Participants

Karolynn Echols, MD 
Sharon Steele, MD
Andrea Usher, MD
Shireen Heidari, MD
Chimene Brown, MD
Frank Major, MD
Mary Jo O'Sullivan,MD
Lise Rehwaldt, MD
Julie Beck, MD
Kelley Bullard, MD
Swati Shah,MD
Nicole Hlava, MD
Mureen Shaw, NP
Georgia Bromfield
Isabella Becker-Nguyen, RN
James Aikins, MD
Charletta Ayers, MD

November 2009 Jamaica Mission


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Our November mission was the largest yet! We saw 628 adult patients, 193 children, and performed 20 surgeries. We have also expanded our time and effort to build a pediatric team and to cultivate our education sessions, which were very successful with our female patients. The women have responded very well to our educational sessions and seem hungry for more accurate health information. We were also able to bring two physicians specializing in gynecological  oncology as well as a general surgeon along on this mission.  The cancer specialists will be able to help treat patients with gynecological cancers, especially cervix cancer. This will allow us to expand our cervix cancer screening program to include treatment.  We will be able to help women with highly treatable cancers to recover, instead of losing their health or their lives. We can also begin to look into starting a breast cancer screening program and treatment options. Our patient education program encourages women to get screening done regularly. We have so far screened over 500 women for cervix cancer.  Including a general surgeon in the mission has meant that we can offer our patients a broad range of much needed services, including abdominal hernia repairs.  With more options available for surgical procedures, more patients can be helped with long term solutions.

An important part of our missions to Jamaica has become our work in the Port Maria Clinic.  This  portion of the program has also become more demanding as we have organized daily clinics during our missions.