Rotary Global Grant: Humanitarian Project in Rural Guatemala

The World Community Service team of the Rotary Club of Greater Bend is pleased to announce they have received full funding for a humanitarian project in rural Guatemala. This project will supply the Hospital Obras Sociales de Monsignor Gregorio Schaffer in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala with a C-arm X-ray Fluoroscopy unit for their surgical ward.

This C-arm will be used for fluoroscopic intraoperative imaging during surgical, orthopedic and emergency care procedures. This device will provide real-time x-ray images allowing the physician to monitor progress and immediately make corrections. The use of c-arm units dramatically improves the capabilities of the surgical units and provides for better patient outcomes.

The Hospital Obras Sociales de Monsignor Gregorio Schaffer is a mission hospital providing low cost or free health care to the community of San Lucas Toliman and surrounding areas. The hospital serves a largely indigenous population of about 35,000 people.

In 2017 the hospital served over 23,600 patients, providing many of them with life-saving surgical treatments. The surgical ward hosts many surgical mission trips per year including 6 planned this year alone: Podiatry/General Orthopedic Surgery team from Seattle, General Surgery team from Henry Ford Hospital, and Urology/Gynecology teams from Dallas and Oklahoma.

All the above-mentioned teams would be able to utilize the c-arm unit to improve the outcomes for their patients.