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Beacon Medical Staff Traveling to Central America on Surgery Mission Trip

Two members of the Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine medical staff will once again be traveling to Central America in early January as part of a hand surgery mission trip in Honduras.

Julie Blondell, a certified hand therapist, and Occupational Therapist Jackie Joyce will join a group of surgeons, therapists, fellows and other caregivers from Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Rhode Island as part of a week-long mission trip organized by Health Volunteers Overseas, a Washington-based organization dedicated to improving the availability and quality of healthcare through the education, training and professional development of the health workforce in resource-scarce countries.

Julie will be making her fifth mission trip while Jackie will be on her fourth trip. The mission journey to Central America has taken place for nearly two decades but was halted during the COVID pandemic.

“For the first time since the pandemic, two of our hand therapists will be returning to Honduras the week of Jan. 9,” said Beacon Hand Therapy Manager Chris Ward. “This had been a yearly mission trip and we are very excited to have our therapists return.”