“This demonstrates how Rick has such a heart for serving others and using his skills to treat those suffering from various conditions,” said Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA. “We’re so thankful for his successful treatment and recovery from Ebola. He has spent nearly 20 years serving patients in Liberia, and now he’s ready to get back to work doing the things he’s trained and gifted to perform.”
In early August, as the Ebola outbreak was spreading, Sacra volunteered to return to Liberia. In six days he worked with SIM Liberian staff to reopen ELWA Hospital, when other hospitals were closed or closing. After contracting Ebola, he was transported to The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where he successfully underwent treatment.
Sacra serves on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Family Practice Residency program and as a medical missionary with SIM.
Those interested in learning the most current information about the medical response team at ELWA Hospital in Monrovia should visit www.helpebola.org.
SIM (www.simusa.org) is an international Christian mission organization with a staff of nearly 3,000 workers from 70 nationalities serving in more than 65 countries. In addition to medicine, SIM serves on every continent in areas of education, community development, public health and Christian witness. While SIM stood for Sudan Interior Mission when it was founded 120 years ago, it is now a global mission known as SIM (pronounced S-I-M).
PHOTO CUTLINE: SIM Missionary Dr. Rick Sacra leaves the University of Nebraska Medical Center after successful treatment for Ebola Virus Disease. He returns to his medical work at SIM’s ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, on .