This project is a result of a commitment to a long-standing vision by Wongchhu Sherpa, who has taken his Everest summits and business successes to give back to his boyhood village by developing roads, water projects, and a school. When asked what he further wished to accomplish, he stated that he wishes to bring better access and quality of healthcare to his local village and lower Solukhumbu region. This project is derived from that wish.
Two organizations currently spearhead this project. Wongchhu Peak Promotion (Lakpa Sherpa, managing director) is coordinating the local and national efforts in Nepal. From the USA, HRA-USA (Everest ER), led by Drs. Luanne Freer and Eric Johnson are joined by Dr. Paul Auerbach from Stanford University to work on project planning and international coordination. The WMS is coordinating the US-based fundraising efforts and organizes treks to Nepal, the proceeds of which are donated to the hospital.
NEW! July, 2019: Here is a fantastic and compelling 19-minute video which shares more about the desperate need for the WMSH in the Solukhumbu area of Nepal, and the tremendous progress that has been made with the hospital building to date. Join the WMS in supporting this worthy effort. Donate today. MAKE A DONATION
Jen participated in one of the first treks to the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital (WSMH) site and generously donated not just money but also countless hours of her time. Her passion for bringing awareness to this hospital project and fundraising to support it was contagious. (Please see the video for more details.) In lieu of flowers, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the WSMH in her name via the donate link above. Your donation will first go toward outfitting and decorating a pediatric room at the hospital that will be named for Jen, as well as purchasing equipment to care for and comfort children. Thank you for honoring Jen with your generous donation.
Wongchhu Sherpa was a well-respected and dearly-loved friend to all who knew him. If you are friend or former client of Wongchhu Sherpa and would like to make a donation to the hospital being built in his honor, please do so by using the donate button below.
The Wilderness Medical Society will serve as the US based nonprofit coordinating finances and organization. The steering committee for this meaningful project is comprised of:
|Eric Johnson, Chair, MD, FAWM
Past-President, Wilderness Medical Society; Medical Director, Teton Co. Fire; Medical Director, Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine, Deaconess Health, Bozeman, MT.; Medical Consultant, Global Rescue, LLC; Frequent volunteer for the Himalayan Rescue Association clinics and Everest ER. NAUI instructor #22649 (ret)
|Luanne Freer, MD, FACEP, FAWM
Past President, Wilderness Medical Society; Medical Director, Yellowstone National Park; Founder/Director, Everest ER, Nepal.
|Paul Auerbach, MD, MS, FACEP, FAWM
Redlich Family Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Auerbach is one of the world’s leading authorities on wilderness medicine and emergency medicine and editor of the definitive medical textbook Wilderness Medicine. He also authors Medicine for the Outdoors and Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine. He is a founder and past President of the Wilderness Medical Society, and founding editor emeritus of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine.
|Scott McIntosh, MD, MPH, FAWM, DiMM
President, Wilderness Medical Society
|Renita Fonseca, CAE, CMP
CEO, Wilderness Medical Society
Project Director, Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital; Chair, Himalayan Yokpu Foundation; Chair, Wongchhu Peak Promotion Pvt. Ltd. Lakpa is the youngest daughter of Late Mr. Wongchhu Sherpa. Lakpa has been actively involved in the travel and tourism industry as well as social work for more than 8 years. She has dedicated herself to promoting & uplifting the entire Himalayan region of Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan onto the international tourism stage.