MST to Dominican Republic

by Edee Vassar, APRN

group MSTRecently, I was privileged to be a part of the HHI September Medical Service Trip. As a nurse of 36 years and a nurse practitioner for 15 of those years, I have worked in multiple settings with many health care providers. Rarely have I experienced the level of professionalism, caring, competence and collegiality that I found in both paid and volunteer staff. The clinics were very well organized and efficient. Patient care was particularly satisfying due to the capability to make home visits and to discuss problems at team conference.Edee

For example, I went on a home visit to an elderly woman with high blood pressure who was a bilateral above the knee amputee. She complained of constant phantom limb pain which was preventing her from sleeping more than 2 hours at a time. Her daughter, who was
taking wonderful care of her, had a colostomy and was ashamed to go out of the house due to lack of colostomy supplies. We discussed both these women at the team conference and were able to find solutions to both problems. It is not often in the US that providers have such ready access to multidisciplinary teams which always make decision making richer and more meaningful to both provider and patient.

Edee and BradFinally, our orientation to the country, the organization and the functioning of the clinics was very comprehensive and made the whole experience that much more welcoming and meaningful. I give my highest recommendation to HHI, its mission, goals and staff. I believe it is making a significant and lasting impact on the people of the Dominican Republic

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HHI’s $25,000 Matching Grant

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HHI has received an exciting matching grant of $25,000!  This matching grant will double any donations to HHI up to $25,000 that come from new donors to the organization as well as increased donations from returning donors, enabling us to double the impact of your donation!

Help us complete this matching challenge before World Health Day 2015 (April 7th)!

In order to stretch your dollar and take advantage of this limited-time challenge, increase your yearly gift or donate for the first time today!

Click here to donate online.

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A Note of Thanks to Paul Guggenheim

(El Español sigue el Inglés.)

Catherine, Paul, Dorka, Severet

A Note of Thanks to Paul Guggenheim
Craig W. Czarsty, M. D., President

Health Horizons recently had a transition in leadership from Paul Guggenheim to Elizabeth Geier.  I want to publicly thank Paul for the outstanding work he did during his two years with us.

Paul followed Laura McNulty, a co-founder of HHI.  Following the person who helped create an organization as well as who created the role of Executive Director is not an easy thing to do.  Paul did it with grace and charm.  He brought the perspective of someone well acquainted with NGOs working in Latin America.  One of his consummate skills is the ability to network.  Among other venues, Paul was able to establish HHI’s reputation in such places as the Ministry of Public Health in Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata as well as the Embassies of Germany and Israel to the Dominican Republic.

Paul was always on duty.  I could send emails at any hour of the day or night, seven days a week, and get a prompt response.  He did a thorough job of turning over the reins to Elizabeth and stayed engaged right up until his last day.   He cares about HHI and the work we do.  It always shows.

Please join me in thanking Paul and wishing him well as he begins a new chapter of his life.  He will be returning to doing the environmental work for which he was trained.  Paul will be working to help preserve the coastal reefs around the Dominican Republic.

Paul, let’s not say “adios” but “nos vemos”.


Una nota de agradecimiento a Paul Guggenheim
Craig W. Czarsty, M. D., Presidente

Horizontes de Salud  tuvo recientemente una transición en el liderazgo de Paul Guggenheim a Elizabeth Geier. Quiero agradecer públicamente a Paul por el excelente trabajo que hizo durante sus dos años con nosotros.

Paul siguió Laura McNulty, un co-fundador de Horizontes de Salud. A raíz de la persona que ayudó a crear una organización, así como quién creó el cargo de Director Ejecutivo no es una cosa fácil de hacer. Pablo lo hizo con gracia y encanto. Él trajo la perspectiva de alguien bien familiarizado con las ONG que trabajan en América Latina. Una de sus habilidades consumadas es la capacidad de la red. Entre otros lugares, Pablo fue capaz de establecer la reputación de Horizontes de Salud en tales lugares como el Ministerio de Salud Pública en Santo Domingo y Puerto Plata, así como las embajadas de Alemania y Israel a la República Dominicana.

Pablo estaba siempre de guardia. Podría enviar mensajes de correo electrónico a cualquier hora del día o de la noche, siete días a la semana, y obtener una pronta respuesta. Él hizo un gran trabajo de entregar las riendas a Elizabeth y se quedó comprometida la derecha hasta su último día. Él se preocupa por HHI y el trabajo que hacemos. Siempre muestra.

Por favor, únanse a mí para agradecer a Pablo y deseándole lo mejor al comenzar un nuevo capítulo de su vida. Él va a volver a hacer el trabajo del medio ambiente por el que fue entrenado. Paul va a trabajar para ayudar a preservar los arrecifes de la costa alrededor de la República Dominicana.

Paul, no vamos a decir “adiós”, pero “nos vemos”.



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