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Dr. Forseth Explains One World Surgery Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for a medical mission scholarship through One World Surgery.

At Summit Orthopedics, we are committed to providing high-quality orthopedic care to our Twin Cities community. But we want to do more. Through the volunteer and scholarship opportunities offered by our nonprofit, One World Surgery, we are taking global steps to care for people who lack access to surgical care. Medical mission leader and hand surgeon Dr. Michael Forseth explains scholarship opportunities and other chances to support One World Surgery care initiatives.

The history behind One World Surgery

In 2009, Summit Orthopedics surgeon Dr. Peter Daly founded the Holy Family Surgery Center in Honduras to provide medical services to orphaned and abandoned children. A decade later, Summit Orthopedics cofounded One World Surgery. This nonprofit organization coordinates medical missions and offers mission scholarships to provide surgical care for disadvantaged communities abroad. To date, One World Surgery volunteers and scholarship recipients have provided dental and medical treatment to more than 20,000 patients who otherwise had no access to medical care.

The One World Surgery Scholarship

“One World Surgery scholarships offer opportunities for nurses and surgical techs to participate in our medical missions,” says Dr. Forseth. “We are grateful to the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Foundation for generously funding our scholarships. They cover program fees, round-trip airfare, food and lodging, ground transportation in Honduras, and emergency medical and evacuation insurance.” To learn more, find full eligibility details and application forms on the One World Surgery website.

Additional options to support One World Surgery

Not everyone meets scholarship requirements. However, if you would like to support One World Surgery’s mission, there are many other ways to contribute.

Donate to One World Surgery

“Surgical care at Holy Family Surgery Center can cost as little as $250.00,” explains Dr. Forseth. “While that amount is modest by our standards, it’s beyond the resources of the people we serve in Honduras. Consequently, I’ve seen firsthand how modest donations to One World Surgery transform a patient’s life.”

Make an in-kind donation

“We are grateful to the generous individuals and companies who’ve supported Holy Family Surgery Center with donations of equipment, medical supplies, and other goods,” Dr. Forseth continues. “Because it is expensive to ship in-kind donations to Honduras, we request the ability to pre-approve all in-kind donations.” Donors of approved donations are asked to pay shipping costs to a staging location within the United States.

Purchase from the One World Surgery online store

The One World Surgery online store features branded clothes, hats, gear, and more. A portion of every purchase supports One World Surgery Medical Missions. And every time you wear or gift a purchase, you show support and raise awareness about our work to address medical needs around the world.

Volunteer to join a One World Surgery team

“The Holy Family Surgery Center maintains a full-time local staff. However, our volunteer medical missions play a critical role in achieving our care objectives,” says Dr. Forseth. “Volunteers and scholarship recipients boost our ability to offer specialized medical care to more patients in desperate need. With three operating rooms, seven overnight recovery bays, a dental clinic, and an eye clinic, our volunteers have a multitude of opportunities to support surgery center operation.”

Medical missions involve a one-week commitment. One World Surgery hosts one to two mission teams per month. Currently, all missions take place at the Holy Family Surgery Center in Honduras. Each team comprises up to 60 volunteers who travel to the 2,000-acre ranch where the surgery center is located. If you are interested in volunteering, details and application forms are available at the One World Surgery website.

Medical missions deliver life-changing outcomes

“We are proud to collaborate with our One World Surgery partners in the service of world-class health care for thousands of deserving patients beyond our country’s borders,” Dr. Forseth concludes. “Today, the Holy Family Surgery Center provides 3,000 consultations and 1,000 surgeries annually to Honduran children and members of the surrounding community. Together with our partners, scholarship recipients, and volunteers, we bring world-class orthopedic care, training, and education to global communities in need.”

Summit Orthopedics supports healthy communities

Community health flourishes when specialized orthopedic care is conveniently available close to home. Summit Orthopedics is proud of our fellowship-trained subspecialty teams offering the full spectrum of orthopedic expertise in bone, tendon, ligament, muscle, and joint conditions—in addition to our wellness, prevention, and rehabilitation services. We have the expertise to proactively improve fitness, evaluate discomfort, and deliver personalized treatment to quickly and safely return you to the lifestyle you love.

Start your journey to a healthier, more active self. Visit our Facebook page to learn about our wellness services and schedule a free wellness consultation online. Find your orthopedic expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNPlymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota. 

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