Ellen Schraeder – Surgery RN

Ellen Schraeder – Surgery RN

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Ellen Schraeder, BSN, is a longtime resident of Halstead, Kansas and received her nursing degree from Wichita State University in 1983. Prior to joining the surgical team at KHH in October, 2002, she worked at the now defunct Halstead Hospital in surgery.

Volunteerism has been a central theme of Ellen’s non-working hours. “I have volunteered at the Neighbors store in Halstead for a number of years and previously served on their board for eight years.” Neighbors Store is a faith-based supported 501(c)-3 charitable organization, located in downtown Halstead which provides services, groceries and clothing to people in the USD #440 school district.

In 2002, during the time the former Halstead Hospital was closing, Ellen was approached by a nurse anesthetist (CRNA) who asked if she would like to go to on a medical mission. “It really sounded interesting and rewarding,” She was referred to Medical Ministries International, based in Allen, Texas which actively promotes and supports health mission trips throughout the world.

In January, 2003 she made her first trip to the prior colonial Spanish territory, namely, the Dominican Republic. She worked with a surgical team for two weeks removing diseased gallbladders, fixing hernias, performing hysterectomies, circumcisions and occasionally delivering babies. “We would land at Santo Domingo, the capital, and then travel by bus for three hours or so to a small rural village where we would “set-up shop” at a small twenty-bed hospital. Not having any surgical facilities at the hospital we would bring our surgical “Mash”-type unit which has two operating rooms and then we would operate Monday through Friday.”

Ellen has made travel to the Dominican Republic a yearly pilgrimage to help the less fortunate, missing only one year since 2003, due to a scheduling conflict. When asked what she likes best, she promptly replied, “Love of the people who we help. They are gracious and most thankful.” ……..This year’s trip is scheduled for January, 2013.

To learn more about these mission trips, visit http://mmint.org/.  The Neighbors store located in Halstead, Kansas is at 263 Main Street.  They can also be reached at (316) 835-2031.