GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– November 29, 2022: CURE International, a Christian global nonprofit organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that operates a global network of eight charitable pediatric hospitals around the world, has announced that Fred Bw’Ombongi has joined its board of directors.
Bw’Ombongi is originally from Kenya and is a former system director at Corewell Health, formerly Spectrum Health, in Grand Rapids. He currently serves as vice president of operations at Minnesota-based Allina Health. Bw’Ombongi earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in international business from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“I have admired CURE International for many years because of its ceaseless devotion to providing hope and healing to children around the world who need it most,” said Bw’Ombongi. “The most impactful years of CURE International are surely ahead of it, and I look forward to playing my part to ensure this organization’s continued success.”
“The children who come to CURE hospitals have often been shunned by their communities; they have been rejected and scorned due to a disability. They come to CURE and experience the love and healing of God through our caring staff. I am humbled and honored to be part of this ministry that brings physical and spiritual healing to so many around the world.”
Bw’Ombongi is the recipient of the Henry Dunant Global Impact Award by the American Red Cross of Greater West Michigan and the Community Champion Award by the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. He was featured on the 40 Under 40 list by the Grand Rapids Business Journal in 2014.
“As a native of Kenya, home to CURE’s first hospital, and through his years of executive leadership in a significant healthcare network, Fred will bring a lifetime of valuable personal and professional experience that will benefit both the organization and the patients of CURE International,” said Jerry Tubergen, chairman of the board of directors of CURE International. “I am proud to welcome Fred to our board of directors.”
About CURE International
CURE International is a Christian nonprofit organization operating a global network of eight children’s hospitals that offer free surgical interventions for children living with treatable disabilities. CURE hospitals provide life-changing care for children suffering from conditions such as cleft lip/palate, neglected clubfoot, bowed legs, burn contractures, spina bifida, brain tumors, and hydrocephalus. In addition to world-class clinical service, CURE ministers to the emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their communities. Since its first hospital opened in 1998, CURE has completed more than 5 million patient visits and 300,000 life-changing surgeries. For more information, visit cureintlstg.wpengine.com.
Photo: Fred Bw’Ombongi (Courtesy Andris Visockis Photography)
About CURE International
CURE International is a Christian nonprofit organization that operates a global network of pediatric surgical hospitals, which serve one of the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable populations – children with disabilities. Patients at CURE hospitals suffer from orthopedic, neurosurgical, and maxillofacial conditions that limit their mobility/functionality and opportunities for education and employment. In addition to world-class clinical service, CURE intentionally ministers to the emotional and spiritual needs of patients in its care and invests in training programs that aim to equip the next generation of health workers and strengthen national health care systems. Since inception, CURE has conducted more than 5.3 million patient visits and 330,000 surgical procedures around the world. For more information, visit https://cure.org/.