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Volunteer Medical and Dental Missions to Mexico

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MAY   2011


Two planes left on Thursday and three came down on Friday. The weather was generally good both directions, with some tail winds for the trip home on Sunday. Winds were very strong on the ground at Calexico, but there was very little turbulence on the trip from Calexico to Santa Barbara.

The medical clinic was well staffed but the doctors saw fewer patients than usual, possibly due to a  fiesta that was also happening in a neighboring town.  Dr. Kevin Hutton, with son Chris translating, and Dr. Eric McFarland, with translator Teresita, provided excellent care for all those who did attend the clinic.  Margo Kenney and EMT Christel Witt took vitals and Christel did additional lab work when needed.  Susan Grube coordinated triage.  Myra Cochran (FNP), with help from Alex Young, managed the pharmacy and took advantage of a little extra time to clean out the “old” and organize the “new” meds and supplies. 
The dental clinic was staffed with only two dentists this trip. Dr. Stu Macpherson and Roni did all the fillings, while Dr. John Grube and Larry Cochran did all the extractions and delivered two dentures. Prophys were provided by Angela Vanden Brulle and Ilse Longeriche. The dental clinic ran efficiently, with Karyn Yule sterilizing instruments and Scott Walther coordinating triage.  

Another thanks to the pilots who transfer fuel to other planes while the clinics are in progress…  Just another example of great team work and is greatly appreciated.

There was a wonderful memorial and celebration of life for Marilynn Enns this past Saturday at Rincon upper lot, overlooking the beach. We will dedicate and place a plaque in her honor this next June trip, after the clinic.

REMINDER….  Aug 13, 2011…  Summer Splash Sunset/Moonrise Cruise on the Channel Cat… Saturday evening… Aeromédicos’ fund raiser.  Send in your reservation, with a check for $125 per person, to Aeromedicos, P.O. Box 538, Goleta, CA, 93116, or call Marilyn Zellet (805) 452-5981, for more information. 

PILOTS:  John Grube, Frank Heintz, Larry Cochran, Stu and Roni MacPherson, Ted Kenney
MDs: Eric McFarland, Kevin Hutton      FNP: Myra Cochran        EMTs: Chris Hutton, Christel Witt 
HELPERS: Karyn Yule, Ilse Longeriche, Angela Vanden Brulle, Margo Kenney, Alex Young, Julie Hourtiguet         INTERPRETERS:  Susan Grube , Scott Walther, Teresita Carmello      
DENTISTS: Stu MacPherson, John Grube   DENTAL ASSISTANTS: Roni MacPherson, Larry Cochran

JUNE volunteers, call Karyn at 805 895-6750.       JUNE clinic will be June 11, leaving Friday,  June 10.

Potluck:  June 1, Wedensday,  6:30 p.m.,  at the home of  John and Lisa Derrick      - Map and information are below.

Pre Trip Potluck ; Wednesday JUNE 1 st

Home of  Lisa and John Derrick.    21 E. Pedregosa.  Santa Barbara CA 93101
Bring a dish to share; Drinks will be provided.  Potluck starts gathering at 6:30, food served at 7:30 pm, meeting to follow. 

map to Derrick's house


P.O. Box 538
Goleta  CA 93116

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