Phoenix - July 5, 2013 – In early Summer 2013, Phoenix Children’s Hospital surgeons, Juan Acosta, MD, and David Notrica, MD joined forces with Medical Hands for Healing, a volunteer effort under the umbrella of Scottsdale HealthCare Foundation, to share their expertise in pediatric surgery with the staff at Hospital Civil de Guadalajara.
Together, they assembled a surgical team consisting of 14 medical professionals, surgeons, nurses, a social worker, a physical therapist and a medical bioengineer. The group, left on May 25 to begin teaching and working with the staff of the 1000-bed Hospital Civil in Guadalajara Mexico. Their goal was to bring surgical expertise and modern equipment to this low income area located in the Central state of Jalisco, Mexico.
Although the hospital served a population of more than five million people, they were about 15 years behind the U. S. in some areas of treatment and modern equipment. Acosta was familiar with the basic needs of the hospital and the patients it serves in the area, because of the relationship he had previously built with the hospital. Initially the pediatric surgery residents from Hospital Civil de Guadalajara would come to Phoenix to train with Dr. Acosta for a month.
Soon after, the team decided it would be beneficial to bring this same education and additional resources to the entire staff at the hospital in Guadalajara, Mexico. Once assembled, the team compiled essentials for the hospital’s surgical service. One of the most important needs was equipment to do minimally invasive surgery in laparoscopy and thoracoscopy.
The group went to work finding donations among surgical suppliers and hit gold. Surgical equipment was donated to the team from various companies including Stryker, Covidein, and Ethicon. These supplies were crucial to their mission and also allowed the team to bring this equipment to Mexico, train their surgeons and medical teams in the procedures and leave the equipment there, along with the knowledge they imparted so the project would be sustainable. The hospitals helped also. Phoenix Children’s donated boxes of surgical gowns, drapes, mayo- stand covers, and back table covers. Scottsdale Health care Foundation covered logistics such as lodging and in-country transportation.
“This was an amazing successful mission,” said Acosta, “We were able to bring the equipment to the hospital, teach their surgery team and make this program completely sustainable in Mexico.”
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