Conn. October 14, 2013)
– Points of Light, the world’s largest volunteer organization, has named Michael
R. Bourque, M.D., a senior OB/GYN physician at Saint Francis Hospital and
Medical Center, a Daily Point of Light Award honoree for his leadership role on
the “Blue Team,” a medical missionary team with International Medical Missions
of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Bourque is the recipient of this prestigious
award honoring his commitment to bringing first-class medical services to those
Dr. Bourque is the Daily Point of Light
honoree for October 14, 2013, and is the 5,065th honoree since the
program began in 1989. He will receive a
letter and certificate from President George H. W. Bush, and a permanent
listing on the Daily Point of Light honor roll.
President George H.W. Bush established the Daily Point of Light Award in
1989 to celebrate the power of individuals, working alone and together, to
spark change and improve the world.
“Points of Light are the soul of America,”
President Bush wrote. “They are ordinary
people who reach beyond themselves to touch the lives of those in need,
bringing hope and opportunity, care and friendship.” Points
of Light continues to present the Daily Point of Light Award each weekday as a
reminder that every individual has the capacity to effect change.
overjoyed and humbled to be selected as a ‘Daily Point of Light Honoree’,”
stated Michael R. Bourque, M.D. “The
‘Point of Light’ will shine to make a difference where it matters most. Thanks to the service of the Saint Francis
medical missionary team and its hundreds of volunteers including medical,
dental, surgical, translators and general support, the Saint Francis mission
program is changing thousands of lives through surgery, lessening the burden of
ill health or disability, and transforming the way that international medical service
is being delivered by enabling communities to help themselves and have a
sustainable medical care system.”
Shortly after the 2010 catastrophic
earthquake in Haiti, Dr. Bourque’s medical missionary team was invited to the
village of Dame Marie, a remote community on Haiti’s far west coast impacted by
devastating hurricanes and in need of help. Dr. Bourque led his team to restore a small
operating room in a 16-bed hospital building to working order.
Since 2010, Dr. Bourque and the “Blue Team” have
returned to Dame Marie several times a year bringing the equipment and supplies
needed to set up a full field hospital and performing much-needed surgeries. Dr. Bourque’s missions include surgical and
medical teams, pediatrics, obstetrics and primary care. With the help of generous donations and hundreds
of caring volunteers, Dr. Bourque’s “Blue Team” continues to respond to the healthcare
needs of the community in Dame Marie, institute support services for nursing
volunteers, and provide training for Haitian medical staff.
Since its beginnings in 2001, Saint Francis’
medical missionary teams have been to four countries and have increased the
delivery of first rate care to these countries.
Points of Light
Points of Light – the world’s largest
organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to
take action that is changing the world.
Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of
nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4-million volunteers in
30-million hours of service each year.
We bring the power of people to near where it’s needed most. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org
About Saint Francis Care
Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north
central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets,
it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New
England. Other major entities of Saint Francis Care include The
Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement
Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint
Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell
Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and
Saint Francis HealthCare Partners. Johnson Memorial Medical
Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care
Center, and Home and Community Health Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner.
Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of seven major
Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the
region. For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.