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Episcopal Church of Panama dedicates its first Clinic
by Tzeitel Allen
PANAMA 050414-3
April 14, 2005

[Iglesia Episcopal de Panamá - Central America] The first Episcopal medical facility in Panama was dedicated on Wednesday, February 26, 2005 beside the Santa Cruz (Holy Cross) preaching station, in the Community of Teca, at 90km from the city of David, Province of Chiriquí and close to the Panama Costa Rica border.

"This clinic is very important for us as a Church because it means that we are assisting not only the community of Teca, but also other people. We provide service to more or less 6 communities, one of them extremely impoverished, so it's good to have the clinic," said Mrs. Iris Morales, founding member of the Santa Cruz preaching station.

The medical team assigned to this area is lead by the missionaries from the Diocese of South Carolina, Dr. John Dubois and his wife, the nurse, Sharon Dubois. They are members of the diocesan Medical Team Program in Panama, and were instrumental in the process of raising funds and building the clinic. The Dubois have visited the community of Teca monthly, since 2002, with the consent of the National Health Department and the help of local and foreign volunteers.