The Act of Compassion initiative started when a group of physicians at LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital decided to give back to their community amid the difficult times the country was going through and that is by allocating a share of their remuneration fees to fund medication and medical supplies to support the elderly.
The Act of Compassion initiative consists of several activations carefully thought of to provide different health care solutions and assistance to support various clusters of the Lebanese community. It includes free consultation, tests, vaccinations and other supplies to people in need, an outpatient primary care consult, a provision of medical supplies to the needy and finally, a mobile clinic to be launched in the near future and that is meant to visit rural areas in Lebanon to provide the necessary medical care.
The Act of Compassion initiative is truly the result of the effort of several members of the LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital:
The Nursing Department held and for the second time the 1 KG Campaign, that consisted in collecting and distributing necessities to families in need.
Additionally, a group of physicians, residents, dietitians and pharmacists partnered with Vision Care NGO and visited rural regions in Zahleh and Baalbeck. With the help of this medical team, over 350 patients in Zahleh and Nabha were examined and got their regular check-ups in one day.
Residents also got the chance to visit elderly patients at their homes, a visit that was highly appreciated around the holiday season.
A committee among physicians visited a residential care center for elderly people in Ain El Remmaneh where they identified their daily need in term of equipment, clothes, supplies and medications. A long-term plan has been put and the 1st wave of supplies started accordingly.
Also, on Friday December 20th, the medical center hosted a party for the 378 children of staff members where gifts and food bags were distributed.
Last and certainly not least, the LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital launched the outpatient primary care consult on Saturday the 1st of February, offering Lebanese citizens who don’t have a national social security coverage or medical insurance policy a generic checkup every Saturday from 8am to 12pm at a symbolic fee.
This Act of Compassion initiative that was first ignited by a group of LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital physicians quickly grew to include more members of the hospital. Indeed, future activations will be carried out by physicians, staff and faculty members of both LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital and the School of Medicine with the objective to ease the tough burden of the economic situation on the Lebanese people.
Through the Act of Compassion initiative, LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital reinforces its mission of healing with compassion and sends a strong message of solidarity, support, and love to a society that is in dire need of help.