Laura Hart - Mon Aug 21, 2017 @ 01:45PM
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I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for the last week. It truly was the most incredible experience I've ever had and I would've never dreamed I would get to do all that I did. Thank you so much for letting me be apart of the team. Every person on the team was so willing to teach me and I'm so thankful for the patience they had and the opportunities they gave me. Not only did the procedures and medical care I got to do help me learn so much, but the advice of all of the doctors and nurses left such an impact on me. I'm left so thankful, excited, and motivated for my future. I appreciate everything you put into organizing, prepping, and making the trip run smoothly; it couldn't have all happened without you and Bert! Thank you for being such a sweet soul and someone I really look up to, and I hope that I will have the opportunity to join you in serving the people of Puerto Plata again!

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Laura Hart - Wed Apr 13, 2016 @ 02:55PM
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275 patients have received ENT, General or gynecological surgeries 

Cataract surgery - 30 pts

Vein Sclerotherapy - 56 patients with multiple procedures on each pt

Dental - 458 patients

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Laura Hart - Wed Mar 16, 2016 @ 12:15PM
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The public hospital in Puerto Plata, where we operate, is a very poor hospital. After our mission trip there in 2013, we were able to donate a cautery machine and 2 suction machines and saw the desperate need for updated equipment in the OR. In the fall of 2015, HMC spent over $70,000 on refurbished equipment and shipping to Hospital Ricardo Limardo. These are just some of the items...4 Anesthesia machines, 2 Anesthesia monitors, 2 Ventilators, 1 Ultrasound machine, 1 Crash cart and Defibrillator, 5 Vital signs monitors, 4 sets of Operating room lights, 2 Operating room tables, 3 Suction machines, 5 Stretchers, 2 Hydraulic exam tables, 3 Wooden fixed exam tables, a Centrifuge and an Autoclave.

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Laura Hart - Tue Mar 15, 2016 @ 03:01PM
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The April 9th, 2016 7 PM event at the Grand Stafford will benefit the Hispaniola Medical Charity whose mission is to provide medical, surgical and dental care to the impoverished people on the island of Hispaniola, the home of Haiti on the west and the Dominican Republic on the East. They are accomplishing this through surgical and dental missions, education, medical school scholarships and procurement of supplies and equipment, but they have only just begun and need your support to continue!

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Laura Hart - Tue Mar 15, 2016 @ 12:50AM
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July 31,2014

Del Castillo concert to benefit Hipaniola Medical Charity mission trip

A Bryan anesthesiologist is asking for the community's help to carry on his family's legacy of service to one of the world's most impoverished regions.

Bert Hart's late father was a surgeon from the Dominican Republic who provided medical care to indigent people there, and now Hart is doing the same with his nonprofit organization, Hispaniola Medical Charity.

Along with a medical school colleague, Dennis Gore, who is now a professor of surgery at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Hart founded the organization to provide medical, surgical and dental care to the impoverished people on the island of Hispaniola - the home of Haiti on the west and the Dominican Republic on the East.

To raise money for their next mission trip in August, the doctors are putting on a concert featuring live music by Del Castillo, salsa dance lessons, a raffle and food on Saturday at the Grand Stafford Theater.

The lively event with Del Castillo will get participants up on their feet, said Joan Quintana, managing partner of AdventGX, the company that operates the Grand Stafford Theater.

"Expect to move," Quintana said. "You won't be able to help yourselves. The music is full of energy and pure joy; the musicians are simply amazing. When they play at small venues like the Stafford, their sound fills the place with energy. It is a whole lot of fun."

The Latino music group will bring a unique flavor of Latino Rock, but it will also be the last chance to hear them touring, Quintana said.

"We were delighted when the group agreed to do the show," Quintana said. "The band is on their farewell tour, so we are really fortunate to have the opportunity to have them in Bryan before they stop touring."

The fundraising and benefit concerts for mission trips are about continuing his father's tradition of service, Hart said.

"One of the things that made us establish the organization was my dad was very much involved in charity work there, and when he passed away, we decided to continue his legacy," Hart said.

This will be the organization's third mission trip to the area. In addition to providing medical care, the group also provides education through collaboration with UTMB and the Department of Global Health. They also provide medical supplies and equipment.

"One of our goals is to help one public hospital in Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) that is in dire need of medical equipment, so we have made a commitment to try to provide surgical equipment to equip two operating rooms," Hart said.

Operating rooms don't come cheap - the goal is to raise about $250,000 to buy two operating rooms, Hart said.

"We're on our way," he said. "We've been raising money for the last three years."

One other goal that the group has established is a scholarship for a Haitian medical student - they are paying for her entire medical education.

"We are hoping to establish a legacy so we can leave a mark, so they can help themselves," Hart said. "You know that great quote that you can feed people fish for a day, or you can teach them how to fish. That's what we're trying to do - teach them how to fish."

Because there is not an ear, nose and throat surgeon in the impoverished area, the medical team will be focusing on helping children that have problems with recurring tonsillitis, breathing or sinus problems during the upcoming mission.

"We'll also be bringing a dentist with us to do education dental hygiene and perhaps perform extractions," Hart said. "There are villages with 300 children that have never seen a dentist."

All of the proceeds from the benefit concert will go toward patient care, Hart said. Every volunteer is responsible for his or her own transportation and room and board costs.

The weeklong mission trips are long and tiring, but worth it, Hart said.

"You feel tired, but you feel fulfilled and you feel grateful to have been able to help people who otherwise don't have the ability to receive health care - that are underserved," Hart said. "It puts us in situations that we go beyond our borders and out of our comfort zones to take care of the needs of our brothers."

For more information about the concert, visit, and for more information about Hispaniola Medical Charity or how to donate, visit

Hispaniola Medical Charity Benefit Concert:

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Stafford Theater. Tickets range from $35 to $250.

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Laura Hart - Mon Mar 14, 2016 @ 03:47PM
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From the generosity of David Gardner's Jewelers - A David Yurman - Onyx and Diamond Cable Wrap Ring - valued at $1350 with 1/3 carats of diamonds wrap 16 X 12mm rectangular onyx set in sterling silver.

Raffle tickets are $25 each or 3 for $50

The drawing will be April 9th, at the Fundraiser.

Contact Laura Hart for more info


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