Some of our nurses and physicians have been earning their frequent flyer miles this fall, traveling to areas far beyond the borders of Frederick County to provide care where it’s needed.
Right now, Nurse Rosa Poole (in the pink hat) is in Haiti treating patients suffering in the massive cholera outbreak. Her team is also teaching people about cholera and how proper handwashing can help them stay healthy.
Rosa’s compound consists of six Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) units, and the compound’s entrance is protected by armed guards. The units are well stocked with supplies, thanks in part to a donation of $500 by the FMH Pharmacy.
Thank you, Rosa and FMH, for your generous donation of time, talent and funding!
In September, four nurses from the FMH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Janice Beekman, Lilyana Valdivia-Hursey, Pam Bell and Michelle Drapeau-Clem, accompanied Dr. Fabio Olarte, FMH Neonatologist, on a weeklong mission trip to Guayaquil, Ecuador. Children’s Lifeline International Charities sponsored the group.
The mission was part of a long-standing effort by Dr. Olarte, Janice, Lily, and physicians in Guayaquil to offer training to help medical and nursing staff give quality, safe, and consistent care in two NICUs in the city. Along with Dr. Olarte, Dr. Elizabeth Cristofalos, Dr. Estelle Gauda and Dr. Marilee Allen from Johns Hopkins provided medical expertise.
The group also attended the XIV Congreso Internacional de Pediatria at Hospital de Niños “Dr. Roberto Gilbert Elizaldo”, where Lily gave an inspiring presentation to nurses outlining the evolution of nursing from Florence Nightingale to present, how we learn (Bloom’s Taxonomy), the Pyramid of Evidence-based practice, and the evolution of nursing education in the U.S.