Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A Job Well Done in Honduras, Team Plans for Next Year

Lutheran HealthCare's volunteer team is back from their medical mission in Honduras. It was one of the most successful of all the New York Honduran Committee missions thanks to the dedicated volunteers who, in a matter of days, created a fully functional community health center and surgery clinic in one of the poorest regions in the hemisphere.

The numbers speak for themselves: 276 total patients seen, 62 surgeries, 85 patients evaluated for speech, language, hearing and swallowing issues, and 13 fitted with life-changing hearing devices.

Before they left Honduras, the staff at the Tela Hospital thanked the team for their support. They gave each volunteer a certificate of appreciation and with out delay, talked about plans for next year. As it's a small hospital by U.S. standards, 100 beds, there are many needs and the medical staff can use all the help they can get. Specifically, they are hoping we can bring additional gastroenterology, urology and dental support for next year. The New York Honduran Committee and the Lutheran staff will start making the necessary arrangements immediately, and begin planning for the next mission.

At the end of the day, as most of the team are now getting acclimated into their normal daily routines, they can look back and feel good about another successful medical mission in Honduras.

To learn more about the New York Honduran Committee and their work with Lutheran HealthCare in Honduras, please e-mail committee founders Jean and Ruperto Hemmans at or

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