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2020 January

Seaford Town Fall 2019 Dental/Medical Mission

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Report to:  Board of Directors

From:  Roger Plante

Jan. 12, 2020

Re:  Medical/Dental mission to Sacred Heart, Seaford Town Oct. 30,31 and Nov. 1, 2019

I am so happy to report that this mission was a huge success….thanks in great part to Dr. Joseph Vento, our new Medical Director and the fine team of professionals who helped to make this one of the best efforts of bringing God’s love to his impoverished community.

Missionaries included:

Dr. Joseph Vento, M.D. from NY and Estero, FL.

Loretta Vento, NY & Estero, FL

Ann Marie Bova, NP, Ph.D. Lake Worth, FL

Janyce Dyer, RN, NP, Ph.D. Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Dr. Nikea Neigher, DMD from Washington, D.C.

Timekee D. Battle, Ph. D., Washington, D.C.

Latonya Wright, RDH, Lexington, SC
Stacey Juste-Wilkins, RDH, Sanford, FL

Father Moris Achied, local pastor

Sister Telesia, RN, resident

Sister Monika, RN resident

The medical Team saw a total of 107 patients in their intense schedules and many of them presenting with multiple diagnoses and needs.   Truly, each patient is unfamiliar with medical treatment and needed an education.  Hopefully with time we will be able to deal with a more aware and educated population among the villagers.  In spite of the fact that everyone there spoke English, there is a dialect barrier and communication is difficult……..that compound with the lack of education on the part of many patients always presents complications.

The highest incidents we dealt with were malnutrition, hypertension, diabetes and social diseases for which ongoing treatment and education is required.   With very patient caregivers and with help from the two resident sisters/nurse, this can be achieved over time.

Sister Telesia wrote a beautiful comment: “I did feel the

working of the Holy Spirit through each of you and

especially you, Dr. Joe and Loretta.  Your hearts

reached out to everyone that turn up to you for your help

…… you are an angel to us.”

Another missionary wrote: “We were so well received by

all involved with the clinic.  It was humbling to see the

need in the community.  Yet, they remained warm and

welcoming.  I feel that I got more than I gave…I look

forward to the next mission.”

Regarding the dental team, it is estimated that they saw a total of about 95 patients.    Of that number, it is estimated from registration records that our hard-working hygienists performed 66 cleaning procedures.    That, leaving some 29 patients seen by the dentist, most of which required extractions.

Upcoming missions include:

Nov 16 Optical mission in Seaford Town   Nov 20 Optical mission in Kingston

We have multiple optical missions each year and are always looking for optometrists, opticians and related persons to staff those missions.

Dec. 2-3-4-5, 2019 a Dental only mission to St. Pius at which time 12 dental professionals will be caring for a full gamut of patients at the clinic and an outreach team will be working at the DuPont School presenting oral health classes, examining students teeth and applying a coat of fluoride varnish to about half of the student body there (total 1,350 students).  This team has a full complement of volunteers in place at this time.

Jan   30-31 Feb. 1 2020 Return to Seaford Town, Dr. Vento will be leading this group.  The medical team is fully in place as well as the dental team.   Afterthought:  This was originally scheduled to be a medical/dental team, but returning dentist Dr. Jay Jackson needed to cancel out due to a medical emergency in his family.  

March  23-24-25-26   2020 This will be a repeat of the Dec. 2,3,4,5 mission and Drs Casey Crafton, Pediatric dentist and his wife Dr. Lisa Grafton from  Md will be heading up this team and we are in need of an Oral surgeon plus a few RDH and Assistants to fill this team.

JOP is in need of a person to head up the dental mission team organization as Roger Plante will be retiring soon.     Interested persons may contact Roger at the address below.

Professional and lay Volunteers are always needed at all levels, as well as donations of supplies and money.   Each year we need just for our school outreach in Kingston

2,000 doses of fluoride varnish

2,000 children’s toothbrushes—-sample size paste—-dental floss

Plus we are always in need of all the supplies for our two clinics.    Dentists and Doctors finding themselves with an oversupply of equipment and supplies, please let us know….as we might be able to   use much of what you have to offer.

All inquiries should go to:

Roger Plante

Mission coordinator   401-769-7444

St. Pius Fall 2019 Optical Mission

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To: JOP Board

Cc: Paul Connor, Amy Kuzma, Dr. Yan Jiang, Helen Fusco, Richard VanBuskirk, Dr Jeffrey Zimm, Alison Burberry, Carol Stadnyk

Re: Eye Mission trip to St Pius X November 2019

December 8, 2019

The eye care team was comprised of (front row) optometrist Dr. Yan Jiang (MA), Helen Fusco (OH), ), and Jeanne Stamant (FL). 2nd Row:  Paul Connor (OH), Richard VanBuskirk (FL), and Amy Kuzma (OH).

We arrived at St Pius clinic on Nov 19, conducted 3 clinic days Nov. 20-22 and departed November 23. We received outstanding support from our St Pius team members including Lesly-Ann Walker (full time parish secretary), Vivienne Bradford, Marie Mattai, Rosemarie Warren, Boxer McEwan, Paul Deacon our driver, and Deacon Vivian Blair.

The team delivered much needed eye care to the poor of Kingston, who expressed appreciation for our services. Below are the numbers, keeping in mind there was only one doctor (new to our facilities) and a small support team.

126 patients examined

122 pairs of eyeglasses to be made and shipped back to Jamaica

47 cataract suspects for potential future surgery (list of names sent to Dr. Zimm)

24 patients diagnosed with glaucoma and medicine dispensed (under supervision of Dr. Lee Martin).

11 walk-ins for eyeglasses repair or replacement

80 approximate number of patients given (over the counter) eye drops for dry eyes.

The remaining inventory of medicine was documented by Amy and will be sent to Dr. Zimm.  After recording statistics and patient counts, we filed all patient records each day and request that future eye mission teams do the same.  It is also important that all teams fill out the eyeglass lab order form completely, including patient telephone number for follow-up delivery of eyeglasses.

Amy has agreed to be the mission leader and administrator for future November mission trips, except for MOH registration which I will continue to shepherd, Thank You Amy!

Ms. Susan Smith is the new hostel manager at Immaculate and she was most gracious in taking care of our lodging needs and some meals. We have booked rooms for the November 3-7, 2020 trip to St. Pius X. The new elevator at Immaculate is a welcomed improvement to the hostel facilities.  There was no Wifi at St Pius but it was available at the hostel.

A list of supplies needed for future missions has been compiled and team members have been asked to add anything we may have missed.

Dr. Yan Jiang has emailed a follow up list of suggestions for future missions which I have passed on to Dr. Zimm.

Jamaica Outreach Program is blessed to have this dedicated team (most of whom return annually) delivering on our mission to help the poor in Jamaica.

Respectfully submitted, — Jeanne Stamant

Seaford Town Fall 2019 Optical Mission

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        Greetings everyone, the optical mission to Seaford Town began with the following team members flying into Montego Bay airport on Wednesday November 13, 2019. They are, Peggy Johnson, licensed optician from Northern. Kentucky, also a returning 5-time veteran. Tom Kelly licensed optometrist from Bay Village North Central Ohio, also a returning 5-time veteran. Mr. Richard Van Buskirk, licensed optician, founder of the JOP optical program and an easy 20 year returning veteran. Paul J Connor licensed optician from Akron in Northeast Ohio, also a returning 16-year veteran.

          We all arrived In the afternoon and were picked up by Fr.Achid Morris, and Sr. Monika. We drove to Seaford town in the pouring rain.  Upon arrival, we had dinner then went to the clinic, to set up for accepting patients Thursday morning. We found the exam equipment to be in amazingly good condition. The auto refractor arrived from Ohio in good shape along with 250 frames. The frame dispensary was set up in the patient exam room. The auto refractor was set up in rear all-purpose utility room and the acuity chart was set up in the rear connecting room. The patient exam room remained the same as last year.  The flow began at 09:30 with all incoming patient’s being greeted by Sr. Telesia, who held a morning devotional, in a purple canopied tent outside the clinic. The patients were tightly controlled as to how many could enter the clinic at a time. The next person the patients met was a very organized and competent receptionist named Dawnette Kamika. She checked in the patient, confirmed their reservation, retrieved old and or started new patient records. A quiet unassuming individual, she was cheerful and very helpful at all times. An average of no more than 8 to 10 people were allowed into the waiting room at any given time. When a patient was called, they would be ushered to the auto refracting station by Sr. Monika. Peggy who served the morning shift would perform this initial pretest. From there, Sr Monika would perform the visual acuity test, then seat them in the waiting area to see the optometrist. Dr. Kelly would take them in turn and provide a comprehensive eye exam. Upon completion, they would be ushered to the frame room.  There, Richard would help them select an appropriate frame, take all the required measurements, then place the selected frame into the box for shipment to the lab. (NOTE: After lunch each day, they should switch positions so that Peggy worked the frame room and Richard ran the auto refractor.) The patient was sent to checkout with Dawnette, where the records were turned in for filing. This system went very smoothly, no outbreaks of complaints occurred. It was an amazingly smooth operation. The final figures are. 126 exams, 89 glasses prescribed and selected. 25. Readers dispensed. 

       Sr.Telesia, and Sr. Monika, and Fr. Morris were outstanding hosts. We stayed in the residence next to the convent. Jenny cooked our lunches and dinners, while we provided our own breakfast. Clinic hours ran from 9:00 am until 5 :00 PM. It rained every afternoon which did not affect our zeal. The mission concluded on Saturday evening about 7:00 PM. All scheduled patients were seen. On Sunday morning the team was treated to breakfast by the sisters, then went to 11:30 Mass. After Mass, Fr. Morris drove the team to the Holiday Inn for a day and a half of relaxation.

Observations, no more than four individuals are needed for an optical mission. Three is a minimum. The hours of 9 to 5 with a lunch break is perfect.

Respectfully submitted

Paul J Connor

Mission leader

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