going through together.  It was hard work, and it was taken on with humor and passion for those we served.  It was an honor to serve with them.

Our Profession

I tell our KSB Family that miracles happen every day at KSB Hospital.  Just like they occur at hospitals around the world on a regular basis.  We get the chance to ease people’s pain, calm their fears, go with them through unthinkable tragedy, and celebrate with them as family members are brought into the world.  I just cannot imagine doing anything else.  It is an honor to serve our community, even when, for one week, that community is 4,000 miles away in the Peruvian Andes.

What’s Next

Would you or your organization like to hear more about the KSB Medical Mission?  We have compiled a 20-minute presentation to bring to you.  Contact me to arrange for two or more of the team members to talk about our week.

Our dream is the KSB Medical Mission become an annual event.  Plans are now being formed for a trip in the Spring of 2019.  Look for details over the next few months.

Thanks for following along, and thank you for supporting the 2018 KSB Medical Mission.



  • Penny Johns
    Posted at 11:42h, 24 April Reply

    So glad all returned safely. A wonderfully successful “maiden voyage”!

  • PatKazmerski
    Posted at 19:20h, 24 April Reply

    Would someone be available to present a program to our church circle on Monday May 14? We have about 12 members and meet at 7:00 p.m.
    We would love to hear of your mission.

    • ksbpulse
      Posted at 12:51h, 25 April Reply

      Absolutely! I will reach out to you via email to discuss specifics.

  • Doug Tilton
    Posted at 11:44h, 08 June Reply

    Over 10% uninsured (health insurance wise) in Lee County and you go to a foreign country to provide care…and I am curious as to why a hospital exec and a lawyer needed to go?? Curious.

    • ksbpulse
      Posted at 14:22h, 27 June Reply

      Mr. Tilton,

      I certainly understand both parts of your question. Sufficient need exists right here in Lee County, and KSB Hospital is making significant strides in improving the health of the citizens we serve. There is always additional work to be done. Our board feels that the mission experience represents a teaching opportunity for both those we serve as well as those that make the trip.

      As for an administrator and an attorney on the trip, you are not alone in asking the question! With this being our “maiden voyage” we felt it appropriate that our CEO and Board Chairman experience the mission trip in order to promote future efforts. By the way, we did find something of value for Doug and me to do to assist the people of Cusco!

      Thank you for reading The Pulse.


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