During the week of April 23rd, 2017, 14 representatives of the Rotary Club of East Bremerton, WA put this long held motto of Rotary International into action through a project for Hospice Mazatlan, I.A.P.
The entire interior of the office for Hospice, Mazatlan, I.A.P was prepped and paint (office is a 2-story house). Additional Storage area was created by enclosing the garage and patio. The current inventor of medical supplies, such as hospital beds, wheel chairs, walkers, etc. were repaired.
Through the generous support of the members of the Rotary Club of East Bremerton WA, a check for $6000 USD was presented to Lois Croley, Director of Nursing and Adriana Carrillo, Director of Administration. This monetary donation from the Rotary Club will be used to purchase durable medical equipment such as hospital beds, wheelchairs, oxygen concentrators, and a hoyer life.
Hospice Mazatlan, I.A.P. was founded approximately 9 years ago. It is the only hospice agency in the the state of Sinaloa. This agency services the municipality of Mazatlan and anyone living in that area who needs end-of-life care regardless of nationality or ability to pay.
Hospice Care in Mazatlan is similar to that in the states and Canada. Nurses provide care and education in the homes of the families and patients on a visitation basis. A nurse is available 24 hours a day for urgent needs. A physician is part of the team and is involved and informed about each patient and consults with the nurses to develop and customize a plan of care that changes as the patients needs change. A social worker also assesses each family for financial needs including food, housing, and ability to contribute some payment towards the cost of hospice services.
Currently, health insurance in Mexico does not cover the expense of hospice care or end-of-life care. Many families simply pay what they can and still feed their family. This vital link in healthcare is very dependent on grants and donations.
The team members are both honored and humbled to participate in this project.
Donna Evans, Darlene Iskra, Jan Keiser, Paul Ofsthun, Tanya Parypa, Isabell Plaetl-exchange student from Germany, Jim and Connie Stephens, Dora Veh-exchange student from Hungary, Larry White, Bill Wright, Kim Zook, and Mary & Dan DeMers all participated in this week long project.