Tomorrow is Screening Day

The day began at 8 AM for the team already in Antigua.  And even early for the rest of the team that was beginning their travel day from Syracuse to Atlanta to Antigua.  The rest of the team has arrived safely, and we were all able to meet at the hospital for a team photo and tour of the facility.
For the team already in Antigua our day was mostly unpacking our supplies and organizing them.  This hospital in mainly a mission hospital which means different teams from different cities come in at different times to perform needed surgery and provide care.
So all day long we unpacked and organized the different supplies into the various medical specialties; Orthopedic, Anesthesia, Pre-Op and Post-Op, Medical Nursing Unit, and Physical Therapy.  The supplies are many, and the storage space is tight.  We got very creative to make it all fit.  
At the end of the day, 4:00 PM our time, we met up with our traveling colleagues who were just making their way to the hospital.  Once together we took a Team Photo, and were treated to a tour of the facility.  We were given both instruction and orientation to the hospital operating room protocols, as well as being able to witness the care that the staff are able to provide to a very needy patient population.  Some of the patient population are small children and many of us were filled with emotion, both joy at greeting many of them and sharing a welcoming smile and “hola!”  and also sadness as we witnessed first hand some of their suffering.  We developed an even deeper appreciation for the care the staff provide on an ongoing basis.  And it made us even prouder to serve alongside them for the next several days.
Tonight is team dinner, breakouts into small work teams, and additional instruction and orientation about the days’ work ahead.

Arrived in Guatemala City

Yes we did arrive safe!!  We left Syracuse bright and early.  We were in the air by 6:00 and in Atlanta a little after 8:00.  A 2 hour lay over in Atlanta and then off to Guatemala City.  After a 3 hour flight and we landed in Guatemala City around 11:30 AM Guatemala time.  The pass through customs was nice and easy.  Then we boarded two mini buses for the 45 minute ride to Antigua.  It is election season in Guatemala.  Elections are early September.  The driver told us there are over 25 political parties, and the streets are covered with campaign posters and slogans.  
Once we arrived in downtown Antigua, it is easy to see the entire center city is a designated historic site.  Literally cobblestone roads.  Imagine the 1600's in Spain, Mexico or Texas.  Many of the buildings, including the Hotel and the Hospital are simply tall, stucco, windowless walls when viewed from the streets.  But once you enter inside, especially the Hotel, it is like an internal mall, with various rooms, restaurants, and sitting areas connected by a layout of covered walkways and open courtyards.  The view all around us in the distance is of various mountain tops.  It is very beautiful.
The crew is spending the day settling into their rooms and doing some preliminary exploring and sight-seeing.
Team dinner is tonight at 7:00.

And the winners are...

Thank you to everyone that participated in the fundraiser! We greatly appreciate your support!

First Place - $16,616 - Jason Mitchell
Second Place - $4,985 - Zimmer
Third Place - $3,323 - Greg Kenien

Fourth Place - $332 - Stephen Robinson, Reginald Grandjean, Michael Bome, Cathy Kozachek, Robert Wuest, Zimmer, Barbara Flintrop, Teamsters, Dan Markusz, Tom VanArnam

Fifth Place - $166 - Sandra Johnson, Zimmer, Adam McLoughlin, Eric Marcinkowski, Lisa & Richard Kenyon, Luis Castro, Amanda Fogus, Patty Murphy, John King, Charlene Mirabito, Hayner Hoyt, James Antonacci, Chris Brown, Cathy Noel, Kathleen Ascioti, Mary Vensky, Craig Houck, Eric Marcinkowski, Gary Grossman, SOS PT, Dyshera Stone, Bruce Smith, Stephen Green, Armond & Jan Cincotta, Rick Cook, Doug & Jan Smith, Tim Izant, Dr. Mango, Jason Capron, Michael Brower

February 14th 2015 Raffle

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Last Day at the Hospital

Today is our last day at the hospital.  Staff will be divided into various assignments.  The Medical unit will continue to tend to the needs of the patents.  The rest of the team will assist where they can, and others will concentrate on packing supplies for our return trip home. 

Pictured here are critical members of the supply team. Mike O'Hara, Kim Murray, Eric Marcinkowski, Mike Houck and Gary Lewis.  Mike, Kim and Mike all work for St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center and Eric and Gary both work for our implant donator Stryker. 

Pictured here are critical members of the supply team. Mike O'Hara, Kim Murray, Eric Marcinkowski, Mike Houck and Gary Lewis.  Mike, Kim and Mike all work for St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center and Eric and Gary both work for our implant donator Stryker. 

A Rare Event....

On the final case of day three, four surgeons collaborated to work together on one case.  In the photo are Doctors Seth Greenky, Timothy Izant, Stephen Bogosian, and Michael Clarke.  Also on the case and in the photo is Surgical Technician, Michael Cress.  Circulating Nurse Lisa Olszewski was also on the case, but not pictured in the photo. 

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