December 29, 2015
Official Certificate as Knight of Grace OSJ Malta
Stephen Shaya, M.D. Of J & B Medical and Health Net Connect Inducted as a Knight into the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta
Malta–Upon the official invitation of the Magisterial House O.S.J. Malta, Stephen Shaya, M.D. was inducted with a rank and title Knight of Grace O.S.J. Malta. Stephen Shaya, M.D. said, “It is an honor to be part of the family of the legendary Sovereign Order of St. John. With this honor, I offer to support the medical advocacy of the Order. To begin with, we will offer our telemedicine solution which offers a unique combination of HIPAA and HITECH compliant video consultations, virtual house calls, FDA approved peripherals, triage and rounds, combined with the ability to take, store and retrieve patient vitals and provide care from anywhere to anywhere throughout the world. Our technology and solutions will create the next generation of medical humanitarian efforts globally.” Dr. Shaya also said that the “Knights of Malta is a 900 year old organization with a historic mission to help the sick, needy, and most disadvantaged in society. The Order of Malta provides humanitarian medical and social support in over 120 countries and helps all people regardless of religion or race. The Knights of Malta are all about service to those in need.”
Dr. Shaya quoted inspiration from both Ghandi and Gibran: “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” and “I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”
Stephen Shaya, M.D was nominated and sponsored by Princess Maria Amor. On her part, Princess Maria Amor said, “As the Minister of Cooperation of OSJ Knights of Malta, it is one of my duties to protect the honor of the Order by nominating new postulants who have the ability to support the mission and vision of the Order. Stephen Shaya, M.D. embodies the qualities of a true Knight, I believe he is a great addition to the OSJ Knights of Malta and I am honored to nominate him to receive such a noble title”. She added, “I am also very thankful to Dr. Shaya and the J&B Medical for their assistance in fulfilling the health cause of our organization, even in Malta. They are indeed a true supporter and friend of We Care for Humanity.”
Order of Malta or Knights of Malta, is a Roman Catholic lay religious order of, traditionally, a military, chivalrous and noble nature. It is the world’s oldest surviving order of chivalry. The Sovereign Military Order of Malta is headquartered in Rome, Italy, and is widely considered a sovereign subject of international law. They are modern continuation of the original medieval order of Saint John of Jerusalem, known as the Fraternitas Hospitalaria and later as the Knights Hospitaller, a group founded in Jerusalem around the year 1050 as an Amalfitan hospital to provide care for poor and sick pilgrims to the Holy Land. After the conquest of Jerusalem in 1099 during the First Crusade, it became a military order under its own charter. Following the loss of Christian held territories of the Holy Land to Muslims, the order operated from Rhodes (1310–1523), and later from Malta (1530–1798), over which it was sovereign.
Although this state came to an end with the withdrawal of the order from Malta due to the advances of Napoleon Bonaparte, the order as such survived. It retains its claims of sovereignty under international law and has been granted permanent observer status at the United Nations. The order is notable for issuing its own international passports for travel, postal stamps, along with its formal insignia, often portrayed as a white or gold Maltese cross. The order nominally invokes the Blessed Virgin Mary under the venerated Marian title of “Our Lady of Mount Philermos” as its patroness and spiritual intercessor.
Today the order has about 13,000 members, including Knights and Dames as well as auxiliary members; 80,000 permanent volunteers; and 20,000 medical personnel including doctors, nurses, auxiliaries and paramedics in more than 120 countries. The goal is to assist the elderly, handicapped, refugeed, children, homeless, those with terminal illness and leprosy in all parts of the world, without distinction of race or religion. In several countries—including France, Germany and Ireland—the local associations of the order are important providers of first aid training, first aid services and emergency medical services. Through its worldwide relief corps—Malteser International—the order is also engaged to aid victims of natural disasters, epidemics, and armed conflicts.
In February 2013 the order celebrated its 900th anniversary recognizing the Papal bull of sovereignty “Pie Postulatio Voluntatis” formally issued by Pope Paschal II on 15 February 1113, with a general audience given by Pope Benedict XVI and a Holy Mass celebrated by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone at Saint Peter’s Basilica
J & B is a privately held global health care solutions company based in Wixom, Michigan and started in 1996. J & B has sixteen different business enterprises and customers all over the world. J & B has brought many new and innovative ideas and solutions forward on delivering care and continues to strive to improve patient access and quality. At present, Stephen Shaya, M.D. oversees all strategy, innovation, and growth. In addition, his role in the company has been to measure, manage, and optimize every facet of our business. During Stephen’s tenure, the company has been able to grow from a family business to a global enterprise.
We Care for Humanity is an internationally recognized organization espousing current global issues and concerns such as Human Rights, World Peace, Education, Health and Wellness, Eradication of Poverty, Green Environment, and Empowerment.
Stephen Shaya, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
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