Fall Town & Gown, October 25th, 2018, at the Ice House on Main
A huge thank you Jose Quintana and the team at Advent GX for getting to share about our mission during the Fall Town & Gown, October 25th, 2018, at the lovely Ice House on Main....
In 2010 after the death of Bert's father, Dr. Dennis Gore, a friend on faculty at UTMB, Galveston, encouraged us to form a medical charity in honor of Bert’s Dad who was a surgeon, from the Dominican Republic. Dr. Gore obtained our 501(3)(c) status and in the fall of 2012 we made our first surgical mission trip to the Dominican Republic. In 6 short years, HMC has made 10 surgical mission trips to the Dominican Republic and has been able to perform surgical and dental procedures on over 1,300 patients.
This January, we will be taking our 11th surgical mission TEAM to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and our focus will be on ENT and General Surgery. We will be operating out of the public hospital and as usual any supplies that we will need during the week, we will have to bring ourselves. Our volunteers check supply trunks as their luggage and this is how we transport surgical supplies on each mission trip. Each volunteer takes their vacation time and pays for their own flight, room and board. We have been so blessed to have had so many wonderful volunteers on each trip.
Our volunteers have come from all over Texas and all the way from California, Florida, Maine and Alabama! We have had the privilege of taking students with us and we love their enthusiasm and the joy of introducing them to mission work. We have had medical students, residents, nursing students as well as high school and college students that have gone on to study in the health professions.
The public hospital in Puerto Plata, Ricardo Limardo, is a very poor hospital. When we arrived on our last mission trip, the hospital was completely out of suture. Through the years HMC has been able to ship and donate Anesthesia machines and monitors, Ventilators, an Autoclave, an Ultrasound, Cautery and, Suction machines, a Crash Cart and Defibrillator, Fetal monitors, Stretchers, OR and Exam tables and more. We also donate surgical supplies at the end of each trip.
In addition to surgical missions and providing supplies and equipment, education is also an important goal for HMC. We were able to provide a full medical school scholarship for a young woman who is now practicing in the Dominican Republic and we have been working to form a relationship with two US surgery and anesthesia programs to establish a regular rotation of residents through Hospital Ricardo Limardo.
The ability for Hispaniola Medical Charity to be able to perform needed surgeries and dental procedures, to donate supplies and equipment and to provide medical education has only been possible because we are blessed with loving and supportive family friends and an amazingly generous community here in Bryan/ College Station!