LA-MERCED’S 2013 MEDICAL MISSION AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Januray 4 – 12
PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
At the Mascota Hospital Doctors Perrotta and Pellegrino teamed up with Nicaraguan surgeons, Drs. Arguello and Siu, and treated children with congential deformities, ranging form cleft lip to syndactyly (fused finger). Dr. David Schalk and Christine Landis, CRNA, provided the anesthesia. In the Roberto Clemente Clinic, the plastic surgeons perfromed minor procedures on over 100 patients.
In the Roberto Clemente Cliic Dr. Righard MCann provided general dental services to over 120 patients.
This year Dr. Pasquale Petrera headed the orthopedic team. At the Roberto Calderon Hospital and with assistance from Kevin Mull, PA-C and Ryan Mault, Dr. Petrera performed 18 hip replacements. To make this possible, Stryker Corporation donated surgical supplies, epuipment, instrumentation and artificial hips, all totalling over $800,000! In the Roberto Clemente Clinic Karen Mull, PA-C treated over a hundred orthopedic patients.
La Merced team members visited homes of the very poor as well as the physical therapy clinic. We met with the Principal of the Marilac School in the hopes offering sponsors to some of their students in the future.
Our 2013 traveling team:
Erika Anders – Student, Salisbury University
James Blackwell – Professional Linguist, Interpreter
Shirley Blackwell – Career Educator
Donnie D’Aquila – Student, Pharmacology, UMES; Respiratory Therapist
Veronique Diriker – Deirector of Develpment, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Jesse Gaul – Student, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Iris Gehring – Registered Nurse, Peninsula Regional Medical Center
Taylor Harrison – Transportation Coordinator
Scott Keidel – Student, High Point
Christine Landis – Certified, Registered Nurse Anesthetist
Richard McCann – Dentist, Salisbury, Maryland
Conner Mull – Student, Saint DeSales
Ryan Mault – Representative, Stryker Coorporation
Christopher Pellegrino – Plastic Surgeon, Salisbury, Maryland
Vincent Perrotta – Plastic Surgeon, Salisbury, Maryland
Pasquale Petrera – Orthopedic Surgeon, Salisbury, Maryland
Karen Mull – Physician Assistant – Peninsula Regional Medical Center
Kevin Mull – Physician Assistant – Peninsula Regional Medical Center
Cheryl Nemazie – Professional Photographer
Tina Perrotta – La Merced Executive Director
Mateo Petrera – Student, Vilanova University
Erin Royal – Student, University of Miami
David Schalk – Anesthesiologist, Salisbury, Maryland
Arlene Schneider – Executive, American Cancer Society
Michael Traum – Medical Student, University of Maryland