Date: 9/19/2012

Surgical Team provides services, hope to Honduras

Community Hospital’s surgical team traveled to Honduras last week on a medical mission that helped to change the lives and health of the people of Comayagua. Making a difference (from left to right) are Tracy Eenigenburg, R.N., Torrie Borden, R.N., Shelly Boyle, ST-CST, Dana Boskovich, M.D., Mary Priestly Golubski, CRNA, Julie Smit, CRNA and Monica Hardy, R.N.

A team of healthcare professionals from Community Hospital’s Anesthesiology and Surgical departments headed to Honduras Sunday, September 16 to provide desperately needed medical care to residents.

Traveling on the medical mission to Comayagua, Honduras are Torrie Borden, R.N.; Anesthesiologist Dana Boskovich, M.D., Shelley Boyle, ST-CST; Tracy Eenigenburg, R.N.; Mary Priestley Golubski, CRNA; Monica Hardy, R.N. and Julie Smit, CRNA. This is the sixth time in the past four years that Community Hospital staff members have participated in a LOTWC medical mission.

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With a population of some 60,000, Comayagua, is located in the central western region of Honduras. Two-thirds of the residents live below poverty level. In this part of Central America, health care for the indigent is nearly non-existent.

“The need is urgent…the people of Honduras have next to nothing,” said Julie Smit, CRNA, “We’re going to an impoverished part of the world, but we’re taking with us medical treatment and a chance at a brighter future for some,” she said. “We intend to do whatever we can to help.”

According to Smit, the team leaves Northwest Indiana with the support and backing of hospital administration and physicians who generously contributed medical supplies and a monetary donation.

Community Hospital’s team joins some 22 other surgical professionals from across the United States as volunteers for Light of the World Charities (LOTWC). This 501(C) 3 organization provides medical/surgical and dental care to the poor and sick of the world. In the U.S., LOTWC operates a free dental clinic and a stateside surgery program, both located in Florida. LOTWC also sends several surgical teams each year to developing countries with the goal of improving the quality of life of those in need.

Based at LOTWC’s affiliated St. Benedict Joseph Center for Medical Assistance (SBJ) on the outskirts of Comayagua, the Community Hospital team will staff a four-suite operating center. The surgical team will provide medical treatment for urology, gynecology and general surgical conditions.

During the course of a year, patients from the Comayagua region are chosen for medical intervention by a local physician. The physician directs them to walk to the hospital and arrive on a pre-determined date. This walk can take the patient a day or two, down unpaved mountainous terrain, to reach their destination.

For more information about Light of the World Charities, click here.