Friday, June 27, 2008

Narda’s return!!
Physician Assistant Narda Sherman of Portland, Oregon, returned to HA with her parents today. Narda volunteered in April of 2008, and plans to return to volunteer for three months in November. This summer, she and her husband and children are living in Antigua, Guatemala for six weeks to study Spanish. Everyone was happy to see Narda's big smile! They brought a large donation collected by family and friends, of medicine, surgical supplies, children’s books, and clothing.
Susan, Jim, Dr. Chuc with Narda

Another great visit with our friends from Marin County!

Old friends and supporters of the Hospitalito returned to visit and see the progress made on the new construction site. Jason, Pete Doyle, Bill Cuneo, Terry, Father Ken, Terri, Ginger, Hank and Dorothy. It was great to see familiar faces and to meet some new friends that you brought along. Thanks for all of your help!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Five year Strategic Plan

June 21st, was the completion date of Hospitalito Atitlán's Strategic Planning session. Lic. Carlos Alfonso of INTECAP facilitated the five day process, which because of hospital work took several months to complete. However, the work has just begun. The plan projects into the next five years. Participants were, Dr. Juan Manuel Chuc director, Jose Reanda HA Administrator, Rigoberto Ramirez, Volunteer coordinator Rebeca Petzey, Social workers, Vicenta Chavajay and Chonita Mendoza, Nurses Felipa and Pedro, and Fundación K'aslimaal members, Karina, Kathy and Lyn. Dr. Chuc and Vicenta were chosen to see that the plan is put into action.

A friend we can count on... Jimmy Hutchinson

We put fetal dopplers on the wish list, because the old ones no longer functioned. Jimmy Hutchinson, from Springfield, Missouri is owner of Hankins Surgical Supply, and is a frequent visitor to the Hospitalito. He pays close attention to the wish list to see what is urgently needed, and always brings something. Jimmy, Dr. Chuc, Lyn Dickey and Professor Lea Pellet.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

On Monday, June 16th the staff of Hospitalito Atitlán gathered to say thank you and good-bye to volunteer OB/GYN Dr. Tara Creighton. In this photo, Tara is standing with Volunteer Coordinator Rebeca Petzey, seated are Sabrina Kahlbrenner RN (left), here for three months from Germany and medical student Jennifer Jaggi who is completing her six-month study of patient satisfaction. Dr. Tara will be returning to North Carolina.

Monday, June 09, 2008

It was a fast two months for medical supervisor Dr. Joshua Brostoff (center) at Hospitalito Atitlán. When Josh arrived, and found us short staffed he pitched in taking turns and doing consultations, going above and beyond the job description. Today, at his going away party, we tried to convince him that the all flights have been canceled until July due to Tropical Storms Arthur and Alma that have brought constant rains this week. Josh will be missed, but promises to return in two year. Hope that time passes quickly too.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

A bright idea
As part of our efforts at sustainability, we attempt to keep costs low wherever possible. In April, Randy Loomis and his family visited the Hospitalito for the first time, and commented on the use of energy saving compact flourescent light bulbs. The initial outlay for the bulbs is more, but the long-term savings are greater. When Randy returned home to Connecticut, he purchased the bulbs and sent them with his sister to the Hospitalito. Thanks… we appreciate your donation!