Long Island-Based Medical Mission Reaches Patients in Need
Members of the medical mission to Jamaica organized by the LJDR Davis Foundation (below). Left: A young patient is seen by a member of the team.
One of the programs funded by the CHS Caregivers Fund in 2014 was a medical mission to the West Indies under the auspices of the LJDR Davis Foundation. Organized by Novlet Davis, ANP-C, a nurse practitioner at St. Francis Hospital and adjunct professor at Molloy College, the effort was led by St. Francis’s Pharmacy Director Steve Cabble and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Director Thomas Pappas, MD. The team traveled to Brandon Hill in Clarendon, Jamaica.
With assistance from the CHS Caregivers Fund, the group cared for patients with uncontrolled hypertension and diabetes, skin disorders, asthma and other chronic diseases. They served more than 1,100 patients, filled about 1,800 prescriptions and provided 30 wheelchairs and 50 walkers, shower chairs and other pieces of equipment. Also, the team performed more than 200 echocardiograms and 300 EKGs. The volunteers fed the hungry, clothed some of the poorest people in the community and visited the homebound. Educational sessions were offered, as well, and local caregivers received training.
The leadership of the LJDR Davis Foundation includes Ms. Davis, Dr. Pappas and two other CHS staff members—laboratory technician Christopher Mowatt and Neil R. Bercow, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon. In 2013, Dr. Bercow donated his surgical services so a patient from Brandon Hill could have a lifesaving open heart procedure at St. Francis.
“It is good to know I am surrounded by caring, compassionate people,” commented Ms. Davis. “I am honored to work for an institution such as this. Because of this gift to the LJDR Davis Foundation, we were able to accomplish our goal and fulfill our mission, which is helping the underserved community.”
To learn how you can get involved in the Caregivers Fund, please call (631) 465-6283 or simply download the donation form.