Wave of Health Completed Missions
During the Fall 2016 Mission we saw approximately 1500 patients and filled more than 7000 prescriptions in 5 clinic days! Our team consisted of 47 which included: Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistant's, Pharmacists, Medical Residents, Registered Nurses, EMS, Medical Students, Physician Assistant Students, IT Support, Translators, Logistical Support, Local Peace Corps Volunteers, Ground support and Local Red Cross Volunteers.
During this mission, we implemented an electronic documentation record, enrolled more than 100 patients in a diabetic study, started 5 patients on insulin, distributed hundreds of pairs of reading glasses, sent two patients to the hospital via ambulance, and collaborated with Dr. Ernani Saduri and LIG, as well as the local Peace Corps and Red Cross Volunteers.
On April 16, 2016, two Waves of Health teams returned to the Province of Dajabon. One team stayed in the city of Dajabon, while the other pressed on to the rural town of Restauracion. It was the fourteenth medical mission to the city of Dajabon and the second to Restauracion. Both teams worked long hours enduring difficult conditions. Over 2,000 patients were evaluated and treated on this mission. Every patient with a chronic medical condition such as hypertension or diabetes was given a three to six month supply of medications. Patients with acute problems such as asthma or infection were also treated for long term wellness. In partnership with Vitamin Angels, Waves of Health Pharmacists gave every child Vitamin A and every young woman was given a supply of prenatal vitamins. Over 400 pairs of reading glasses and 300 pairs of sunglasses were dispensed. Local first responders were trained by Waves of Health instructors in Dajabon. As always patients received their care and medications for no charge. A special thank you to the Metz family of Dajabon for continuing to provide vital logistical support and gracious hospitality. Thank you to all of the volunteers who went on the mission and took care of so many people. Thank you to all of the people who sent funds and supplies and did many unseen things to make the mission possible.
During the Fall 2015 Mission, the Waves of Health traveled with over 30 volunteers back to the Dominican Republic. Medical volunteers evaluated and treated about 1200 patients. On this mission over 500 pairs of flip-flops were distributed to people of all ages. Volunteers also gave 100 pairs of reading glasses to those having issues with sight. This was a first for Waves, and we are happy that it was a great success. We look forward to giving out more pairs of glasses on our future missions.
On June 6, a large team returned to the Dominican Republic. Despite a several hour airline delay that included a refueling stop in Miami, the mission work began as planned on Sunday, June 7. A Waves of Health team returned to Dajabón. Patients were seen at the Salineros clinic, La Vigia, Sabana Larga and La Aviacione. Another Waves team went to the Campo Restauracion an hour’s drive south of Dajabón. Free Primary Medical and Pharmacy care was provided at these sites to over 1000 patients. The EMS team also continued to train the local Dajabón First Responders. A electronic medical record system was tested on this mission and will be operational on future missions. The Metz family (as usual) provided logistical, administrative and spiritual support.
On November 1, 2014 Waves of Health returned to the Dominican Republic for the twelfth time. Once again, a team of physicians, nurses, EMTs, pharmacists and translators went to the border town of Dajabón in the northwest part of the country on the Haitian border. As always, Sister Laura hosted Waves of Health at her school/clinic in the Barrio Sur. A base pharmacy was set up in one of the school rooms . From this base, the Waves team also went to the farming villages of LaVigia and Sabana Larga for full clinic days, and the Dajabon section of La Avionones.
Waves of Health Returned to Dajabón April 2014.
On October 26, 2013, Waves of Health returned to the Dominican Republic for its eleventh medical mission. Once again, the team went to the border town of Dajabón in the northwest part of the country. Our team was fortunate to include physicians from various specialties, such as emergency medicine, internal medicine, gastroenterology, pulmonology, and rheumatology. The team also included nurses, pharmacists, a pharmacy technician, as well as a public health advisor. During the first two days, patients were seen in Barrio Sur at a local clinic managed by Sister Laura Villalona. At Barrio Sur, we collaborated with physicians from the Family Medicine Residency Program at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia University Medical Center) to provide care to hundreds of patients. On Tuesday, our team went to a small community called La Vigia, just outside Dajabón. Wednesday morning, follow-ups and emergency cases were seen at the Barrio Sur clinic. Also, part of the team went to a local nursing home to examine their patients and identify their medication and supply needs. Thursday, the Waves team traveled to the farming village of Sabana Larga for a full day of clinic. And Friday morning, patients were seen at La Aviación, another small community just outside Dajabón
On April 20th, Waves of Health returned to the Dominican Republic for their tenth medical mission. This years team came from as far as California and as close as New York, New Jersey, Maine, and Connecticut. The team of 30 volunteers continued to provide care to the border town of Dajabon on the Haitian border.
On November 3, 2012 Waves of Health returned to the Dominican Republic for the ninth time. Once again a team went to the Border town of Dajabon in the northwest part of the country on the Haitian border. Patients were seen in the Barrio Sur at Sister Laura’s Salineros clinic. A base pharmacy was set up in one of the school rooms . From this base, the Waves team went to the farming villages of LaVigia and Sabana Larga for full clinic days.
On April 14th, 2012 the Waves of Health team under the direction of Humberto Jimenez, vice-president, boarded a plane for their 8th medical mission to Dajabon, DR. The team of 28 healthcare professionals and support staff (8 doctors, 2 nurses, 3 physician assistants, 7 pharmacists, 3 EMTs, and 7 support staff) met our hosts, The Metz family, in Santo Domingo. The team then traveled 9 hours to frontier town of Dajabon. With (35) luggages filled with medications and supplies. The team members came from as far as Hawaii, California, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania. Waves of Health once again joined forces with LIG Global. The medical team treated more than 1450 patients and the surgical team performed 55 major and minor surgeries. The Diabetes Clinic under the direction of Dr. Dan Sheps saw 68 patients return for reevaluation and 66 new patients were evaluated. A group of EMT Squad members from Edison, NJ lead by Neel Mehta joined this mission to evaluate the first response care in Dajabon and initiate some basic first aid skills training to local squads and emergency room personnel.
Waves of Health returned to Dajabon on October 29, 2011. A surgical team from LIG Global lead by Drs. Ernani Sadural, Raghu Thunga and Sarah Timmapuri joined the Waves mission. A combined force of 25 doctors, 7 nurses, 8 pharmacists, 11 support staff, one physician assistant, and 7 Peace Corps translators worked with Tomas Metz and his family to provide care to 1800 medical patients and 150 surgical patients. The addition of surgical and gynecological care and ultrasound imaging enabled Waves of Health to provide better care to underserved patients in Dajabon.
The team arrived in Puerto Plata with 32 bags of medications and supplies. Dominican Director of Operations Tomas Metz met the team with a truck to transport the supplies approximately 100 miles to Dajabon. The medical doctors were Attending physicians Carmen Dominguez-Rafer, MD, MPH, Julia Cassetta, MD, Christopher Boni, DO, and Nhat Nguyen, MD. Resident physicians were Daphne MacBruce, MD, Jeremy V. Pinyard, MD, Gerald Maddalozzo, DO, and Gabriel Rose, DO. Obstetrician/Gynecologist Ernani Sadural, MD and anesthesiologist Raghu Thunga, MD also joined the medical staff. Amanda de la Cruz, LPN and AnnaMarie Matos, RN, APNc were the nurses on the mission. Translation was provided by Marsil Suriel and Marlene Pena. Peace Corps volunteers Andrea Montague, Sarah Zehner, Adam Fivenson, and Melissa Puiconon also helped with translation as well as with the pharmacy and triage. The pharmacy was led by Sonia Patel, PharmD., BCPS and Lesly Jurado, PharmD., BCPS. Jennifer Woo, PharmD and Nicole Janusz completed the pharmacy staff. Marcello Bonvini, Andrea Zenewitz, John Tiralosi, CPA and John Koerner, MPH, CIH provided invaluable support with everything from technical to triage.
On Saturday February 27, 2010 a Waves of Health team returned to Dajabon, Dominican Republic to provide medical care to underserved communities. The team consisted of doctors Chris Boni, Raj Tayal, Sobiya Khan, Kasia Koscielna, Amy Calimlim, Nhat Nguyen, and Elie Salem, nurse practitioner AnnaMarie Matos, nurse Amanda Melendez, translators Marsil Suriel, Gladys Guzman, Marlene Pena, Carolyn Espailllat-Jimenez, pharmacists Humberto Jimenez, Sammy Reveron, Sonia Patel, Jessica Jakubiec, IT specialist Marcello Bonvini, Medical students Dan Shep and John Matulis, photographer Robert A. Cumins, filmmaker Kyle Pahlow, and Morgan Berk.
On October 30, 2010 Waves of Health returned to Dajabon, Dominican Republic on its fifth medical mission in four years. The team boarded a flight to the Dominican Republic from Newark Airport with 31 bags of medical supplies. They were met by Tomas Metz, Director of the Dominican Operations, who organized the convoy for the four hour drive to Dajabon which borders Haiti.
On February 28, 2009 Waves of Health returned to Dajabon, Dominican Republic. Board members Dr. Chris Boni, Dr. Humberto Jimenez, Nurse Practitioner AnnaMarie Matos and Interpreter Marsil Suriel, led a team that included Dr. Khilly Kurusa, Dr. Raj Tayal, Dr. Jackie Corona, Nurse Maria Suarez, Physician’s Assistant Denise Corona, Pharmacist Dr. Sonia Patel, Pharmacist Dr. Lesly Jurado, Translator Gladys Guzman, and Information Technologist Marcello Bonvini on an eight day mission. Once again Tomas Metz and Dra. Eldemira Ventura were their hosts. With their valuable assistance, the Waves of Health team was able to see and treat hundreds of patients in three clinics and one nursing home.
Waves of Health went to Dajabon, Dominican Republic on March 1-8, 2008. In a partnership with local doctors, staff and the Metz family, the medical and pharmacy teams evaluated and treated patients in 3 clinics, 2 schools, and one work camp. Waves of Health was able to help approximately 1500 patients.
On March 1, 2007 WOH went to the Dominican Republic to provide primary medical. Monsignor Manuel Cruz arranged for the Sisters of the Heart of Jesus to be the team’s host. The Sisters maintain a convent and orphanage in Santo Domingo and a school, clinic, orphanage and nursing home in the interior town of Sabana Grande de Boya.