NEWS Press Releases Glendale Adventist Medical Center and Armenia Fund, Inc. complete medical mission in Noyemberyan2016-10-26
Glendale Adventist Medical Center and Armenia Fund, Inc. complete medical mission in NoyemberyanThrough the joint initiative of Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) and Armenia Fund. Inc., a team of close to 50 doctors and other medical staff from the United States provided free medical services at Armenia’s Noyemberyan Hospital from October 16 to 21. The beneficiaries comprised more than 1,700 patients from throughout the Tavush and Lori regions. The provided services included general surgery, ophthalmological, maxillofacial, gynecological, and other surgeries, in addition to check-ups and general medical care.
Made possible by the combined support of Armenia Fund, Inc. and the Executive Board of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, the large-scale medical mission built on the success of the first mission, which was implemented in 2015. This year’s mission was once again headed by GAMC president and CEO Kevin Roberts. In the run-up to the mission and in order to ensure optimal operational efficiency, an initial group of medical professionals had arrived in Noyemberyan to prepare the medical equipment, instruments, and medicines that were donated to Noyemberyan Hospital within the framework of the project.
Last year’s mission was carried out at Noyemberyan Hospital in the fall of 2015, when a team of doctors from GAMC performed 40 surgeries and provided a broad range of services to over 900 area residents. This year, the scale of the mission was expanded significantly, benefiting over 1,700 patients and including 110 surgeries. During the implementation of the project, GAMC doctors stated that many of the cases they were entrusted with required urgent attention.
Following the completion of the mission, the GAMC team was received by Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan and Health Minister Levon Altunyan at the prime minister’s office. Both ministers expressed high praise for the work of the medical professionals, as well as the leadership of GAMC and Hayastan Fund US Western Region. In his remarks, the prime minister also emphasized the importance of the mission “as an endeavor that fosters a new culture of professionalism in Armenia.”
In 2015, as part of the first medical mission, GAMC donated a fully equipped ambulance; advanced medical machinery, including anesthesia machines and surgical instruments; and medicines to Noyemberyan Hospital. Another ambulance was donated to the hospital by Hayastan All-Armenian Fund benefactor Antranig Baghdassarian of Los Angeles.
In 2010 and 2011, Noyemberyan Hospital was rebuilt, refurnished, and provided with medical equipment through the joint support of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s German, Swiss, Australian, and Lebanese affiliates. The GAMC-Hayastan Fund mission is significant not only in terms of providing critically needed medical services to the local population, but also given its immensely positive psychological effect on border communities.
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