Moon Township, PA, (October 4, 2013)
- For the past seven years, a team of Heritage Valley Health System physicians and other clinicians have completed medical mission trips to Honduras. During their most recent trip from September 7 – 14, the group was awarded a scroll of recognition from First Vice President of Honduras María Antonieta Guillén de Bográn for their “constant work of service to poor communities in Honduras.”
The group of mostly Heritage Valley clinicians arranges and performs quality health care for the very poor of Honduras, usually for people residing in rural communities located in the mountains of Honduras. The medical missions usually take place during early September and are one week in duration. A variety of general health care services are delivered during the mission trips; however specialized care in the fields of pediatrics, dental medicine, ophthalmology, gynecology, and cardiology is also offered. Since the beginning, the group has been led by Robert Madder, D.O., an Internal Medicine physician with Heritage Valley Medical Group. Over these years, the group has provided care for over 12,000 patients.
The majority of the health care providers – physicians, nurses and dentists – providing services on the mission trips have been from Beaver County; however, some care givers are from Canada, Honduras and Miami. In addition to Dr. Madder, the following Heritage Valley physicians and clinicians participated in this year’s mission: Kenneth House, DO, Jay Zdunek, DO, James Tatum, MD, Alexander Kalenak, MD, Carey Gagnon, PA, Gerald Hartle, CRNP, Cathy Reese, RN, Patricia Feyka, pharmacy technician. In addition, the following care givers joined this year’s mission trip: Drs. Cynthia Fiorini, John Michel, William Gardner, and Richard Whittington, as well as Jennifer Jesko, RN.
“We were honored to receive this recognition from the First Vice President of the Republic of Honduras,” said Dr. Madder. “Since we started coming here in 2006, we’ve met so many wonderful people and worked with so many selfless individuals. It’s truly our privilege to work alongside Honduran clinicians and help the wonderful people of Honduras as best as we can.”
Assistance for the medical mission trips has been provided through donations to Brother’s Brother Foundation from individuals in Beaver County and from the physicians and health care providers who have offered their services to the missions. Additional assistance has been provided by Heritage Valley Health System.
To make a gift to support the mission trip to Honduras, please make the contribution to: Brother’s Brother Foundation-Honduras, 1200 Galveston Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233.
You may also contact BBF at 412-321-3160 or donate online at www.brothersbrother.org.