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Nadine Hart, (Class of 1991 ) reaches out to Uganda

Nadine Hart graduated from MSU Bozeman with a BS in Microbiology. In 1986, Hart headed off to Jacksonville, Florida for a medical technology internship. In 1991 she received her Masters in Medical Science from Emory University Physician Assistant Program in 1991. She spent another year in Florida and headed back to Montana where she has since worked as a PA for the St. Vincent Healthcare (SVH), headquartered in Billings.

At SVH, Hart has worked as a PA in a variety of capacities including rural health clinic, family practice, geriatric medicine, internal medicine and palliative care. She currently works in the Walk-In Clinic/ED department. When she first returned to Montana from Florida, she worked as the sole provider in a rural health clinic east of Billings. She did a lot of house calls, some as far as 60 miles from the clinic. Her patients affectionately called her Dr. Quinn. From there she headed off to Billings and trained with a geriatrician. She then ran a geriatric clinic.

NadineIn 2003, Hart decided it was time to pursue her dream of joining the Peace Corps. She began the Peace Corps process and was told she would be assigned to Uganda. She researched it and absolutely fell in love with the people and the country. But there was a snag. During her medical technology internship in Florida, she had done a lot of work with HIV/AIDS and had set up many TB cultures. She tested positive for TB exposure. While the Peace Corps offer was removed from the table, Hart knew that Uganda was the real message and so with the encouragement of her long-time employer, she took a three-month leave and volunteered with AIDS Orphans Education Trust (AOET). With AOET, Hart lived with a Ugandan family in a village and was assigned to the HIV/AIDS department and was also part of the Village Mobile Clinics outreach team.

 Nadine recalled her first moments in Uganda as she stepped off her plane into Kampala, the capital city. She brought with her seven tubs of medicines and supplies donated by the Catholic Medical Mission Board and others. She was stopped by customs officials. Despite her license and official documents, customs told her they would hold everything until the inspectors arrived, an event which could take days. "Fine," she said. She would wait. Told a donation might lesson the wait, Hart paid up and immediately took off to meet the Director of AOET with all her medicines and supplies intact, a real feat she was told. But Hart was thrilled to be in Uganda.

She has seen the impact one per-son can have on many, and has become an individual with impact her-self. Through travels in Uganda she met Kenny, a young man with sickle cell disease and avascular necrosis of the hips secondary to his disease.

 It became her goal to bring Kenny to the U.S. for treatment and education, and she accomplished that. But she had seen the greater need at that point. Kenny now has 2 new hips, has graduated with hi GED and attends Rocky Mountain College.

Working with others, she has founded H2O Life (Hope 2 One Life), a faith-based, non-profit organization with the mission to "provide hope, clean water, health care and educational re-sources for impoverished people".

Their work continues in Uganda, and now Sudan. In addition, they have held an educational forum in Billings on the Children of War in northern Uganda, concerning the use of children as soldiers and sex-slaves. Please read their recent newsletter and support their work if you are so moved. For more information, please contact H2O Life at hope2onelife@gmail.com or see the website at http://hope2onelife.org


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