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Two Jackson & Coker Executives to Accompany Medical Missions Brigade to Honduras

Jackson & Coker executives Tony Rico and Steve Saslona to participate in a medical missions brigade to Honduras, sponsored by Jackson & Coker in concert with Mission Predisan.

Alpharetta, GA (Vocus) April 22, 2010 -- Later this month, Jackson & Coker ( will again help sponsor a medical missions brigade to Honduras, and accompanying the group will be Tony Rico and Steve Saslona from the firm’s management team.

The medical brigade will consist of Anesthesiologists, Surgeons, Surgical Assistants, Nurses, Physical Therapists and other healthcare providers who volunteer their time to treat patients in an underserved area of Central America. Jackson & Coker’s team will coordinate their efforts with Mission Predisan, an organization that operates medical facilities throughout Honduras.

For the first time, another provider making the trip will be a Psychiatrist, who will treat patients at the Predisan Rehabilitation Center. Clinicians at the facility provide individual, family and group therapy, as well as addiction treatment and spiritual counseling.

“We are pleased that several members of our management team will be participating in this latest medical missions trip, along with dedicated practitioners who are willing to volunteer their time and services,” mentioned Sandra Garrett, President of Jackson & Coker.

Personal perspectives

Tony Rico, Senior VP of Operations with Jackson & Coker, remarked, “I have heard about the experiences of others who have gone on the medical missions trips previously, and I was impressed by what they shared from their perspective and personal contribution. In each instance, they felt they got back more than they gave—a great lesson of life for everyone—and benefitted from a truly life-changing experience.”

Steve Saslona, company Controller, echoed a similar thought as he prepared for this trip: “I consider myself very fortunate for all that I have, both personally and professionally. I see this as a real opportunity to give of myself and hopefully touch the lives of others.”

In the past, the medical brigades have performed, in one week’s time, several dozen surgeries and provided other medical assistance to residents of the Catacamas section of Honduras. Spearheading these medical mission trips is Jackson Healthcare Charities, one of the charitable organizations associated with Jackson Healthcare (

“In keeping with our organization’s philanthropic initiatives, Jackson Healthcare Charities is pleased to again co-sponsor a medical brigade to Honduras,” said Chad Jackson, JHC Director. “Word of our upcoming visit has spread throughout the community, and we’re certain that our volunteer caregivers will be kept busy treating patients of all ages with a wide range of medical conditions.”

What participants expect

This trip represents a brand new experience for both Tony and Steve. They are somewhat familiar with what to expect, based upon the experience of other Jackson & Coker associates who have previously served on the medical missions teams.

“I understand the activities are very well organized, so I expect to be entrenched in the entire experience and do anything and everything I can do to help—whether it’s mopping floors, helping with the camera equipment or being a ‘go-fer’ in the surgical area,” Tony remarked.

“I’m also willing to pitch in and help in any way possible,” Steve said. “I believe my true purpose for going on the trip will not be realized until after I have gone. In all, I’m very excited to participate in this mission trip and represent Jackson & Coker.”

Both volunteers view their involvement as an expression of the core values shared by Jackson & Coker and Jackson Healthcare Charities.

“This volunteer mission is just another example of how Jackson & Coker can make a difference in the lives of people who are in need of quality medical care,” Steve noted. “The medical staff we bring along shares this commitment to improve the well-being of those served through medical volunteerism.”

Tony added, “Both companies stress the values of putting others first and giving back in ways that make a significant impact. As a father, I hope to instill these values in my children as they grow up and take their place in society. Without a doubt, ‘It’s all about gratitude, not attitude.’”

Also accompanying the group will be Scott Garrett, the manager of biomedical engineering at a major medical center in Atlanta, Georgia. He has twenty years’ experience in biomedical engineering and will make sure all the medical equipment is functioning properly.

“Although I’ve never participated in medical missions before, I look forward to the professional challenge of offering technical assistance to make sure that everything runs smoothly for those who provide direct patient care. Sometimes it’s the ‘little things’ that make a difference in ensuring effective medical operations,” Scott observed.

About Jackson & Coker
Begun over three decades ago, Jackson & Coker has been a leader in physician recruitment through the placement of physicians in both permanent placement and locum tenens physician jobs. The firm specializes in anesthesiology jobs, CRNA jobs, neurology jobs, psychiatry jobs, surgery jobs, primary care jobs as well as emergency medicine jobs. Headquartered in metro Atlanta, the firm has earned a reputation for providing cost-effective, time-sensitive solutions to both government and commercial health care organizations. The recruitment staff works in two divisions of the company: Retained Search, which places physicians in over 40 medical specialties in permanent staff positions, and Locum Tenens, a staffing model that recruits medical providers (physicians and CRNAs) for temporary vacancies.

Jackson & Coker has earned a “Gold Seal” designation as a “Certified Health Care Staffing Service” by the Joint Commission and is affiliated with a credentials verification organization (JH CVO) that has received certification by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in ten out of ten credentialing elements.

The firm also produces the online monthly Jackson & Coker Industry Report that offers timely articles, special reports, white papers, industry surveys and other matters of interest to the medical community at large. Here’s the link to JCIR:

About Jackson Healthcare

Founded by the healthcare innovator Richard Jackson, Jackson Healthcare serves more than two million patients in nearly one thousand hospitals each year. The Jackson family of companies provides physician and clinician staffing, anesthesia management, hospital management and healthcare information technology solutions proven to improve clinical and financial outcomes, as well as increase operational efficiency. Jackson Healthcare has earned national media coverage for its physician polls and champions local and international charitable work. In addition, Jackson has been recognized as one of the largest and fastest growing staffing companies in the country by the Inc. Magazine, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Georgia Trend and Staffing Industry Analysts. For more information about Jackson and its companies, visit Jackson Healthcare. Jackson's research reports are available at

About Mission Predisan

Mission Predisan is a Christian healthcare system, serving both the people of Catacamas, Honduras and 49 nearby rural areas of eastern Honduras. Founded in 1986, Mission Predisan consists of nine staffed facilities that collectively provide nearly 40,000 patient contacts annually. For more information, see


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