Chip in for Charity

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Join NetStandard for their first-ever charitable golf tournament on Monday, October 3rd at Deer Creek Golf Club! All net proceeds from this event will benefit NetStandard’s nonprofit Clarity IT managed services, and customers Lakemary Center, Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, and Heart to Heart International.

NetStandard is proud to help these organizations serve both members of our community and people in need around the globe by providing them with technology services that allow them to focus on their missions. Please help us continue to support the services they offer by signing up for your team today!

If you would like to sign up for the event, please go here to the Chip in for Charity golf page. Details listed below:

 

Participants

Team of Four $550
Individual Golfer $150

Schedule

Location: Deer Creek Golf Club, Overland Park, KS
Check In: Noon
Tee Off Time: 1 p.m.
Dinner Reception & Awards: 6 p.m.

Shotgun Start, Scramble Format

For additional details or to purchase a sponsorship, contact NetStandard at 913-428-4210 or marketing@netstandard.com.

HHI Founder Named as Johnson Countian of the Year

Dr. Gary Morsch, founder of Heart to Heart International, has been named as Johnson Countian of the Year for 2014  by the Johnson County Community College Foundation based in Overland Park, Kansas.

Morsch JCCCDr. Morsch will be honored at the Foundation’s 28th annual Some Enchanted Evening  gala on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Overland Park (Kansas) Marriott Hotel.

“The JCCC Foundation is privileged to recognize Dr. Morsch through this award,” said Stewart Stein, JCCC Foundation president. “His significant contributions to underserved populations and nonprofit communities are truly inspiring. We look forward to celebrating his achievements at our Some Enchanted Evening gala this fall.”

“Dr. Gary Morsch and Heart to Heart International bring aid, comfort and hope to those who suffer anywhere in the world,” said Joe Sopcich, JCCC president. “His humanitarian efforts toward individual relief have global consequences. In his quest to alleviate suffering, he does what is right, and as a result, is an inspiration to those around him and beyond. It is our honor to recognize him as the 2014 Johnson Countian of the Year.”

Read more from the JCCC news release announcing Dr. Morsch as the recipient of the Johnson Countian of the Year award.

A Return to the Philippines

A Filipino man carries a HHI Ready Relief Box onto a beach on Isla Gigantes, Philippines, after offloading it from a boat.Heart to Heart International has returned to the Philippines – leading a second team of volunteer medical providers to operate makeshift clinics and bring healthcare to people in far-flung regions of the island nation.

This follows the first wave of our Typhoon Relief Operations and the successful deployment of more than two dozen medical volunteers and staff in November/December of 2013 to areas like Tacloban and Ormoc in the wake of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.
You can read about those efforts HERE, HERE and HERE.

This second team is smaller but more mobile, as they travel across the central Philippines by air, by vehicle and by boat in order to reach quite remote locations.  The folks living in these areas, Isla Gigantes for example, were pummeled by Haiyan/Yolanda, yet have seen very little aid – and no medical attention to speak of.

So far, the team – made up of three HHI staff, a doctor, a physician’s assistant (PA) and 4 nurses – has met and treated nearly 400 people in just a couple of days.  From here, the team will travel to the large island of Samar, visiting communities that took the full brunt of the typhoon and are still dealing with the aftermath.

Click on the images below to see more from the Heart to Heart International team in the Philippines…

A Report from the Typhoon Disaster Zone (Part Two)

Dr. Rick w/ BabyOur Advance Team is on the ground on Leyte Island in the Philippines delivering direct patient care to hundreds of people who need it. One doctor & one nurse seeing hundreds of patients. That is changing, as more Heart to Heart International volunteers are arriving.

Our Advance Team:
Rick Randolph, MD
is a physician based in the Kansas City Metro, and a HHI board member.
Sue Mangicaro, RN 
is volunteering for the Advance Team, on “loan” from Welch Allyn where she is the Director of Clinical Affairs.
Julie Hefner,
a HHI staffer & Team Lead

What follows is some of Dr. Rick’s observations during his time treating patients in the disaster zone.  To read comments from Sue in Part One, click here.

2013-11-19 14.42.27RICK: This deployment was off to a hectic start for me.  I was out of town when the Typhoon struck and I committed to deploy with HHI while in New Orleans.  That compressed the preparation time since I had patients scheduled for the week.  My practice is used to my trips and generously accommodated my request for time off.

After meeting with the Heart to Heart staff, Julie Hefner and I flew to Los Angeles to meet up with Sue Mangicaro and then on to Cebu, Philippines.  It was a long flight over a total of 14 time zones and we were exhausted the day we arrived with jet lag.  

At the Ormoc city hall we met Commander Joseph Ring of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mustin.  He had two helicopters and was the on scene commander for the US military lead relief efforts.  Very handy.  Upon our arrival, we received a request for medical support for a village in the hills.  Cmdr. Ring dispatched a helicopter to the village and within 30 minutes we received a medical assessment from the Navy medic that there was no major medical needs, although they did desperately need food and clean water.  That saved us a day of walking into the mountains (the only other way to get there) for a place where there wasn’t a great medical need.  

2013-11-22 15.31.53At our first clinic at a local church where we were assigned, we saw about 75 patients in a shortened day. There were some injuries from the typhoon and a lot of illness from the contaminated water and the smoke in the air from burning debris (intentionally burned for disposal).  There were also several with chronic illness and a significant number of those who were severely stressed by their circumstances who can’t sleep or who somaticize {ed. note: anxiety converted into physical symptoms}.

The force of the Typhoon is evident in the substantial structures as well as the small houses.  The larger structures absorbed more force and roofs and walls were taken down.  The smaller houses were less substantial and had less structural strength and many were totally destroyed.
2013-11-20 13.29.15There is debris everywhere. The roads are mostly cleared to some extent.  Smoke is everywhere as people burn trash and debris. 

There is no electricity and probably won’t be for at least 6 months.  Generators are the only source of power.  The hotel where we stay {pic on right} has a large one and has established dozens of outlets outside the hotel for people to charge their cell phones, run their nebulizers for asthma and just watch the TV in the lobby for news.

Ormoc City is a functioning city.  The economy is turning back on and the health of the people isn’t too bad. The streets are bustling with activity.  Tacloban, on the other hand, has disintegrated.  There are many internally displaced persons from Tacloban in Ormoc despite the 100 kilometer distance.

Please support Heart to Heart International by Donating Now
to our Disaster Readiness & Response Fund
.
Your donations will help deliver aid and support our relief efforts
in the Philippines, as well as help keep HHI prepared for
disasters like Typhoon Haiyan.

Get Your HHI Fall Newsletter Here!

newsletter 2013 imageHeart to Heart International’s Fall 2013 Newsletter is
now available for download as a PDF.

To access the 2013 Fall Newsletter, simply click one of the images in this email to download a PDF of the newsletter, or click here.

This version is designed to be easily read and viewed on your computer or mobile device. (mobile users: this is best viewed using a PDF viewer like the free Adobe Reader app). This format is also perfect for sharing with others!

newsletter image verticalThe content of this online version is the same as our printed version… But there’s more!
Look for ‘clickable’ links and images throughout to learn and see more of what HHI is doing.  In this edition you’ll learn:

  • Why Sustainability is so important to us and the people we serve
  • How HHI is addressing water and sanitation issues in the fight against cholera in Haiti
  • The amount of aid delivered around the USA & the World in the first half of 2013
  • How corporate donors help us create a Ripple Effect in safety-net clinics
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • How You Can Help in 4 Easy Ways!

Thank you for taking the time to read about the latest with Heart to Heart International…
…and Thank You for your continued support!