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glecGreat Lakes Eye Care / Surgical Center

Vision Outreach International was birthed through the cooperation of GLEC. These doctors as well as a number of staff have become the core group of supporters in volunteerism, training, and financial support. Great Lakes Eye Care has provided storage and office space to VOI since its inception. In 2016, GLEC helped VOI obtain additional space and resources in its buildings for a Global Headquarters. Most all of these doctors have gone on short-term medical eye missions, but several have served overseas for an extended period. We hope to continue offering enrichment experiences to their staff in the coming years.

  1.  David N. Brown, M.D. - Kenya
  2. Stan Pletcher, M.D. – Shell, Ecuador
  3. Michael Seward, M.D. – Zimbabwe / Papua New Guinea
  4. Nick Patel, M.D. – various countries
  5.  David L. Cooke - Honduras

 

swmcfSouthwestern Medical Clinic (SWMC) and Foundation

SWMC is a part of the local Lakeland Hospital system and was started in the 1950s by Weldon Cooke, M.D., David L. Cooke’s father, as a place for mission-minded doctors, of all specialties, to learn how to be full-time missionaries. The practice has grown over the years and includes numerous missionaries who have served abroad in full-time and short-term mission endeavors. Vision Outreach has connected with several of these doctors for eye care missions.

  1.  Dan Snyder, M.D. – Dessalines, Haiti
  2. Ben Roberts, M.D. / John Spriegel, M.D. / Michael Chupp, M.D. – Tenwik Hospital, Bomet, Kenya
  3. Dan Stephens, M.D. – Karanda Hospital, Zambabwe
  4. Ron Baker, M.D. – Sierra Leone
  5. Cam Gongwer, M.D. – (SWMC Foundation Board member) – Ghana

SWMC Foundation, a separate 501(c)3 organization, has given financial assistance to VOI for several of its mission endeavors.

 

cenChristian Eye Network

Christian Eye Network was founded by Stan Pletcher, M.D. in conjunction with Mission Eyes Network. Later it became its own entity under the direction of Stan Pletcher. It serves as a job placement organization, striving to connect Christian doctors with Christian practices for Work and Mission. The employees of CEN (Drew Caldwell and Bryan Glanzer) have promoted missions and assisted VOI at stateside trade shows.

 

eyemobileyeMobil Innovations

eyeMobil is a for-profit organization founded by Stan Pletcher, M.D. for the purpose of researching and manufacturing high quality mobile eye care equipment for international surgical eye care. Vision Outreach International assists eyeMobil in field-testing and vetting equipment. Approved items are promoted and sold through our website with an agreement with eyeMobil.

 

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Appasamy Associates / Ellis Ophthalmic Technologies, Inc.

Appasamy Associates is an Indian-based for-profit organization that develops ophthalmic surgical instruments. Vision Outreach has been using these instruments on their eye missions and has formed an agreement with Appasamy in order to sell their instrument sets to international mission surgeons.

 

mmdMicro Medical Devices

Micro Medical Devices is a for-profit organization that sells a portable A-scan unit which works well for mobile missions. VOI has an agreement with MMD in order to sell their devices to international mission surgeons.

 

aravindAravind Eye Hospital - MSICS book and Webinars

Aravind Eye Hospital is a premier hospital system in India that has pioneered and perfected the MSICS procedure. Vision Outreach International gained permission to digitize their 185 page MSICS training manual with 30+ videos for free download through our www.globalsight.org web portal. We have also partnered with Aravind in hosting and producing several webinars.

 

cureblindnessCure Blindness - Himalayan Cataract Project

Geoff Tabin, M.D., Matt Olivia, M.D. and others work in Nepal, Ethiopia, and several other countries doing similar work to that of Vision Outreach International. We have worked with this organization in hosting webinars and in digitizing their manual on MSICS. These doctors also help us discover mobile tools and equipment suitable for international missions.

 

ascrsASCRS Foundation

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS) has played a large role in the development of networks and resources for MSICS training through their support of the Global Sight Alliance digital web portal. In collaboration with numerous organizations, Vision Outreach remains on the cutting edge of international eye care needs and connections. Doctors and medical professionals all around the globe can access these resources.

 

seeintSEE International (Surgical Eye Expeditions)

SEE International offers free consumable products for VOI training camps and mission endeavors. Each American doctor is responsible for becoming a SEE affiliate for a small yearly fee. The international host doctor is responsible for securing an invitation from the Ministry of Health for their country. SEE International also fills the gap for equipment needs for short-term international endeavors.

 

cosChristian Ophthalmology Society (COS)


COS is a group of Christian ophthalmologist that meet together yearly for a family-friendly conference in August that is hosted at various locations around the United States. The conference usually incorporates medical and mission related topics in addition to Christian fellowship. Many of the missionaries who assist Vision Outreach in international work attend this meeting as well as the Prayer breakfasts that are held at the annual AAO and ASCRS meetings. Stan Pletcher, M.D. is currently the president of this organization.

 

Mission Agencies
Vision Outreach International has formed numerous partnerships with like-minded mission agencies and non-profits. They have networked with these organizations in various ways such as: joint mission endeavors, referrals, equipment lending, supplies, marketing, publicity, and support staff. Here is a list of organizations in our network.

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