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Area doctor finds calling in medical missions

June 14, 2012

Photo submitted - Dr. Jeffrey Rice, center, founder of the Rice Foundation, which provides medical care to residents of Copan, Honduras, is pictured with his his wife, Brenda, and Mary Kay Jovenitti, a nurse with the Ambulatory Surgery Center, speaking with individuals in need of surgery.

In the remote mountains and rainforests of Copan, Honduras, a region both renowned for its Mayan ruins and crippled by third-world poverty, an area doctor has established a presence in hopes of providing medical care to those in need.
The medical mission in Copan has been undertaken by The Rice Foundation, founded by Dr. Jeffrey Rice of DuBois. Among the achievements of the foundation are the creation of a birthing clinic and surgery center in a region which Dr. Rice said bore "the highest infant death rate in Central America-- and the birthing clinic was placed in that region or in that area."

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