NAPA, Calif., February 28, 2018 – Marta Flores, a Registered Nurse at St. Joseph Health, Queen of
the Valley, has been selected as one of 49 Providence St. Joseph Health
caregivers to volunteer in Guatemala with
Global Partnerships and
Faith In Practice. On Friday, March 2, Flores will begin her journey to Central America.
In her volunteer role, Flores will work with one of the team’s Physical
Therapists to assemble, fit, and provide wheelchairs to individuals with
serious mobility constraints. She will work as part of the larger surgical
ambulatory clinic. The wheelchairs are donated by the Free Wheelchair
Mission and are built for the climate and terrain in Guatemala. There
is no cost to the patients for the fitting or the wheelchair.
“In Guatemala, wheelchairs are rare and, for many people, crawling
or being carried is a way of life. Through this project, Marta will be
helping individuals find independence and mobility,” explained PSJH
Executive Communications Director, Melissa Tizon, in her
team blog as a volunteer photojournalist with Global Partnerships.
According to Manjula Prasad, Administrative Coordinator for Global Partnerships,
Flores fluency in Spanish and her experience as a Registered Nurse with
Queen of the Valley make her a tremendous asset to the team.
Flores is one of two caregivers from St. Joseph Health in Northern California
who are making the trip to Guatemala in 2018. In April, Patricia (Patty)
Scagliotti, a caregiver from St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, will volunteer
as an interpreter as part of the medical mission.
When asked why she wanted to volunteer abroad, Flores explained, “There
is a song in Spanish from a Guatemalan singer that says: ‘Jesus
is a verb, not a noun’ and I genuinely believe that. I am excited
for this opportunity to serve others with the little that I have.”
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 208-bed, acute-care facility founded
by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health
care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services
provided include a regional heart center; orthopedic center and cancer
center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons;
the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center, a neurosurgery program affiliated
with UCSF; a Women’s Center; maternity and infant care; inpatient
and outpatient minimally invasive surgery; and a full-service emergency
department and trauma center, amongst many other specialty services. More
information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at