What happens when you take a hospital ship crewed by volunteer professionals dedicated to bringing safe surgical and medical care to those in need and double it? You see TWICE as many lives changed!
Construction is continuing on the newest Mercy Ships vessel, the Global Mercy. The ship’s exterior has been painted, and rooms are being finalized and outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment. Soon, the ship will be ready for sea trials, where the Global Mercy will be sent off to open water for a testing phase.
Our new ship’s hospital covers nearly two decks with a total of 199 patient beds — over 60% more than what is currently onboard the Africa Mercy! This increase in capacity means more tumors removed, more deformities repaired, more medical professionals trained, and more lives changed.
Once the Global Mercy is officially in service, the Africa Mercy will undergo a short period of renovations before it is once again deployed, creating our first two-ship fleet since 2007! With every day, significant changes are being made toward reaching our goal of bringing even more hope and healing!
While it takes many skills to build a hospital ship from the ground up, it takes even more to run it. The Global Mercy won’t be service ready until early next year, but we are already looking to start staffing it now for our upcoming field service, and we need your help! Currently, the Mercy Ships volunteer staffing team is looking for professionals, including the following:
- OR Nurses
- Dental Assistants
- Anesthesia Providers
- Anesthetic Assistants
- Deck Hands
- Pediatric ICU Nurses
- IS Support Specialists
- Mechanic Fitters
- AV Technicians
From medical professionals to galley staff, housekeepers, to IT experts — each crew member is an integral part of our mission! Learn how you can join us in bringing hope and healing by visiting: mercyships.org/go.