Press Release

From NY to Iraq: Medical Equipment & Medications Donated to Iraqi Refugees

November 21st, 2018

Bethpage, NY –   Thanksgiving is a time to help others through the gift of time, donations or goods. Catholic Health Services (CHS) entities follow this philosophy year round. One example, St. Joseph Hospital (SJH), a member of CHS, and Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) partnered with Road of Success (ROS), a non-profit Christian organization helping to advance human rights in the Middle East, to help deliver beds, stretchers and medical supplies to the Dahuk Health Department’s emergency center in Kurdistan, Iraq.

Kurdistan has become the host of Yazidi and Christian refugees who were displaced from their homes because of the conflict, violence and area occupation by ISIS. More than 500,000 people were forced leave their home base, making it one of the largest population displacements in the world.

ROS became SJH’s and CMMB’s representative on the ground in Iraq, ensuring the donations of 14 stretchers, 11 hospital beds, 15 mattresses and a variety of lifesaving medications reached the refugees in need.  

“Feedback from the Iraqi Department of Health has been overwhelmingly positive,” SJH’s Vice President of Patient Safety & Clinical Program Development Ihab Ibrahim. “They were very grateful for our efforts and assured us it will make a critical impact on the medical care they are able to provide to the refugees. I’m looking forward to working with Catholic Medical Mission Board and Roads of Success in 2019, as we are planning to continue our medical relief efforts.”

For more information, call 1-855-CHS-4500.


About CHS
Catholic Health Services (CHS) is an integrated system encompassing some of the region’s finest health and human services agencies. With 18,400 employees, 6 acute care hospitals, 3 nursing homes, a home nursing service, hospice, a community-based agency for persons with special needs and a regional lab, CHS’s high standards have resulted in a 24% market share. For more information visit
About St. Joseph Hospital
Located in Bethpage, St. Joseph Hospital is a 203-bed community hospital that provides comprehensive emergency, inpatient, outpatient, critical care and surgical services.  St. Joseph Hospital is proud to hold The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval, signifying full accreditation by the nation’s predominant standards-setting body in health care.  Amongst many quality achievements, St. Joseph is also recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for GOLD quality achievements for both Stroke and AFIB.  In fact, St. Joseph is the first hospital on Long Island to earn the AFIB GOLD Quality Achievement Award.  St. Joseph Hospital is proud to be recognized for its commitment to patient safety and high-quality care.  Winner of Catholic Health Service’s Inaugural Pinnacle Award in 2014 and second place winner both in 2015 and 2016, St. Joseph is also the proud recipient of the 2017 and 2018 Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety.

About Catholic Medical Mission Board
CMMB (Catholic Medical Mission Board) is a global humanitarian organization with more than 100 years of experience in delivering the best possible health solutions to women, children, and communities living in poverty. To learn more, visit

About Roads of Success
Roads Of Success (ROS) is a Southern California non-profit organization striving to advance human rights in the Middle East and advance the quality of life for people both locally and internationally. Rather than look at the challenges that people face by region we identify challenges that can be tackled on a global level. We work with partners that can help to affect change globally, and then scale solutions to a local level. ROS is devoted to serve Middle-Eastern women and persecuted minorities by empowering them through media and education, advocating for equal rights and freedoms and supporting their needs to maximize their future potential. For more information, visit

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