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