City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

February 21, 2005

Medical center empoyees buy livestock for Tanzania

TOWSON -- Empoloyees of St. Joseph Medical Center have given $12,000 to buy chickens and goats for the poor of Tanzania, the medical center said in a statement.

Tony LaPorta, laboratory manager, and Polly Ristaino, infection control manager, left recently to provide health care and bring medical supplies to Karatu, Tanzania, where St. Joseph has been participating in a Village Wellness Program since 2001.

The program is supported by a three-year $324,000 grant from the Mission and Ministry Fund of Catholic Health Initiatives and a $25,000 grant from the Sisters of St. Francis in Philadelphia, the medical center said. The decision to buy livestock through Heifer International was made by the St Joseph staff.

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