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WSF Philippines Mission 2013: The Power to Change Lives

June 3, 2013

Bernie Lopez, a Filipino journalist and videographer, accompanied the World Surgical Foundation on its medical mission to Coron, Palawan, Philippines from 24 – 28 February 2013. The following documentary showcases WSF’s Adopt-a-Hospital program, highlights the importance of collaboration with local physicians and gives the viewer an up-close look at a World Surgical Foundation mission and its volunteers.

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Events: Tennis Tournament Registration Extended

May 18, 2013

The registration deadline for the Dr. W. Minster Kunkel Memorial and World Surgical Foundation Junior Team Tennis Tournaments has been extended until Wednesday, 22 May 2013. The Kunkel Memorial Tournament is being held at West Shore Country Club on 24 May and the Junior Team Tennis Tournament is on 25 May at Harrisburg Academy Courts. 10 player slots are open for each tournament. WSF thanks you for your participation!

Please contact David Remmel [remmeld@landmarkcr.com] or April Gift [agift0810@verizon.net] respectively.

Download the forms below for player and sponsorship information or to submit by mail:

6th Annual Dr. W. Minster Kunkel Memorial Tennis Tournament brochure and form

WSF 3rd Annual Junior Team Tennis Tournament flyer and entry form

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2013 Honduras Surgical Brigade

May 17, 2013

World Surgical Foundation will be sponsoring its annual surgical brigade at the Dr. Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital in San Pedro Sula, Honduras from 22 to 27 September 2013. This 6-day medical mission is co-sponsored by Casa Corazón, The Heart House, a ministry of Mountville Mennonite Church and division of Special Missions Foundation.

Check back soon for updates or for more information e-mail: info@worldsurgicalfoundation.org.

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2013 Facebook Integration

May 15, 2013

As Facebook has become the de facto online meeting place for many of WSF’s website visitors, the World Surgical Foundation will be adding more functionality to its site allowing for deeper integration with the social networking service.

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Events: 2013 Tennis Tournaments

May 3, 2013

It’s not too late! Registration deadline for the Dr. W. Minster Kunkel Memorial and World Surgical Foundation Junior Team Tennis Tournaments is 15 May 2013. The Kunkel Memorial Tournament is being held at West Shore Country Club on 24 May. The Junior Team Tennis Tournament is on 25 May at Harrisburg Academy Courts. Please contact David Remmel [remmeld@landmarkcr.com] or April Gift [agift0810@verizon.net] respectively. Download the forms below for more information or to submit by mail.

Registration forms:

6th Annual Dr. W. Minster Kunkel Memorial Tennis Tournament brochure and form

WSF 3rd Annual Junior Team Tennis Tournament flyer and entry form

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2013 WSF Junior Tennis Tournament

April 10, 2013

The World Surgical Foundation will hold its 3rd Annual Junior Tennis Tournament at Harrisburg Academy Courts on Saturday, 25 May 2013 from 9 AM to 2 PM. The tournament is open to ages 13 through 18 and will be junior team tennis (JTT) format. Matches are boys’ and girls’ 18s singles and doubles as well as mixed doubles. There is an entry limit of 16 boys and 16 girls. Registration deadline is 15 May 2013. To enter download the registration form and submit by mail or contact April Gift [agift0810@verizon.net]. Sponsorship and other donations can also be submitted with the same form. Click here to download.

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2013 Dr. W. Minster Kunkel Memorial Tennis Tournament

April 10, 2013

The 6th Annual Dr. W. Minster Kunkel Memorial Tennis Tournament will be held at the West Shore Country Club (Camp Hill, PA) on Friday, 24 May 2013 from 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM. The tournament format is round-robin mixed doubles and limited to 32 players. Tennis will be followed by a barbecue at the pavilion. To enter contact David Remmel by phone: (717) 731-1990 or e-mail: remmeld@landmarkcr.com. Download the registration form to submit by mail. Deadline is 15 May 2013. Entry fee and sponsor/patron information is on the form. Click here to download.

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2013 Mission Central Warehouse Closings

April 10, 2013

The dates Mission Central is closed during 2013 are:

 

January 1 (Tuesday)

January 21 (Monday)

February 18 (Monday)

March 28 (Thursday)

March 29 (Friday)

April 1 (Saturday)

May 24 (Friday – close at noon)

May 25 (Saturday)

May 27 (Monday

July 4 (Thursday)

July 5 (Friday)

August 30 (Friday – close at noon)

August 31 (Saturday)

September 2 (Monday)

November 27 (Wednesday – close at noon)

November 28 (Thursday)

November 29 (Friday)

November 30 (Saturday)

December 23 (Monday)

December 24 (Tuesday)

December 25 (Wednesday)

December 26 (Thursday)

December 31 (Tuesday)

January 1, 2014 (Wednesday)

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Mission Focus: Philippines 2013 – Pinpointed Surgery

April 2, 2013

As medical care needs of the poor across the globe continue to rise, the World Surgical Foundation’s work never ceases. Once the larger mission in Coron, Palawan was complete, Drs. Domingo and Veneranda Alvear along with a contingent of local Filipino physicians headed to Cagayan de Oro City in Northern Mindanao for WSF’s 2nd Annual Pull-through Mission in the Philippines on 6 – 8 March 2013.

This mission was sponsored locally by the Philippine College of Surgeons chapter in Northern Mindanao at the Xavier University Community Health Care Center. Because of the complexities and follow-up care needed for the procedures, WSF can only hold these missions in geographically desirable areas with adequate medical facilities and available specialists. Again, collaboration is the key.

Pull-through missions focus primarily on Hirschsprung’s disease and anorectal malformations/imperforate anus. Anorectal malformations occur once in every 4,500 live births and many of these defects can be corrected at birth or soon after. But in the Philippines sometimes all that can be done to save a child’s life is performing a colostomy. And these children are why the World Surgical Foundation exists. By holding these focused missions, WSF is able to completely change lives. Instead of staying home or being ashamed because they have a colostomy, children can go on to lead happy, normal lives.

WSF was able to help 16 patients including 2 young adults aged 19 and 26 who now have a second chance at life without a colostomy. In addition to teaching new techniques or showing how to correctly use a Peña Muscle Stimulator for detecting the location of the anus, Dr. Alvear also performed a rather uncommon procedure called a colon interposition. By taking a section of the colon and using it to bridge a gap between the esophagus and the stomach, Dr. Alvear was able to give this 1-year-old patient a working digestive system thus saving him from a lifetime of tube feedings.

If you haven’t already, read Jennifer’s Blog entries for more stories and in-depth interviews about the Philippines 2013 Mission in Coron.

Next stop for the World Surgical Foundation is Honduras in September 2013.

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Mission Wrap-up: Philippines 2013 – Successful Collaboration

March 13, 2013

On Thursday, 28 February 2013, the World Surgical Foundation finished its surgical mission at Coron District Hospital on Busuanga Island in the province of Palawan, Philippines. This surgical mission was part of the Adopt Coron District Hospital Project begun on 4 December 2011.

In cooperation with the Philippine College of Surgeons, WSF performed 224 procedures including 110 minor surgeries, 50 OB/GYN, 41 general, 16 plastic and 7 pediatric. The 5-day mission in Coron proves the model of collaboration works successfully with equal numbers of WSF doctors and local Philippine counterparts represented. World Surgical Foundation could not have performed as many procedures alone. Without the Philippine College of Surgeons along with local anesthesiologists and nurses, WSF doctors would be working until well past midnight and have to turn patients away daily.

For more in-depth interviews, pictures and stories check out Jennifer’s Blog and remember to Like Us on Facebook.

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