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Ernie Sandona (left), biomedical engineer and Issa Trust Foundation volunteer, demonstrates some of the modern features of the state-of-the art ECG machine to Dr Vincent Riley, cardiologist.

Ernie Sandona (left), biomedical engineer and Issa Trust Foundation volunteer, demonstrates some of the modern features of the state-of-the art ECG machine to Dr Vincent Riley, cardiologist.

Reported by the Jamaica Gleaner Friday | November 25, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Over the past two weeks, the Issa Trust Foundation – founded as the non-profit arm of Couples Resorts in 2005 – has donated a total of $10.3 million in equipment and supplies to hospitals in St Mary, St Ann and Portland as well as the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital. Twenty autoclaves (valued at $3.4 million), which are medical electronic equipment that sterilise surgical instruments under high temperature and high pressure, were part of the donation, as well as a new Welch Allyn ECG machine valued at $580,000. A crucial element of donations made by the Issa Trust Foundation is the provision of training and maintenance. Ernie Sandona, a biomedical engineer from Michigan, United States, was on hand to conduct a training session to approximately 30 attendees at the Annotto Bay Conference Centre. His training focused on the proper use and maintenance of the equipment to ensure longevity.   A shipment of new cribs, mattresses, IV poles and baby scales, all donated by Direct Relief, a valued partner of the Issa Trust Foundation, was made to the St Ann’s Bay Hospital with a value of $1.9 million.
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Sav La Mar Hospital received a donation 13 Stretcher beds, new mattresses and equipment donated in September 2016. The Accident and Emergency Department gave thanks for the donation. ae-test
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Unlocking doors by opening eyes

An amazing team of volunteers embarked on the Vision Mission to impact the lives of the children in health and education. This has been one of the most fulfilling experiences to watch the incredible gift of the volunteers, and teachers showing genuine sense of compassion and love. The team spent two days at the Ocho Rios Primary School, one day at the Oracabessa High School and Free Hill Primary School. In 4 days, the team provided 1, 505 eye exams, 293 glasses were dispensed in addition to 17 referrals at no cost.

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Celebrating our 10th Year Anniversary! Thank you to all of our partners, volunteers and friends for your support!

View “Celebrating 10 Years of Giving Back” commemorative online brochure on the Jamaica Gleaner Website

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Reported by the Jamaica Gleaner Friday | April 22, 2016 | by Christopher Thomas

Director of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) Dr Ken Garfield Douglas (left) exchanges a warm handshake with Chairman of the Issa Trust Foundation Paul Issa, while President and Chief Executive Officer of the foundation Diane Pollard shares the moment. Occasion was handover of neonatal equipment to the hospital’s special-care unit.

WESTERN BUREAU:

The Issa Trust Foundation has given a commitment to the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital in Westmoreland to fully outfit the facility’s neonatal unit as well as finance the training of staff to care for premature babies.

The commitment was given on Tuesday by Paul Issa, the chairman of the Issa Trust Foundation, during a brief launch ceremony on the grounds of the hospital. He also used the opportunity to outline additional plans by the organisation to improve health care at the hospital as well as at other facilities islandwide.

“I think we know that this hospital, along with every other hospital in Jamaica, has had some severe challenges, but we hope to be able to help you bridge the gap and address these issues,” Issa told stakeholders in his brief address. “We want to help you to improve the service that you offer to the community of western Jamaica.”

The neonatal unit has been equipped at a cost of J$24 million. Additional funds will be provided for the training of the staff to operate and maintain the facility. The foundation has also donated US$2,000 (J$244,460.50) worth of disposable equipment, which includes tubing and hypodermic needles, to the unit.

“The unit is based on the model of the special-care nursery we did at the St Ann’s Bay Hospital a few years ago, which has reduced infant mortality rates by 30 per cent,” said Issa. “We have replicated that here, and I think it is really going to change the quality of the neonatal health care at this hospital. We are going to be in an ongoing relationship, and we are very excited about it.”

SIGNIFICANT BOOST

Dr Alfred Dawes, the hospital’s senior medical officer, said the gift of the neonatal unit is a significant boost to the hospital’s capacity to provide high-quality services.

“This unit has really boosted the hospital’s efforts at providing care. Before that, we were not equipped to deal with premature babies, and so they had to be transferred,” said Dawes. “If they were unfortunate enough to be the ones who were not accepted by Cornwall Regional Hospital, then we would not be able to care for them and they would die.”

“With the commitment of the Issa Foundation, and the training programme and the increased staffing that we expect to get, once the nursery is up and running fully, then we should be able to provide top-class care for these premature babies,” added Dawes.

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[Click Here] to Register for the Issa Trust Foundation Pediatric Education Conference to provide practitioners with general information regarding pediatric cardiology, gastroenterology, hematology-oncology and genetics.

Dates & Times: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. July 18 to 22, 2016 Lunch and Refreshments Provided

Location:  Couples Sans Souci, Ocho Rios Conference Room

Seminar Description: Who should enroll: This seminar will provide practitioners with general information regarding pediatric cardiology, gastroenterology, hematology-oncology and genetics. The educational program will be geared toward “take home” messages that can be instituted in to medical practice. In addition to didactic lectures, interactive sessions, team-based learning objectives and newborn resuscitation skill sessions and simulation will be incorporated into the seminar.

Instructors:
  • Jeffrey Segar MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Iowa. Course Director. Medical Director, Issa Trust Foundation
  • Rolla Abu-Arja MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Nationwide Children’s Hospital/Ohio State University
  • Princy Ghera MD, MBBS, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Iowa
  • Luis Ochoa MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Iowa
  • Riad Rahhal MD, MS, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Iowa
  • Pamela Trapane MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Iowa
Monday, July 18th
9:00a – 9:15a Introduction, Overview of Program, Distribute materials
9:15a – 10:00a Neutropenia/thrombocytopenia
10:00a – 11:00a Anemia
11:00a – 12:00p Palpitations/dizziness/”racing heart”/dysthymias
12:00p – 1:00p Lunch
1:00p – 2:00p Sickle Cell update
2:00p – 3:00p Pediatric Hypertension
Review of neonatal resuscitation, hands on with simulation – bag/mask ventilation, intubation, umbilical line placement (will limit participant number each day)
Tuesday, July 19th
9:00a –10:00a Evaluation of Abdominal Pain
10:00a – 11:00a Overview Pediatric Nutrition and malnutrition
11:00a – 12:00p Visual diagnoses:  genetic red flags in well checks
12:00p – 1:00p Lunch
1:00p – 2:00p Reflex and Vomiting
2:00p – 3:00p Connective tissue diseases
Review of neonatal resuscitation, hands on with simulation – bag/mask ventilation, intubation, umbilical line placement (will limit participant number each day)
Wednesday, July 20th
9:00a – 10:00a Asthma/reactive airway disease
10:00a – 11:00a Chronic cough
11:00a – 12:00p Congenital Heart disease
12:00p – 1:00p Lunch
1:00p – 2:00p Chest Pain: Lung, heart, muscle, bone
2:00p – 3:00p Break out sessions: meet the subspecialist
Review of neonatal resuscitation, hands on with simulation – bag/mask ventilation, intubation, umbilical line placement (will limit participant number each day)
Thursday, July 21st
9:00a – 9:00a GI “itis” : hepatitis, pancreatitis, esophagitis, gastritis
10:00a – 11:00a Introduction to oncology – when to be concerned and when to refer
11:00a – 12:00p Using online resources in medical care
12:00p – 1:00p Lunch
1:00p – 2:00p Upper respiratory diseases
2:00p – 3:00p Interesting Case presentations – audience presents to speakers
Review of neonatal resuscitation, hands on with simulation – bag/mask ventilation, intubation, umbilical line placement (will limit participant number each day)
Friday, July 22nd
9:00a –10:00a Acquired heart disease- Infection, rheumatic, valvular, tumors, cardiovascular involvement in systemic diseases
10:00a – 11:00a Early Childhood cardiovascular risks-
11:00a – 12:00p Constipation
12:00p – 1:00p Lunch
1:00p – 2:00p Respiratory Infections (from baby to adolescent)
2:00p – 3:00p Evaluating the “delayed” child
Review of neonatal resuscitation, hands on with simulation – bag/mask ventilation, intubation, umbilical line placement (will limit participant number each day)
Seminar Fee: JA$1,215.78 [US$10.00]

Conference registration has reached capacity, please watch for forthcoming information.

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From the Jamaica Gleaner | January 21, 2016 | Gladstone Taylor

The Issa Trust Foundation (ITF) handed over US$2million worth of pharmaceutical supplies recently during a ceremony held at the Henry Shaw Auditorium at the Kingston Public Hospital.

Among the items were IV fluids, antibiotics, medicine for non-communicable deseases, gloves gowns, and other items to assist in the quality of care provided.

Established in 2005 by Couples Resorts, the ITF focuses on health prevention, promotion, and education, as well as on the improvement of medical services in Jamaica.

The ITF continues its partnership, donating pharmaceuticals on a quarterly basis via air freight to minimise delays in delivery of critical medications.

The foundation also works to reduce infant mortality by improving the capacity of the public-health infrastructure to care for premature, low-weight, and very sick infants.
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Green Island Primary School

School Motto: Strive for Excellence
Green Island Primary School was built in 1920. The school is located in Hanover Jamaica. Present enrollment: 283 girls and 301 boys ages 6 to 12 years old.

The staff consists of the Principal, (Mr. Vaccianna Moseley) the Vice Principal, Guidance Counselor, Spanish Teacher, 16 classroom teachers, and a part time Physical Education teacher.

Extra Curricular Activities:
Clubs: 4H, Brownies, Sports, Math, Spanish, Speech, Empowerment, Scouts Club, Performing Arts, Reading and Spelling

Vision:
To create meaningful and unified learning experiences in an environment which is conducive to academic and personal growth and development of staff, pupils, parents and all other stake holders.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Green island Primary School is to establish and maintain an effective Educational Program that will ensure the HOLISTIC development of each individual.
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We are excited to announce The Issa Trust Foundation’s 12th mission in partnership with the North East Regional Health Authority.

itf 12th medical mission flyerAnnually, the Issa Trust Foundation sponsors a free pediatric medical mission in Jamaica. The 2016 team of 41 volunteers includes pediatric cardiologists, neonatologist, general pediatric nurses, physicians, and pharmacists are excited to serve the parish of St. Mary and St. Ann The team will be providing complete medical exams, laboratory testing, fluoride treatment and medications. In addition, children will be provided cardiology exam with an echocardiogram in the clinic if needed. As in past years, all children will receive free eye exams and receive their glasses immediately after their exam, provided by the Michigan Lions.  
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November 18, 2015

Dear Board,

This has been a very busy year! Please see the latest press releases for your review.

November 13, 2015 – Issa Trust Foundation Gives Life-Saving Equipment To Hospitals

November 11, 2015 – Support The Health Care System! Lady Hall Urges Corporate Jamaica To Hop On Board

November 10, 2015 – Sav Hospital Gets Paediatric Gifts

October 13, 2015 – IssaTrust Foundation On A Mission

August 31, 2015 – Issa Trust Foundation Hosts Medical Clinics

Diane Pollard, President & CEO
Issa Trust Foundation
cell: 515-480-1683
Jamaica cell (when in country) 876-503-5903

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