An international charity founded by a Montrose area man will soon be featured on the television program “60-minutes” on CBS. Mercy Ships, an international nonprofit organization based in Garden Valley, Texas, operates hospital ships and provides medical aid to the world’s forgotten poor. The organization will be featured on “60 Minutes” on Sunday, August 4th.
Last May,”60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley and producers came onboard the Africa Mercy, the world’s largest charity ship. The Mercy Ships floating hospital includes five state-of-the-art operating rooms, an intensive care unit, CT scanner and bed space for more than 78 patients. During their stay, the “60 Minutes” crew interviewed a variety of staff, crew and volunteers including Mercy Ships Founder/President Don Stephens and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Gary Parker. Additionally, “60 Minutes” captured the stories of several patients, including those being treated for cataracts and maxillofacial conditions.
Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services, capacity building and sustainable development to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1 billion, with more than 2.35 million patients worldwide.