REACHING OUT TO A WORLD IN NEED, A CONSISTENT THEME FOR HEI EMPLOYEES
As part of HEI’s service to humanity initiative, HEI doctors often travel to underdeveloped countries to perform specialized ear surgery where no qualified local surgeon is available. While there, they also provide on site training to ear doctors in these countries. In the future, telemedicine may be a way for HEI doctors to assess patients both in the United States and internationally. They could then make recommendations to on site medical staff regarding their patients’ treatments.
HEI doctors often travel to underdeveloped countries to perform specialized ear surgery where no qualified local surgeon is available. While there, they also provide on site training to ear doctors in these countries.
As part of our service to humanity initiative our doctors often travel to Africa, Vietnam, Jordan and other countries where there may not be a specialist available to treat specific medical problems that require surgery.
In 2005, Albert Ramirez, a twenty-one year veteran at the Hough Ear Institute traveled half way around the world, covered most of his own costs, and risked his own health and well-being just to provide some children in Africa with hearing evaluations? “Albert’s trip to Nairobi, Kenya was sponsored by a local church and by the internationally acclaimed ministry, Feed the Children. The purpose for the trip was to provide a local abandoned baby center equipment, supplies and a “whole lot of love.” The Hough Ear Institute provided medical equipment, and Albert conducted hearing screening on approximately one hundred children. “We quickly learned,” states Ramirez, “more than twenty-five percent of the children had serious hearing issues. This is, I think, brought on by poor hygiene, especially as it relates to unhealthy water conditions.” One direct benefit of the trip is that there is now a treatment center for persons with profound hearing loss.
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