Three faculty and one alumna from the Berkeley College School of Health Studies are in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on a medical mission at Hospital de Niños Dr. Roberto Gilbert, the largest pediatric hospital in Ecuador. The Berkeley group is volunteering to help Healing the Children® New Jersey (HTCNJ).
The day-by-day experiences of the team on this seven-day mission can be viewed on the following blog: https://berkeleycollegeblog.com/2014/06/10/sunday-clinic-medical-mission/. The medical mission in Ecuador runs through June 14.
Many Berkeley College students and graduates have said the reason they seek healthcare careers is to make a difference in peoples’ lives. This is evident in volunteer initiatives such as the HTCNJ mission in Ecuador.
One father of four-year-old Hendry Isaac Barros Vera, Juan Pablo Barros, expressed his sincere gratitude. “My son has been sick since he was born. He has had a few surgeries and this is the first time I see my son calm and happy so soon after the surgery. I am so grateful to the surgeon and all the volunteers from Healing the Children and Berkeley College for making my son smile again.”
The medical professionals first screened children and their families to determine which pediatric urological needs could be addressed and then the surgical work commenced.
“The Healing the Children medical mission reflects the caring nature of our faculty, staff and students who have dedicated their talents to improve the health and quality of life of children in need locally and globally,” said Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College.
“This is yet another example of how Berkeley College partners with healthcare providers and nonprofit organizations throughout the region to ensure that students and graduates pursuing careers in the health and medical fields obtain valuable clinical experiences that lead to fulltime employment,” added Sheila Dynan, DMH, Dean, Berkeley College School of Health Studies.
Joseph Charleman, CST, CSFA, CRCST, LPN, Chair, Surgical Technology and Surgical Processing Technician programs, Berkeley College School of Health Studies, began the partnership with HTCNJ to provide a hands-on opportunity for Berkeley College students and alumni as well as give back to the community. Future missions in Peru are planned for later this year and in the spring of 2015. Those missions will allow more students and faculty to participate.
HTCNJ is a nonprofit that provides access to medical care and related services for children in need in New Jersey and worldwide. Volunteer medical professionals travel at their own expense for eight- to 10-day trips abroad.
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