SIM Missionary Doctor Rick Sacra on Way to The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha

September 4, 2014
SIM Missionary Doctor Rick Sacra on Way to The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – International Christian mission organization SIM announced today that missionary doctor Rick Sacra, recently infected with the Ebola virus while serving in Liberia, is being flown to The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., for treatment.

Dr. Sacra is expected to arrive in Omaha Friday morning and begin treatment in the hospital’s Biocontainment Patient Care Unit.

“Rick was receiving excellent care from our SIM/ELWA staff in Liberia at our Ebola 2 Care Center,” said Bruce Johnson, president SIM USA. “They all love and admire him deeply. However, The Nebraska Medical Center provides advanced monitoring equipment and wider availability of treatment options.

“SIM’s global family from over 50 countries is extremely grateful for the generous cooperation of many agencies and organizations in the U.S. and in Liberia which made it possible for Rick to be brought to Omaha. It took an exceptional effort across many organizations to make this happen. We particularly thank the U.S. Department of State and its many agencies and The Nebraska Medical Center.”

The Nebraska Medical Center will hold a press conference at 4:15 p.m. CDT at Truhlsen Eye Institute, 3902 Leavenworth St., Omaha, NE.

Debbie Sacra, wife of Dr. Sacra, will be speaking to the media at 5 p.m. EDT at Albert Sherman Center, 3rd Floor Cube, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, Mass., (www.umassmed.edu).

The latest updates on SIM’s role in the Ebola epidemic in Liberia are available at simusa.org/ebolacrisis.

SIM (www.simusa.org) is an international Christian mission organization with a staff of nearly 3,000 workers from over 50 countries serving in more than 65 nations. In addition to medicine, SIM serves on every continent in areas of education, community development, public health and Christian witness. While SIM stood for Sudan Interior Mission when it was founded 120 years ago, it is now a global mission known as SIM (pronounced S-I-M).

How You Can Pray

  • Prayer for the Nation. Mobilizing churches for special prayer meetings and prayer chains on behalf of the nation. The prayer campaign continues to this day!
  • Ebola Prevention Training. Churches launching Ebola awareness campaigns to teach members and their communities how to prevent infection. Educating congregants about the history, effect, modes of transmission and prevention of the deadly virus.
  • Relief Assistance. Raising support among the churches and friends to provide food and other supplies to those impacted by Ebola.
  • Counseling Services. Offering services for those feeling the effects of trauma and grief as a result of the outbreak. Providing prayer and counseling by phone for souls in need.
  • God would grant strength and protection for the brave healthcare workers who risk their lives to care for Ebola victims
  • God would provide the resources and volunteers to continue all the critical work at ELWA Hospital in Liberia
  • God would give comfort, healing, and hope to the victims of the Ebola virus