Local Rotary Clubs Welcome Doctors From Argentina

The Rotary Club of St. Croix Falls is pleased to be a participating club in the $72,592 humanitarian grant put together by the Blaine-Ham Lake Rotary Club.  The following press release explains what the project entails.

Date: April 19, 2011
Blaine-Ham Lake Rotary Club
St. Croix Falls Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Blaine-Ham Lake is the International Sponsor Club for the Rotary Foundation Global Humanitarian Grant to provide medical equipment focused on maternal and child health to four public hospitals in Argentina. The club, along with 20 other Rotary Clubs in Minnesota and Argentina, has joined together with the respective Rotary Districts and The Rotary Foundation to make the $72,592 grant reality.

As part of the sustainability component of the Grant, the Blaine-Ham Lake Rotary Club along with several other local Clubs are hosting four doctors from Argentina to meet with physicians and other healthcare providers, hospital and other health care administrators, community and county agency representatives, public safety officials, and numerous others to learn about the American health care system from April 9th to April 21st. Dr. Humberto Acosta, Dr. Cecilia Zerbo, Dr. Veronica Pringay, and Dr. Marcos Hermida will be arriving in the United States on April 9th to begin their Vocational Training Team experience.

The following Clubs contributed to the Grant: Anoka, Belle Plaine, Blaine-Ham Lake, Cambridge-Isanti, Coon Rapids, Elk River, Fridley-Columbia Heights, Greater Rochester, Hudson Daybreak, New Brighton-Mounds View, Rochester, Rochester Risers, St. Croix Falls/Taylors Falls, Wabasha, White Bear Lake, Woodbury and Zumbrota along with District 5960 in Minnesota/Wisconsin, and Alberti, General San Martin, General Sarmiento, and Villa Libertad de General San Martin along with District 4855 in Argentina.

Equipment at the four hospitals, Hospital Nuestra Senora de la Mercad, Hospital San Martin, Hospital Eva Peron, and Hospital Raul Larcade, includes hearing, neurological and other screening equipment for newborns, and equipment to detect uterine cancer. It is estimated that the equipment will help approximately 61,000 patients annually.

“We have worked with these Rotary Clubs in Argentina as partners in providing medical equipment for maternal and newborn care for several years now, but this is the largest and most collaborative grant especially with the exciting opportunity to host the Vocational Training Team from Argentina. The opportunity to make a difference in another part of the world with so many other partners working together is truly the spirit of Rotary,” said Tanya Crawford, President of the Blaine-Ham Lake Rotary Club.

The equipment will be ordered and delivered by September 1, 2011, once the Vocational Training Team returns to Argentina.

Rotary International is a volunteer organization of business, professional, and community leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotary club members belonging to 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Learn more at www.rotary.org or www.district 5960.org.

Contact: Tanya Crawford, President, Blaine-Ham Lake Rotary Club
E-mail: tmcrawford8@gmail.com
Tel: 763-458-7004


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