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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Spokane firm to equip Belize medical clinic in honor of late Catholic Charities director

the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 2, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Dave Parks (center), President of Parks Medical Corporation, will deliver a plaque, commemorating Donna Hanson’s years of service, to Corazon, Belize. Pictured with Dave are Loreen McFaul, Development Director, Catholic Charities Spokane and Rob McCann, Executive Director, Catholic Charities, Spokane. (IR photo from Catholic Charities)

When a medical clinic opens in Corazon, Belize, next month, Parks Medical Corporation will be donating a video system, endoscopes – “everything they need,” according to owner Dave Parks – inspired and influenced by the late Donna Hanson, Bishop’s Secretary for Social Ministries and director of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Spokane.

Parks said that Hanson was “a delightful, thoughtful person, very interested in other people, and also a very effective organizer. She’s someone who has done so much for so many.”

The main focus of Parks Medical Corporation is gastroendocrinology — the visualization of the internal organs of the body. They sell flexible scopes for viewing and treating various areas that would be hard to see or reach without them. “Our focus is on positive patient outcomes,” Parks said. The company serves 42 hospitals and clinics in the Midwest, as well as many in the Pacific Northwest.

There can be little doubt that Hanson would appreciate what is being done in her name. The Belize clinic will feature a plaque with Hanson’s picture and story on it. But the clinic will bear her name, since she was, in Parks’s opinion, “the Mother Teresa of Eastern Washington.

“The people down there are very excited about this,” he said. “We’re glad that Donna’s presence will be with us in Belize.”

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