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Surgical Nurses Can Win Volunteer Trip to Africa Sponsored By IMS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Surgical Nurses who register by November 9 can win a trip to volunteer for two weeks on board the Africa Mercy, a hospital ship that will be anchored off the coast of Guinea.

Instruments of Mercy (IOM), a non-profit organization that provides surgical instrument repair to medical mission teams, will provide an all-expense-paid opportunity for a surgical nurse to volunteer with Mercy Ships in 2013. The trip is sponsored by Integrated Medical Systems International, Inc. (IMS), a surgical instrument and device management and consulting company.

“The Africa Mercy has six fully equipped operating rooms where volunteer surgical teams perform thousands of life-changing procedures,” said Toney Peer, Executive Director of Instruments of Mercy. “Instruments of Mercy has been supporting Mercy Ships with instrument repair for several years, and this is another way for us to support them while helping a surgical nurse who wants to give back.”

IMS CEO Gene Robinson said he has seen what the Mercy Ships experience has done for those who have had the chance to participate, which is why IMS is sponsoring the prize. “To be able to grant this opportunity to a nurse who wants to go is an honor,” Robinson said. “This experience brings a satisfaction that no other experience can bring you.”

Sharon A. McNamara, MS, BSN, RN, CNOR, will draw the winner, whose name will be announced on Nov. 26. McNamara was the 2005-2006 national president for the Association of periOperative Nurses (AORN).

“In my interactions with perioperative nurses around the U.S. I have heard many of them express a wish to go on a mission trip, but they could not afford the cost,” McNamara said. “This opportunity from IOM will provide these nurses with an experience that can be life-changing. This trip will provide Africa Mercy with an experienced perioperative professional who has the knowledge and wisdom to provide safe, quality care for the patients.”

To qualify for the trip, a nurse must have at least two years’ operating room experience and must fill out a Trip Release Form, a Nurse’s Check List to determine qualifications, and the Mercy Ships Application. All three of these forms can be found on the IOM website and can be faxed to Toney Peer at 678-973-2352 or emailed to The winner will be announced on November 26, 2012.

With a motto of “Helping those who Heal,” Instruments of Mercy, Inc. is a non-profit organization that restores donated surgical instruments already in the hands of healthcare providers for upcoming mission trips. Established in 2004 by Gene Robinson, CEO of IMS, IOM has refurbished equipment for more than 32 missions in 19 countries. For more information, visit

Mercy Ships is a global charity whose hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, operates off the coast of West Africa to bring hope and healing to the forgotten poor. With the support of IMS, Instruments of Mercy will make it possible for one surgical nurse to volunteer on the Africa Mercy for 2 weeks in 2013, when the ship is anchored at Conakry, Guinea. For More Information about Mercy Ships, visit

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Integrated Medical Systems International, Inc.
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Toney Peer

Source: Integrated Medical Systems International, Inc. (IMS)