In 2016, CAMTA’s team of 90 volunteers – medical professionals and lay people – changed the lives of 69 Ecuadoreans and their families. We performed 35 procedures on 31 children and did 43 hip replacements for 38 adults. Five of those adults had BOTH hips replaced and walked out of the hospital a few days later!

We are happy to say that ALL of our patients were discharged before we left Quito that year. This doesn’t always happen. Patients who have surgery late in Week Two often need to be cared for for a day or two by Dr. Manuel Ordoñez and the very competent staff at Un Canto a la Vida Hospital. Quito’s Dr. Ordoñez saw or heard from all of our patients  shortly after the CAMTA team left Ecuador in March 2016 and all was well with everyone!

It’s not all surgery. Four of our CAMTA surgeons and a resident presented at the Second Annual Tierra Nueva Foundation Conference on Orthopedics and Traumatology. Their talks were well received by local doctors, orthopedic residents and physiotherapists in attendance. We are already planning for the Third Conference in 2017.

We taught CPR to local nurses and nursing students, reviewing the basics of adult and child CPR, the Heimlich maneuver and the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator).

CAMTA physiotherapists met with  Ecuadorian physiotherapists and, with assistance from translators, discussed commonalities and differences between physiotherapy diagnostic and assessment protocols between the two countries. Future presentations, shadowing and information sharing will continue to build a collaborative relationship between the CAMTA  and the Tierra Nueva physiotherapists.  

And, as always, CAMTA ward nurses found ample opportunities throughout the Mission to share knowledge on the care of post-op orthopedic patients. 

2016 Team Members:

Adam PetriwTranslator
Adela Sandigo GrossRN – Ward – Adult
Alessandra GessnerPhysician – Family Practice
Alexandra TapiaTranslator
Aline Pourbaix YoungAdministration
Alyssa ChappellRN – Ward – Pediatric
Anika BoulayStudent – General
April OlsenStudent – General
Ashlee DobbePhysician – Orthopedic Surgeon – Pediatric
Barb MoreauAdministration
Bazilia Da SilvaPhysiotherapist
Beverly RunkaRN – Recovery Room – Pediatric
Blair GallantRespiratory Therapist
Brian Iniguez & Cybil StephensOther
Carolyn HuiPhysician – Anesthesiologist – Adult
Carolyn PerryLay Person
Cathy MoreauLay Person
Cathy HutchinsonRN – Operating Room – Adult
Christine LaiRN – Operating Room – Pediatric
Dan BruhaLay Person
Dana DeverdenneRN – Recovery Room – Pediatric
Daniel LefebvreLay Person
Deb ChalupaRN – Ward – Adult
Dianne CortezRN – Ward – Pediatric
Don DickPhysician – Orthopedic Surgeon – Pediatric
Donna BrownRN – Operating Room – Pediatric
Donna GrayLay Person
Edward MassonPhysician – Orthopedic Surgeon – Adult
Emily CogglesPhysiotherapist
Erica GravesRN – Ward – Adult
Faisal KassamRN – Recovery Room – Adult
Florian RudolphPhysician – Anesthesiologist – Pediatric
Francisco GallardoTranslator
Glenn DayRespiratory Therapist
Greg ZinterInformation Technologist/Patient Admitting Clerk
Heather PerlRN – Operating Room – Adult
Ian StefanukStudent – General
In Memory of Consuelo AlvarezTranslator
Jackie WiebeAdministration
Jacqueline BronTranslator
Jalal NanjiResident – Anesthesia
James JarvisPhysician – Orthopedic Surgeon – Pediatric
Jenna SoRN – Operating Room – Adult
Jim RasoInformation Technologist/Patient Admitting Clerk
Joanne MontgomeryPhysiotherapist
Judith ChaffeeRN – Ward – Adult
Julianna DeutscherCommunications – Mission Blogger
Julie CadrinRN – Ward – Pediatric
Justine FergusonPhysiotherapy Assistant
Karen CalhounLay Person
Kathy BonitzRN – Operating Room – Adult
Kayla StricklandRN – Ward – Adult
Kristen RedheadPhysiotherapist
Lisa BleackleyRN – Ward – Adult
Mairi GordonRN – Recovery Room – Adult
Marc MoreauPhysician – Orthopedic Surgeon – Pediatric
Mary HurlburtPhysician – Family Practice
Masaru YukawaPhysician – Anesthesiologist – Adult
Matthew MoreauTravel Person/Logistics
Megan HowlettStudent – General
Megan CashinPhysician – Orthopedic Surgeon – Pediatric
Melisa MartinRN – Ward – Adult
Michele DerbyshireRN – Operating Room – Pediatric
Michelle LordRN – Operating Room – Adult
Nayef DajimResident – Orthopedics
Neil SaranPhysician – Orthopedic Surgeon – Pediatric
Norah MatthiesResident – Orthopedics
Pamela PotterLay Person
Paul MoreauPhysician – Orthopedic Surgeon – Adult
Paul LeungPhysician – Orthopedic Surgeon – Adult
Pauline WorsfoldRN – Recovery Room – Adult
Peggy ProdorLay Person
Rachel OatesPhysiotherapist
Rebecca GrayTranslator
Ricardo RodasRN – Operating Room – Adult
Robert PotterLay Person
Robert SealPhysician – Anesthesiologist – Pediatric
Ryan PaulResident – Orthopedics
Ryan WrightPhysician – Family Practice
Saifee RashiqPhysician – Anesthesiologist – Adult
Saison DemitorO.R. Technician
Sammy RuizTranslator/Logistics
Savanna RudlandRN – Operating Room – Adult
Sebastian Rodriguez-ElizaldePhysician – Orthopedic Surgeon – Adult
Shannon PowellRN – Ward – Pediatric
Simone La GuerreRN – Recovery Room – Adult
Stephanie StaceyPhysician – Family Practice
Tegan McGrawRN – Ward – Pediatric
Timothy KostamoPhysician – Orthopedic Surgeon – Adult
Timothy SmithTranslator
Toby CubittTranslator
Wendy ReadLay Person