Scott, Neblock-Beirne earn health system's global volunteer awards

July 30, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 30, 2010) — From Kansas City to Africa, Saint Luke's Health System employees and medical staff are making an impact on patient's lives. Jan Scott and Tammy Neblock-Beirne, M.D., have been recognized for honoring the health system's mission of improving the physical, spiritual, and emotional health of local, regional, national, and international communities.

Jan Scott - 2010 Global Health Volunteer of the Year

Jan Scott, executive administrative assistant at the system office, was named the 2010 Global Health Volunteer of the Year. Scott was recognized due to her many volunteer commitments, including her work with the Salvation Army, Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity, as well as local churches and national organizations which provide volunteer service opportunities in local, national and international settings. Among her volunteer missions in the U.S., she has volunteered at the Crow Creek Indian Reservation in South Dakota and in New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Scott is preparing for her next volunteer effort in July to the Galveston, Texas, area for ongoing Hurricane Ike recovery, followed by an October trip to Huntersville, W.Va., for a variety of volunteer projects including ministry at the Denmar Correctional Facility in Appalachia–one of only five federal birthing centers in the U.S. Her international travels have taken her to the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Guatemala where she was part of medical and dental missions, homebuilding for needy families and providing transportation for patients in remote areas. Though she is involved in numerous volunteer projects at any given time, Scott said being dedicated to multiple causes was well worth the time and energy.

“I feel that volunteering makes you a better person–and a better person makes a better employee,” Scott said.

Tammy Neblock-Beirne, M.D. - Global Health Physician Volunteer of the Year

Tammy Neblock-Beirne, M.D., breast surgeon at Saint Luke's Hospital, earned the 2010 Global Health Physician Volunteer of the Year award. For the past 10 years, Dr. Neblock-Beirne has actively served with the Medical Missions Foundation and was the president in 2008-2009.

In addition to fundraising and planning events for the Medical Missions Foundation, Dr. Neblock-Beirne has led medical missions to Romania, Vietnam, Mali and Guatemala. She completed three international medical missions in 2009 alone, traveling twice to Africa and also to Guatemala. In Mali, Africa, her surgical group performed 122 surgeries and provided 1,609 clinic visits during their short stay. The 2009 visit to Guatemala yielded 8l surgeries and 609 clinic visits. Dr. Neblock-Beirne also assists with assembling the U.S. team of volunteer surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and others. She evaluates and solicits funds, along with supplies, equipment and temporary facilities the group will need.

In her nomination form, Dr. Neblock-Beirne's nursing staff noted that her vacations are spent conducting surgery in environments and facilities radically different from the facilities and accommodations at Saint Luke's, adding, “We have so much here and take so much for granted. Dr. Neblock-Beirne's stories and stewardship should inspire all of us to be good stewards locally and to realize how blessed we are to do what we do at Saint Luke's.”