La Merced is a Salisbury-based 501c3 nonprofit (tax deductible) organization that provides specialized medical services and supplies to the poor, focusing on our neighbors in Nicaragua. La Merced also provides support for the Marilac School, the Roberto Clemente Clinic, both located in Managua.
La Merced is now partnering with University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). Through this formal relationship, both organizations will work together to seek grants and external support.
La Merced has a unique student program. College and high school students who attend a mission have the opportunity to play a direct roll in the delivery of medical services, both in the clinic and hospital setting.
As with the delivery of medical care by any organization, our medical professionals are able to perform their art only with the support and assistance from individuals of many diverse backgrounds, including business, education, construction, etc., so we believe everyone has a gift to offer.
La Merced's June 2014 Medical Mission
The mission was a huge success.
Our plastic surgery team performed corrective surgeries ranging from cleft lip repairs to releases of burn scar contractures of the hand. We also performed many minor procedures in the Roberto Clemente Clinic.
Our two orthopedic teams performed 29 hip and knee replacements. This figure represents 40% of all the knee and hips replacements completed in the nation of Nicaragua annually! In the Roberto Clemente Clinic, our nurse practitioner performed steroid injections to provide immediate relief to individuals with severely arthritic knees.
Also in the Clinic our dentist extracted many diseased teeth and filled cavities, which enabled individuals afflicted with debilitating dental caries to obtain normal, healthy nutrition.
Our physical therapist performed physical therapy on children with cerebral palsy and provided their parents with instructions on home programs. She did the same for adults with pain and/or dysfunction of the joints.
Our Community Outreach team visited families in the barrio and the students of the Marilac School and provided the latter with toys and enough Texas Instruments calculators to supply an entire class of 30.
Lastly, we held our first Salisbury-Managua Medical Developments Course, organized by Pasquale Petrera and Patricia Morales and sponsored by Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Medical Professionals earned 5 CMEs and all in attendance were enlightened by the following presentations:
Proper Antibiotic Selection in the Age of Super-bugs -- Pasquale Petrera, MD
Appropriate Management of Hypertension for the Practitioner -- Patricia Morales, FNP
Appropriate Surveillance and Treatment of VTE for the Practitioner -- Donald D'Aqula, PharmD
Newest Developments in the Field of Plastic Surgical Breast Reconstruction -- Vincent Perrotta, MD
Newest Developments in Adult Knee Reconstruction including Patient Specific Instrumentation, Computer Guided Surgery and the Anatomic Method of Total Knee Replacement -- James Trauger, MD