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Hospital donates prescription drugs to help others

La Grange – Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital donated nearly $5,500 worth of medicine to an organization dedicated to helping Guatemalan families break the cycle of poverty through education, health care, housing and family development. A medical mission team from St. Paul, Minn.,-based Common Hope recently delivered the medications, vitamins, antacids, and other valued supplies to Guatemala, where clinic physicians gave thanks for the kindness of strangers.

 

“Part of our calling is to promote wellness,” said David Tsang, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital’s pharmacy director. “We try to provide quality health care wherever we can, especially if it is to a needy country. Guatemalans lack the resources, but we have the means to help, so it works out well for everyone.”

 

This is the fourth consecutive year the hospital partnered with Common Hope. The clinic near Antigua, Guatemala, serves 80 patients a day from more than 15 villages. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dentists, along with many medical volunteers, emphasize education and the need for follow-up care.

Among the medicine donated by the hospital: antibiotics, children’s chewable vitamins, anti-lice lotion, and medications for epilepsy, strep throat, hypertension, high cholesterol, peptic ulcer and diabetes. Prevalent diseases in the area include chronic conditions such as high cholesterol and diabetes that can be treated with medication and education. Lice infestations also are common because of poor sanitation and crowded living conditions.

“We are honored to be able to play a small part in this very worthwhile project,” said Conni Ainslie, pharmacy buyer at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.