Committed leaders

The experience of Iowa MOST (Miles of Smiles Team) is one that CHANGES LIVES not only for those served but also for those who help! This labor of love would not exist without the leadership of Gary Pacha, chair of the Iowa MOST mission. We all owe deep gratitude to Gary for the untold hours/days/years…

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Father-Son Team

Medical director of Iowa MOST, Dr. John Canady and son Frank Canady, a senior at Grinnell College who will begin medical school at the University of Iowa in the fall, had the opportunity to experience Iowa MOST together for the first time in 2014. Dr. Canady, an ear, nose and throat–plastic surgery specialist, has been…

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District Leaders at Work on Mission

The Iowa MOST mission is a project of Rotary District 6000. On the 2014 trip, District Governor, Jacque Andrew, and District Governor-Elect, John Ockenfels and Deb Ockenfels, participated. Jacque served as photo-journalist to document and share the team’s efforts via Facebook and the blog site. DGE John lead the organization of supplies and equipment, assisted…

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Somos un Equipo

Somos un equipo–we ARE a team! It is tradition of the mission on the last day to have a farewell gathering of the Iowa MOST team and as many of the hospital staff who can attend. This is an opportunity to express gratitude for the exemplary team effort; a monetary gift is presented along with…

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Dr. Dan and Microscope

Ear nose and throat specialist Dr. Dan Jorgensen, an Iowa MOST team member, donated an operating microscope to the Salus hospital for on-going use.  The equipment may be used as it is here by Dr. Jorgensen to evaluate ears and insert ear tubes.  in addition it may be used for wound closures and colposcopies.  Nurse…

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University Lectures

A new way for members of the team to contribute to the area was through an invitation to the surgeons to lecture at the Huehuetenango medical school.  Over 100 students heard Iowa MOST team members Dr. Brian Andrews and Dr. Ross Zbar, plastic surgeons, present lectures on cranial-facial surgery and burn wound care and treatment.  The opportunity to teach local…

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Dr. Gomez Lectures at da Vinci

Pediatrician Oscar Gomez, a member of the Iowa MOST team, was invited to speak at a Da Vinci University School of Medicine Huehuetenango-based conference that was live streamed to four other locations in Guatemala and Mexico. As an infectious diseases specialist, his topic was acute gastroenteritis and its after effects. He received an award from…

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Leave It Better

“Leave it better than you found it” is an informal motto of Iowa MOST. During the mission, bio-medical engineer, Dennis Wilson assisted by DGE John Ockenfels repaired numerous pieces of equipment returning them to good working order. The items of equipment included a12 lead EKG machine , anesthesia machine, baby warmer, two infusion pumps, table…

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Hope for Care

Families make incredible sacrifice in the hopes of accessing care through the Iowa MOST mission.  The youngest patient served on this trip was 5 month old Francisco. His father brought him to be screened alone because the baby’s mother had become paralyzed after childbirth and could not travel. Little Francisco had no shortage of people who want to hug…

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Books

Rotary District 6000 Rotarians contributed generously to a book fund established by District Governor Jacque Andrew.  While in Guatemala, DG Jacque purchased books using money from the fund with the assistance of Salus hospital friend, Rosanna De La Roca, for a village school served by the Casa Colibri clinic.  She and Casa Colibri director, Paco…

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