Monday, August 11, 2014
Since the death last year of Sue Hoffman, Certified Nurse Midwife at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital for 27 years, friends and employees have been looking for a lasting way to honor Sue’s work and memory.
In 2008, Sue volunteered in Ghana, West Africa with Project Hope, where she trained midwives. She loved her month-long experience there, calling it a “wonderful cultural exchange experience.” Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health problems, with the mission of helping people to help themselves.
The Mampong Hospital located in The Republic of Ghana in West Africa, is currently conducting a capital campaign to renovate the Maternity Wing and Women’s Hostel, and purchase new equipment and supplies. NVRH plans to raise $6500, enough to renovate the Women’s Hostel in Sue’s name. The Hostel is where new mothers stay.
A school of midwifery is associated with the Mampong Hospital. There are about 5,000 deliveries a year at the hospital, with the majority of children delivered by midwives; there are currently 3,000 women in the midwifery school.
NVRH is partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts to raise funds for the Mampong Hospital Maternity Wing and to make this donation in Sue’s name and memory. The Diocese has a long history of work in Ghana. Maggie Addai, who runs the orphanage at Mampong recently visited NVRH with her friend and long-time supporter of the orphanage, Reverend Annie Ryder of Christ Church Episcopal & Trinity Lutheran in Sheffield, MA.
Sue’s life-long work as a midwife made a huge impact on many peoples’ lives. If you would like to make a donation in her memory on behalf of The Mampong hospital, please visit www.nvrh.org. At the top of the home page, find “donate” and proceed to the donation page. Please put Sue’s name “In Memory Of.” Or send a check made out to NVRH and add a memo with Sue’s name and send it to the attention of Jennifer Layn, NVRH, PO Box 905, St. Johnsbury, VT 05891.