Saint Francis Physician Michael R. Bourque, M.D., Named Daily Point of Light Honoree

(Hartford, 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 in need.   

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. 

 “I am 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.  

About 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 

Saint 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.