On Tuesday, March 10, Bishop Folda and the Catholic Charities Board of Directors presented Dr. Lucho Espejo with the Caritas Award during a luncheon held at Sts. Anne & Joachim Church in Fargo, ND. Dr. Lucho Espejo was recognized for his work in providing unselfish, generous, and compassionate medical care to those in most need. There were about 120 family, friends, and supporters there to share in this recognition with Dr. Lucho Espejo who is the Medical Director at Family HeathCare which is a community health center in Fargo and Moorhead.
Family HealthCare provides exceptional medical and dental care to anyone who needs it, regardless of their ability to pay. They serve over 16,000 patients, of which nearly half are uninsured and 75% have limited financial means. Dr. Espejo has served the organization for over 20 years and has been the medical, spiritual, and public-facing personal of the organization. Family HealthCare offers services for Refugees new to the FM area. Their programs provide assistance to Refugees and New Americans with settlement logistics, guidance, and traning, as well as healthcare services such as immunizations, physicals, and other medical treatment.
Additionally, Dr. Espejo is the Chariman of the Board of Directors for the Friends of Chimbote, a non-profit organization that has partnered with the faith-based non-governmental Peruvian organization formed in 2005 by mission founders Father Jack Davis and Sister Peggy Byrne. As a native of Chimbote, Peru, Dr. Espejo was originally studying for the seminary, when violence in Peru changed his life course and he studied medicine in Peru and a medical school residency at the University of North Dakota.
Dr. Espejo’s life is rooted in his Catholic faith with him and his family as active members of Nativity Church. Dr. Espejo and his wife, Marlene, who was also a nurse at Family HealthCare, provide training, orientation, and medical treatment as part of the Refugee Health program at Family HealthCare. Dr. Espejo truly has a heart for helping the poor, tirelessly giving of his time and resources and using his medical skills to serve those in need and encouraging others to do the same in our community and far beyond. He is a tremendously bright light to the poor and the under served, especially in a world that can, at times, seem overwhelmingly dark.