BENEFITING: THE UMASS MEMORIAL FOUNDATION INC
EVENT DATE: May 10, 2014
Rescue Mission Roatan is a volunteer based multi-disciplinary group from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Our goal is to provide the raw materials, educational training, and clinical skills to create a sustainable impact for the people of Roatan. Our team consists of attending and resident surgeons, operating room nurses, ICU nurses, anesthesiologists and CRNAs, medical students, and a paramedic.
Our Core Principles are service, education, and philanthropy.
In 2013, we operated on over 25 men, women, and children, repairing hernias, removing infected gallbladders, and addressing any other medical problems that came up. However, we know that many issues facing our patients were there before we arrived and remained after we left. Therefore, one of our primary concerns is providing local practitioners the tools and skills necessary to care for their patients after we are gone. Last year, that was done through training sessions on trauma, life support, sterile operative techniques, and post-operative care.
Our goals for 2014 are the following:
- Provide Hospital Roatan with a second anesthesia machine to create a fully functional second operating room to double their capacity.
- Provide the hospital with a laparoscopic camera and train local surgeons on laparoscopic techniques.
- Provide the specific supplies needed by nurses, physicians, paramedics, and staff.
- Cover the admission and drug cost for patients we operate on.
- Run educational and training seminars for local physicians, nurses, paramedics, and staff.
All volunteers will pay out of pocket if our fundraising goals cannot be met. We are asking for your help to make this mission possible.
Money donated to the 'Patient Fund' account will only be used to cover direct patient expenses and will not be used for volunteer travel, lodging, food, etc.
Thank you so much for your help.