Farmington Hills, MI (April 16, 2007)--- A team of twenty-one physicians and volunteers affiliated with Botsford Hospital provided needed medical care to thousands of men, women and children in rural Guatemala during an annual medical mission. Two groups attended and were led by Botsford Hospital’s President and CEO, Paul LaCasse, D.O. and David Kanze, D.O., a Botsford Resident. The trip was part of DOCARE, a non-profit organization that’s primary objective is to bring needed health care to people in remote areas of countries in the Western Hemisphere who would not otherwise be able to receive such medical attention.
During the trip, the Botsford doctors traveled to Antigua, Guatemala and each day went to various small towns including San Andreas, Santa Cruz and Chimaltango. They treated between 3,200 and 3,600 patients in a two-week time frame.
The physicians cared for families including children of all ages, pregnant females, middle-aged men and women, and the elderly. They treated patients with skin disease, fungal infections, gallstones, urinary tract infections, gastroenteritis, measles, whooping cough, chickenpox, malnutrition, congenital deformities, sun rashes, psoriasis, eczema, ear nose and throat infections, allergies, asthma and parasites.
Dr. Kanze says, “The people were extremely appreciative of our help, and just getting a little bit of help from us made all the difference in the world to them. It’s amazing to see people who are 30 years old and have serious medical conditions. It makes you realize how fortunate we are to live in America and have easier access to medical care.”
This was Dr. Kanze’s second trip on the mission. He says, “In Hebrew there is a phrase, tikkun olam. This means ‘repairing the world.’ It is important in Judaism because the more good deeds performed, the closer the world will be towards perfection. I know by helping these people, my colleagues and I are contributing to this and helping to make the world a better place.”
Prior to the trip, the group raised funds to cover transportation and housing costs and to purchase medications used to treat Guatemalan patients. Donors included other Botsford physicians, nurses and members of the community. Planning is underway for another medical mission in 2008. Donations to support that trip can be sent to Botsford Hospital, Guatemala Medical Mission, 28050 Grand River Avenue, Farmington Hills, MI 48336. For questions, please contact Sonja Amos, Medical Staff Services Director, at (248) 471-8823.
Botsford Hospital, an independent, acute care, 330-bed community hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2005 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders award and the 2005 Governor’s Award of Excellence for Improving Care in the Hospital and Emergency Department Settings. Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org.
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