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Hospital donates medical supplies for Guatemalan mission trip
La Grange – Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital donated $7,500 worth of medical and health supplies for an international mission trip last month attended by one of the hospital’s nurses and other community members.

Emergency room nurse Peder Storandt, RN, TNCC, PALS, ACLS, ERRN, a La Grange resident, accompanied a volunteer team on an eight-day mission delivering the medications, vitamins, antacids and other valuable supplies to a clinic in Guatemala. Storandt also cared for patients and helped pour the foundation for a house. The trip was organized by Common Hope, a St. Paul, Minn.,-based organization dedicated to helping Central American families break the cycle of poverty by bringing medical care, education and decent housing to impoverished families.

This is the fifth consecutive year Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital partnered with Common Hope. The clinic near Antigua, Guatemala, serves about 80 patients a day from more than 15 villages. Some families travel an entire day by foot to be seen at the clinic.
Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dentists, along with many medical volunteers, emphasize education and the need for follow-up care.
 
“It was an amazing experience, very gratifying,” said Storandt, a La Grange resident. “I had never seen that kind of poverty. But we were able to put smiles on a lot of faces. We went to a beautiful clinic and the looks on the faces of the staff and the patients showed their gratitude. It was heartwarming.”

Among the supplies donated by the hospital were antibiotics, medications for epilepsy, strep throat, hypertension, high cholesterol, peptic ulcer and diabetes and fungal infection. The hospital also donated children’s chewable vitamins. Prevalent diseases in the area include chronic conditions such as high cholesterol and diabetes that can be managed through medications and education.

“By donating these valuable supplies, we are able to maximize the number of people who are benefited,” said David Tsang, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital’s pharmacy director. “This donation is consistent with our mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ. We are answering a call to service.”