Posted on Nov 14, 2016 · Posted in Medical Specialties, News, Share Your Story

When physicians and medical personnel visit Tenwek Hospital for short-term medical mission assignments, they often leave knowing they have received far more than they gave. Many feel a call to serve again. Some are so inspired that they seek new ways to extend resources from the U.S. medical community to help Tenwek strengthen its medical specialty areas.

Recognizing this call among returning physicians, FOT stepped forward to help facilitate communications and support for these physician advocates. Dr. Read Vaughan, a radiologist, was the first “Champion.” Thanks to his tireless efforts to encourage and recruit his radiology colleagues, he has advanced this area at Tenwek significantly over the past several years. He developed a network of Christian radiologists to provide ongoing service and ensure full coverage at Tenwek throughout the year and has raised $200,000 to provide essential equipment and facility remodeling.

Since Dr. Vaughan’s work began in 2011, the following medical professionals have committed to champion their areas of specialty:

  • Paul Jarrett, MD – Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Philip Greig, MD – Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Jeff Hallett, MD – Gastroenterology
  • Tim Clavin, DDS – Dentistry
  • Chase Miller, MD – ENT
  • Russ Williams, MD – Oral Maxilofacial Surgery
  • Penny Hage, MS, OTR/L – Special Needs Clinic/Physiotherapy

The accomplishments of the Champions are inspiring. For example, Drs. Clavin, Miller, and Williams have worked together to help Dr. Ben Roberts, a medical missionary specializing in Ophthalmology, and others finish and equip Tenwek’s new Eye/Dental building. Dr. Clavin’s home church in Minneapolis raised over $110,000 in support of this effort.

Penny Hage, an occupational therapist, accompanied her husband Bill, an orthopedic surgeon, on a recent trip to Tenwek where she worked in the hospital’s Special Needs Clinic. Penny was moved to help initiate the Faith Fund for Special Needs, which has received over $12,000 in donations since April to help children with special needs and their families. She captured the motivation for Champions in a Bible verse that aptly describes their work:  “For we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)



Ultrasound technician Mercy Cherono evaluates a patient with the new Ultrasound machine provided through the Champions program.



What is your passion? What needs do you see at Tenwek? Champions are needed for other Medical Specialties, as well as for the Chaplaincy School, and Nursing education and Community Health areas. If you are interested, contact Dr, Read Vaughan at


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