At Midlands Clinic, we are proud to have team members that not only show care and compassion for the patients they see in our clinic every day but who carry that attitude outside of work as well. Shari Moon, one of our nurses in our bustling Gastroenterology department, loves spending her free time volunteering. She has volunteered her time at her church, at the soup kitchen, and last year made the decision to volunteer at Clinica Esperanza, a healthcare clinic in Roatan, Honduras.
As mentioned above, Shari is no stranger to volunteering and giving back. From experiencing her own hardships growing up and becoming a mother, to going through nursing school and caring for others day in and day out, she knew she wanted to do what she could to help others everywhere. She has volunteered for and with her church in the past and has always wanted to do a mission trip. A couple of years back when vacationing in Honduras, Shari learned about the clinic from the town guide and kept the information in the back of her mind. Later, as she was getting serious about doing a mission trip, she thought of this clinic and having had some familiarity with the area already, researched Clinica Esperanza and signed up.
The area in which the clinic is located is quite poverty-stricken. The clinic started many years ago when the founding RN moved down there and people began lining up at her home to receive healthcare and advice. Eventually, she moved her services from her home into a clinic location and has been providing healthcare, dental, laboratory, and pharmaceutical care to the people of the area since.
In January of 2020, Shari was able to make the trip to help out! Shari’s efforts volunteering were various; she could be working triage, providing treatments, working the pharmacy, or providing outreach services. The clinic workers and volunteers would sometimes go into the community to homes in areas they knew were in desperate need of healthcare services, or to simply donate items such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, or rice and beans.
After her trip in January of 2020, Shari very much wanted to return but the pandemic has interfered with those plans. In the meantime, she volunteers at the soup kitchen here in Sioux City twice a month.
When asked how this mission trip affected her, Shari explained, “it’s easy to get caught up in what we view as our own struggles, from waiting in line to minor traffic delays. After helping at Clinic Esperanza I learned to slow down a bit and not take things for granted. I realize I am very blessed, and the least I can do is give what I can to those who need it.”
If you’d like to learn more about Clinica Esperanza, click here! We’re proud of Shari for lending her kind spirit and healthcare expertise to those in need, and we are so proud to have her on our Midlands team!