Mercy Ships is recognized for nonprofit innovation which makes a meaningful difference in the lives of those they serve.

Garden Valley, TX, August 12, 2016: Mercy Ships was named as one of the 50 semifinalists from 495 nonprofit applicants for The Drucker Prize, which will be awarded by The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University in September. The semifinalists were deemed by the first-round judges to have best met Peter Drucker’s definition of innovation – “change that creates a new dimension of performance” – in order to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the people they serve.

“Mercy Ships strives to continuously innovate, to analyze and implement best practices, and to evaluate our programs so that we make the greatest transformational change in a host country and their healthcare system,” said Tracy Swope, VP of International Programs with Mercy Ships, “and this honor from the Drucker Institute aligns perfectly with our core goals.”

“We are pleased to advance these 50 promising semifinalists to Round 2, where they will have the opportunity to learn from some of the brightest minds in the social sector, and then demonstrate how they might further leverage the discipline of innovation going forward,” said Zach First, the Executive Director of the Drucker Institute. “One organization will win $100,000 in the end – but everyone will walk away with powerful new knowledge.”

Since 1978, Mercy Ships has been deploying hospital ships to areas of greatest need and providing direct medical services and surgical training. Each field service, the volunteer crew provides approximately 1800-2000 surgeries. To date, more than 38,000 local healthcare professionals have received healthcare training. Whole healthcare systems are strengthened because healthcare professionals do not need to leave their home countries to travel abroad for training.

The Africa Mercy, the world’s largest private hospital ship, which is owned and operated by Mercy Ships, will be docked in the port of Cotonou, Benin, from mid-August through summer of 2017 to deliver life-changing surgeries and training.

The final winner will be announced in September, according to The Drucker Institute.





Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services, capacity building and sustainable development to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1.2 billion, treating more than 2.54 million direct beneficiaries. Each year Mercy Ships has more than 1,600 volunteers from 45 nations. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time. For more information click on



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For More Information Contact:
For USA: Pauline Rick
US Public Relations Coordinator
Mercy Ships
Office Tel: (903) 939-7000
Mob: (972) 922-5442

For Int’l: Diane Rickard
International Media Manager
Mercy Ships

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