The Newest Ship, the Global Mercy, is almost here!
Smith Engineering is pleased to share Mercy Ships announcement that the newest ship, the Global Mercy, will soon join their fleet as the world’s first purpose-built civilian hospital ship.
Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to travel to under privileged nations and provide state of the art medical care. Their mission: “To bring hope and healing to the forgotten poor.” They provide cleft palate repair, cataract removal, orthopedic procedures, facial tumor removal and much more. The hospital’s team of doctors, nurses, marine crew, and other workers are all volunteers.
Four years ago, Smith Engineering was contacted by Mercy Ships to design a water purification system for their first purpose-built civilian hospital ship. VP of Sales & Marketing, Bob Lucas, thought it was going to be a routine project until he clicked on a link in an email from Mercy Ships and saw a 60 Minutes clip about the organization. That video changed everything. Bob decided that Smith Engineering could raise the money to cover the cost of the water purification system. With Bob’s partner, Tom Devereux, on board Smith began its quest to raise money for Mercy Ships.
To date Smith Engineering has raised over $106,000 and is donating a portion of the employee time to design, build, and install the equipment.
The water purification system built by Smith will service the 6 operating rooms and and a fully equipped laboratory aboard the Global Mercy. The uniquely designed system was made to be disassembled to fit through the narrow passages of the ship and reassembled at its final destination in the belly of the ship.
All of our fundraising has been for this great event. When the Global Mercy joins the Mercy Ships fleet, it will more than double the surgical and training capacity, and it is expected that more than 150,000 lives will be changed onboard.
You can donate to our fundraiser here!
You can also play in our 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on August 7, 2020!