The JADMC has been very active and very busy. To name just a few programs:
We are currently revising the electrical wiring so we can resume our cataract surgeries without equipment failure.This is where your donations will go in the foreseeable future. We hope you can help.
Great News! The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office has approved us for a 3M Philippine Peso grant. The required output needed is 300 cataract surgeries, 200 pterygium surgeries, 133 prosthetics, and 200 harelip and cleft palate surgeries. The first release of the funds is in April. We are doing as much as we can as the P3M is not enough to pay for all the expenses. We still rely on donations.
We are busy soliciting funds for the P1M that we need for the electrical work (P250,000 breakers, P387,000 electrical distribution, P363,000 transformers). Not to mention the costs of repairing the donated hospital equipment.
Please help us achieve our goals!
January has been a busy month. Dr. Eric Lohse and his wife Vicki (an RN) came to the JADMC from Illinois. Together with our staff they completed 61 cataract surgeries and 39 pterygium surgeries. Due to the lack of surgical microscopes they worked until 3 am each night to accomplish this goal. We have three and one of them broke down...in fact, the ideal number to support such high demand would be six operating microscopes. We are trying to raise funds to purchase gently used ones. We are learning more about the equipment that we have and are definitely getting there. Through Physicians for Peace, equipment donated by the Love for Life Foundation will hopefully arrive this month so we can use them for the next mission. We are now planning another Cataract Mission for February 21-24. We hope that with your help we can complete our needed supplies to help those in need SEE clearly!
We are happy to report that the Jesus A. Datu Medical Center (JADMC) is growing exponentially!
October marked the groundbreaking of the Ear, Nose, and Throat Center. This will be located in a new building behind the JADMC, offering harelip, cleft palate, and microsurgeries of the ear. It also marked the inauguration of the Ambulatory Surgical Center for Cataract Surgery.
The Prosthetic Lab churns out 15-20 prosthetics per month. Next to the lab is a Rehabilitation Center overseen by Arellano University to help the recipients become accustomed to their prosthetic.
We are the lucky recipients of significant medical equipment donations. Our deepest gratitude to Drs. Jess Yap, Gino Ang, and Winston Magno of the Connecticut Association of Philippine Physicians for their donation of two anesthesia machines, and to Dr. Conrad Zapanta for his donation of a surgical microscope. Physicians For Peace in Virginia has been kind enough to ship these large pieces from the U.S. to the JADMC.
Our other programs are going strong:
We continue to rely on donations and service organizations to keep us going. We are actively working on obtaining PHILHEALTH licensure for long-term sustainability.
Thank you for your ongoing support!
The Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) was inaugurated last month. In order for it to be fully operational, which entails we need to complete some requirements as stated by the Department of Health. These include the following equipment:
We have reached out to several organizations that specialize in donating used medical equipment and are hopeful for a positive response.
We have applied for PHILHEALTH accreditation which allows us to operate our programs and obtain reimbursement for it, thus allowing us to be self-sustaining. However, in order for us to be credentialed, we need the equipment the Department of Health requires.
We need three KVA transformers so that the first floor can accommodate air-conditioning. We need P297,000 (approximately $7,000) to buy and install these.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes office has offered a grant of P 2 million for the year 2011. So far, P500,000 has been released and is being used to pay for the medicines and expenses for the prosthetics, mother and child clinic, and the harelip and cataract medicines and supplies.
Manwhile, we continue to offer the mother and child clinics, dental and eye screenings, and post-op checks for cataract patients.
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