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OGH donates medical supplies for Guatemala

Posted on: 06/08/2018

Pictured, from left, are Laura Williams, RN, OGH, and JCC nursing instructor; Paul Green, Pharm. D., clinical pharmacy manager, OGH; Katie Watkins, RN, nurse manager, second floor, pediatrics, OGH; Laura Aylor, buyer, pharmacy, OGH.

Olean General Hospital recently donated medical supplies to a volunteer group from Jamestown Community College traveling to Guatemala.

The group from JCC has made the trip for 15 years as part of a three-credit course offering hands on Spanish instruction from Guatemalans while exploring the history and culture of the country.

In addition to receiving college credits, nursing students on the trip will gain hands on experience assessing and providing medical care to the residents of the country who do not have access to standard healthcare, said Laura Williams, RN, OGH, and JCC nursing instructor.

“It’s a great opportunity for nurses to get experience with a second language and also clinically.”

Williams noted that things like vitamins and Tylenol that Americans use regularly are not readily available in Guatemala. While the group does receive toiletry and monetary donations from other people and organizations, she said the supplies from OGH “puts us over the top to help people.”

When she went on the trip two years ago, the group provided care for 200 people. Common ailments include dysentery, respiratory issues and iron deficiencies. “There’s no way to see them all but everyone is so appreciative. (The basic care we provide) is something they wouldn’t have had before. It’s an awesome trip.”

Upper Allegheny Health System is the parent company of Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital, affiliates of Kaleida Health. An integration of two prominent community hospitals in Southwestern New York state and Northwestern Pennsylvania, Upper Allegheny Health System’s goal is the enhancement of each hospital’s mission of care and service to their respective communities with the common goal of improving care, enhancing clinical programs and providing best-in-class service for various health needs.

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