The Project HOPE volunteers participated in their last day of medical care in the Federated States of Micronesia with Bridget Binko, Anina Terry, Lance Sateren and Andrew Siler taking their medical skills to Pohnpei Hospital.
The site was filled with activity before the medical team even arrived. With smiles on their faces, the volunteers quickly organized the day’s medical activities and opened up the registration process.
"We took care of a ton of patients today, some with really interesting cases,” said HOPE volunteer Bridget Binko who has represented Project HOPE on the Pacific Partnership 2011 (PP 11) medical team for its entire 4-month mission. “Some patients had acute problems, like skin rashes and tumors," she says.
"It was quite a day, working with the pharmacist, and the tech," adds Sateren, a Pharmacist from North Dakota. “It was a great way to exchange tips and knowledge about our career field. I also learned that even though we are thousands of miles away from each other, our cultures may be different; there were many similarities to the way that medication is distributed in Pohnpei and in the United States.”
Working at the registration table, the patients were greeted by the welcoming face of first-time Project HOPE volunteer, Terry, a registered nurse from San Francisco. "It was really something, to just have the chance to help out as many people as we did, and make a difference in the community," says Terry.
Volunteers and the entire PP 11 medical team cared for more than 600 patients at the Pohnpei hospital site.
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