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    Trish Christofferson
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  1. View this email in your browser Letter from the President A new year has started at Boquete Health and Hospice! A new Council has been elected (Lesley Hughes-President, Joanie Feuerstein-Vice President, Merl Will-Wallace-Treasurer and Liz Bolt-Secretary). Last year saw BHH work together to accomplish some truly incredible initiatives. Accomplished in 2019 Tuesday Talks (including Panel Discussion) CPR training (6 classes, 1 in Spanish) The Magic of Music program 2 Blood Drives (103 units collected, 75% of donors were Latino) Donations increased by $15,000 while expenses increased only $6,000 (we helped and educated more people more efficiently) Assisted 6 hospice patients (had 0 in 2018) and 14 health support patients Purchased 8 refurbished oxygen concentrators to replace the 8 that stopped working and an additional portable concentrator Update of Being Prepared materials started Increased marketing presence including videos, new tagline (Healing Hands and Caring Hearts) Established a closer relationship with local government and community officials Increased members on the translator team In addition to taking some time to solidify our successes of last year, we have a “few” plans for this coming year: Initiatives for 2020 BUILD ON SUCCESSES OF 2019 Find and train Interim Administrators Find and train a Data Administrator 2 Blood Drives (June 13 and October) and Blood Donor Caravan (Mar 7) Racks to better organize equipment Abbreviated training program Videos – Produce and integrate with current Marketing/PR materials Continue Healthy Living Series/Tuesday Talks Update Brochures with new hours (8-5 M-F, 9-1 S-S) and local clinic hours Determine feasibility for Caregivers Support Group Expand The Magic of Music Program Complete update of Being Prepared materials and have quarterly presentations at BCP BHH is here for YOU! Whether you need care, equipment, someone to talk to or a place to volunteer, we are all working together to help each other and make Boquete a better place to live. Upcoming Events: Jan 16 – CPR Training (filled) Jan 20, 22 and 24 – New Volunteers Training at Handicapped Foundation Building Jan 30 – CPR Training – 1:00 Animales Building Feb 5 – Council Meeting Feb 11 – Healthy Living Series – Falls Prevention Awareness – Tuesday Talks, 10:30 at the BCP (Merl Will-Wallace, Chuck High) Feb 13 – General Meeting – discussion of starting a Caregivers Support Group Feb 13 – CPR Training – 2:30 Animales Building Mar 4 – Council Meeting Mar 5 – BHH Fundraiser Dinner at Boulder 54 – details coming (Chris McCall) Mar 7 – Blood Donor Caravan to Hospital Regional Mar 12 – General Meeting Mar 31 – Healthy Living Series - Being Prepared at 10:30 at BCP (Betty Landis and Char Lintz) Our Mission Our mission is to provide palliative care for the terminally ill in order that they may experience death with dignity and limited pain; to inform and promote community health; and, to support people with health and wellness needs by providing information, equipment and volunteer services. To Make a Donation BHHF functions with donations provided by the community. If you are interested in supporting the work we do, please make a donation. To make a financial contribution by check or cash contact Merl Will-Wallace,our treasurer,at dharma49@icloud.com to arrange a time and place to pick up your donation. You can also click here to make an online Paypal donation. For more information visit our website: http://www.boquetehealth.org We also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/boqueteheartshandsandhelp/?ref=bookmarks Please Like our page and share the contents with your family and friends. Confidentiality All patient information shared with any Boquete Health and Hospice volunteer is kept in the strictest confidence. To Contact Us Hospice/Health: (507) 6781-9250 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday Please! Blood Donor Program: WhatApp (507)-6590-2000 or call (507) 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday, Please. Email: info@boquetehealth.org Copyright © 2020 Boquete Health and Hospice, All rights reserved. Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.
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    Boquete Health and Hospice has made two more CPR classes available, Thursday, January 30, 1-3pm, and Thursday, February 13, 2:30-4:30 pm (Note: Same day as the Jazz Festival's Garden Party). Both classes will be held at the Amigos de Animales Event Center. Each of these classes are 1/2 full already with overflow from the Jan.16th class. If you are interested to please send your request to boquetehealthandhospice@gmail.com
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    Boquete Health and Hospice has made two more CPR classes available, Thursday, January 30, 1-3pm, and Thursday, February 13, 2:30-4:30 pm (Note: Same day as the Jazz Festival's Garden Party). Both classes will be held at the Amigos de Animales Event Center. Each of these classes are 1/2 full already with overflow from the Jan.16th class. If you are interested to please send your request to boquetehealthandhospice@gmail.com
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    Boquete Health and Hospice is offering a class in basic CPR procedures to the community. Linda Archer is presenting a training program in CPR, use of the AED (automated external defibrillator) and the Heimlich Maneuver (for the choking victim) that will be available free of charge. The training will take place on Thursday, January 16, from 1-3 pm at the Amigos de Animales Event Center. The previous classes have been well attended and it is important for more community members to learn these valuable life saving skills. Class size is limited and the class enrollment is filling up quickly. If you are interested in participating in this training send an email to boquetehealthandhospice@gmail.com as soon as possible.
  5. View this email in your browser Table of Contents: •Best Wishes for the Holidays •Thank You •Volunteer Appreciation •Volunteer Training & Application Form •Attention Boquete •Falls Prevention Awarness •New Music Service •CPR Update •Our Mission SENDING YOU THE VERY BEST WISHES FOR A JOYFUL HOLIDAY SEASON A WONDERFUL AND HAPPY NEW YEAR Thank you for your generosity and enthusiastic support for all the programs of Boquete Health and Hopsice Volunteer Appreciation Christmas Lunch! All year long BHH Promoted our activities and mission through our website, newsletter, videos, social media, brochures, and by word of mouth. Because of OUR VOLUNTEERS…. This year we: Received 395 calls to our phone line. Loaned out 200 pieces of medical equipment – that helped 90 Panamanians, and 110 Expats Made 50 home visits Provided care for 10 hospice and health care patients. Assisted caregivers with 45 meals. Took 500 blood pressures at the Tuesday Market. Collected 100 pints of blood at our blood drives. Which benefited 300 people, potentially saving their lives. Trained 80 people since May in CPR, the Heimlich Maneuver and use of an AED defibrillator machine. Shared helpful Health Topics to the public through our educational presentations. Had successful events because of all the behind the scenes preparations. BHH Thanks Our Volunteers - for sharing their time, expertise and compassion. TOGETHER, as a TEAM - we have made a difference in hundreds of peoples´ lives in our community. Yeah Team! WE ARE GRATEFUL TO N&N CATERING – for their donations this year and for the delicious Mexican buffet they prepared for our Christmas Lunch. Thanks also go to 2 Guys and a Cooler for providing their tasty brownies! Pictures are courtesy of our photographer Mike Webber. Volunteer Training will be held January 20, 22 and 24. We may still have space available. If you are interested, click the button below to complete a Volunteer Application form. Volunteer Application Form ATTENTION BOQUETE As a result of the effective collaboration between the Ministry of Health (MINSA) and Social Security (CSS), Dra. Gladys Novoa, Regional Director of Health in the province of Chiriquí, announced Thursday that as of December 1 2019, Boquete will have medical attention 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The schedules available to our users will be: From 7:00 am to 3:00 pm full attention available in both institutions. From 3:00 to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday care at the Health Center (MINSA next to Romeros) During weekends and holidays, attention will be provided from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm at the MINSA facilities and 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the CSS (across from Bomberos) The new schedule * from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. will be providing attention in the facilities of the Ernesto Pérez Balladares Polyclinic, by the MINSA Health team and the CSS, this thanks to an inter-institutional effort. This announcement is thus responding to the request made by Boquete citizens to Minister Rosario Turner in the tourist cabinet held on August 2, in this way both the Boquete Health Center and the Ernesto Pérez Balladares Padre Polyclinic They will provide uninterrupted service. It will be provided: *Medical service* *X-rays* *Laboratory* With the extension of the service, not only will the residents of Boquete benefit, but also the hundreds of tourists who visit the place, the neighboring towns and the residents of the region, who will no longer have to travel to David to be treated. Tuesday, February 11 - 10:30am - BCP The Healthy Living Series Falls Prevention Awareness Falls are the number one reason people end up in the emergency room. The facts about falls are alarming - and probably surprising: • One in three adults over the age of 64 falls each year. • Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in Florida residents over the age of 64. • Every hour there are 2 deaths and 251 emergency room visits in the US because of a fall. • 20 - 30% of older adults who fall sustain serious injury. • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury, fractures and hospitalization in older adults. • Even falls without an injury can limit one's mobility and/or cause a fear of falling. Come to the BHH presentation on Falls Prevention Awareness to see what you can do to avoid a fall. Presenter: Merl Will-Wallace Boquete Health and Hospice has a new service called "The Magic of Music" Our music team includes Val Strahl, Beverly Stearns, Sandy Dillon, Helena Deakin and Chuck High. This team will provide music to any of our BHH patients who request it. We will ask you to tell us about your favorite music, and then create a personalized playlist for you. This is a lending program and we will lend you a small digital music player so that you can listen to this personalized music using earbuds. We could lend you cd’s if you prefer. Music can bring back memories, take our mind off our worries and pains and sometimes change our moods too. This program serves all patients recovering from illness, surgery or a fall, but it may especially help those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. The Magic of Music to help our patients CPR Update Looking Back 2019…Looking Forward 2020 CPR planning officially got underway in April 2019 with the first class held in June. Concentrating on training BHH members in CPR first, then to other expats in the community, we held our first Spanish CPR class in November. We have trained over 70 people in CPR and Heimlich maneuvers this year. Thank you all, especially you dedicated CPR instructors, for making this program successful! Now for 2020. We have a lot to look forward to. Three restaurants have requested their wait help be trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. This is advantageous to us expats, as we are the ones who frequent their establishments. We will also continue holding English-speaking CPR classes, the next one being Thursday, January 16 at 1 pm at the Animales Clinic. If you are interested, please contact Boquete Hospice and Health Foundation. Anyone interested in becoming a CPR instructor, English or bilingual, also contact BHHF. info@boquetehealth.org Next CPR Class Thursday, January 16 - 1 pm at the Animales Clinic Our Mission Our mission is to provide palliative care for the terminally ill in order that they may experience death with dignity and limited pain; to inform and promote community health; and, to support people with health and wellness needs by providing information, equipment and volunteer services. To Make a Donation BHHF functions with donations provided by the community. If you are interested in supporting the work we do, please make a donation. To make a financial contribution by check or cash contact Merl Will-Wallace,our treasurer,at dharma49@icloud.com to arrange a time and place to pick up your donation. You can also click here to make an online Paypal donation. For more information visit our website: http://www.boquetehealth.org We also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/boqueteheartshandsandhelp/?ref=bookmarks Please Like our page and share the contents with your family and friends. Confidentiality All patient information shared with any Boquete Health and Hospice volunteer is kept in the strictest confidence. To Contact Us Hospice/Health: (507) 6781-9250 8am to 8pm only, Please. Blood Donor Program: WhatApp (507)-6590-2000 or call (507) 6781-9250 8am to 8pm only, Please. Email: boquetehospice@gmail.com Email: boquetehealth@gmail.com Freely send this to anyone, use any part. Our mailing address is: info@boquetehealth.org Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list. Thank you This email was sent to jwsacco@yahoo.com why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences Boquete Health and Hospice · Bajo Boquete · Boquete · Panama
  6. This is a reminder that Giving Tuesday is tomorrow. You survived Black Friday tomorrow there is a cure for Cyber Monday. To View this in your browser click here. Click Here to Donate Now Boquetehealth.org info@boquetehealth.org
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  9. Boquete Health and Hospice will present a panel discussion briefly describing the range of our services. There will be time for answering all of the questions from the audience. Be sure to attend if you have any questions about what we offer to the community.
  10. View this email in your browser Table of Contents: •Blood Drive Report •Letter to Boquete Community •Thank you Heros •Tom McCormick's Help •The Magic of Music •Thank you from Lesley Hughes •November Calendar •Our Mission OUR HEROES BLOOD DRIVE WAS A SUCCESS! 56 Pints of blood were collected, which in turn will impact the lives of 168 recipients and their families. Our mission is to educate our local community on the value and benefits of donating blood, and we see momentum! Our heartfelt THANKS extend to ALL involved with this Blood Drive: The blood donors; the Hospital Staff from Regional, Hospital Chiriqui and Mae Lewis; the Matching Fund Donors who donated dollars instead of blood; the Mayor´s office and City Council for their support; Radio Chiriqui; the Rotary Clubs of Boquete & David; the Lion´s Club, and of course, our valued, hardworking BHH VOLUNTEERS who put in hours of work to make it happen. YOU ARE ALL HEROES in service to our Community! Hospital Regional Staff Letter to the Boquete Community The intent of this letter is to communicate to the Boquete community the resources that we recently utilized and to thank the medical services providers who excelled in delivering the necessary care we needed. As both of us had long careers in the United States health care industry we carefully researched the local medical services when it became necessary for us to secure the use of them. The agents we chose exceeded our expectations in every way. As residents of Boquete for almost fifteen years, we had remained in good health until Wendy was diagnosed with breast cancer at Hospital Chiriqui six years ago. This had been managed until a couple of years ago when her cancer metastasized and we began our research for local end of life care. We chose Clinica Especializada Boquete and Dra Shannon Tuer as her primary care physician. This was the best decision we could have possibly made as she received excellent medical care as well as profound compassionate care. She also extended this same delivery of care to Wendy's family. This clinic has extended hours for patient convenience, is reasonably priced, and all the physicians are bilingual. Dra Tuer faithfully followed Wendy's plan for end of life care and she died last week the way she wanted, peacefully, and pain free in our home surrounded by her loved ones. I would also like to thank Jessica Bell, her physical therapist at Clinica de Terapia Fisica y Rehabilitacion, who treated Wendy at home when she was no longer able to travel to town. The Pharmacias Revilla employees special ordered liquid nutrition by the case when she required a liquid diet. Boquete Health & Hospice provided all the necessary equipment Wendy needed to comfortably remain at home. A respiratory therapist delivered supplemental oxygen when Wendy and Dra Tuer decided that it was necessary to make her more comfortable. To the volunteers who are the vital engine of the Hospice team, I cannot adequately express my gratitude for your compassion and willingness to help in any possible way. And to our Panamanian friends who have been so supportive and loving, there is no possible way to say thank you. Salud Kate McHaney Thanks to our Heroes, The 66 people who came to donate and the Matching Fund Heroes who could not donate blood so instead donated a $ amount to match each pint of blood we collected. The total raised by the Matching Fund Heros was $1373.00 (enough for example to buy another hospital bed for our loan program) Cheryl Crabbe Merl Allen Will-Wallace Alison and Bill Brundage John Sandeen Price and Susan Peterson Will and Joanie Feuerstein Rich and Dee Lipner Trish Christofferson Dave y Erin Ross Tim Rhodes John and Babbie Earle Lucie Conner & James McCallum Keith Woolford Joyce Newton Lorraine and Chris McCall Laurie and Kelly Collier Plus 2 Anonymous donors Once again Boquete Health and Hospice teams up with the Tom McCormick Foundation to bring much needed medical equipment to Panama and Chiriqui. Tom's foundation brings down a container once or twice a year full of medical equipment ranging from a wide variety of wheelchairs and walking aides to hospital beds and lots of Pampers. Tom also specializes in fabricating donated prosthesis for arms and legs using donated prosthesis from the US. For the last three years Tom has graciously allowed Boquete Health and Hospice to ship down oxygen concentrators in his container. This year BHHF was able to bring down 8 refurbished concentrators to replace many of the units that are breaking down after nearly four years of continuous use. Volunteers from BHHF go down each year to help Tom unload his container and to bring back the equipment for our Foundation and the Boquete Knitters and Quilters (see photographs). We greatly appreciate all close and cooperative relationships BHHF has with other non-profit organizations in Boquete and David. The Magic of Music used to help Dementia and Alzheimers patients Thanks to the following people Bev T., Liz B. and Laurie for answering my questions Barbara L. for being Team Leader for a hospice patient and for support the family Carmen, Luis, Susan P. and Marjorie for Translator help Cat and Lee AND Michael and Avel for 3 Bed Deliveries and 3 Bed Pick Ups For General Equipment needs - Sela, Kat, Judy and Luis (for delivery of equipment to Potrerillos.) Kat and Howard for helping with patient Merl, Karl and Luis for solving respiratory equipment issues Marjorie and Sela for working with the Mayor’s office Your help made it all possible. Lesley Hughes Administrator Team Upcoming Events November 14 General Meeting at Animales 1-2pm November 19 Boquete Health and Hospice panel will field your questions at BCP. Boquete Health and Hospice medical director Dra. Digna Diaz will join the panel. Understanding how Boquete Health and Hospice meets diverse health needs of our Boquete community. This is a must whether you are a permanent or temporary resident..or a visitor as well. BCP Theater 10:30am to noon Our Mission Our mission is to provide palliative care for the terminally ill in order that they may experience death with dignity and limited pain; to inform and promote community health; and, to support people with health and wellness needs by providing information, equipment and volunteer services. To Make a Donation BHHF functions with donations provided by the community. If you are interested in supporting the work we do, please make a donation. To make a financial contribution by check or cash contact Merl Will-Wallace,our treasurer,at dharma49@icloud.com to arrange a time and place to pick up your donation. You can also click here to make an online Paypal donation. For more information visit our website: http://www.boquetehealth.org We also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/boqueteheartshandsandhelp/?ref=bookmarks Please Like our page and share the contents with your family and friends. Confidentiality All patient information shared with any Boquete Health and Hospice volunteer is kept in the strictest confidence. To Contact Us Hospice/Health: (507) 6781-9250 8am to 8pm only, Please. Blood Donor Program: WhatApp (507)-6590-2000 or call (507) 6781-9250 8am to 8pm only, Please. Email: boquetehospice@gmail.com Email: boquetehealth@gmail.com
  11. OUR HEROES BLOOD DRIVE WAS A SUCCESS! 56 Pints of blood were collected, which in turn will impact the lives of 168 recipients and their families. Our mission is to educate our local community on the value and benefits of donating blood, and we see momentum! Our heartfelt THANKS extend to ALL involved with this Blood Drive:The blood donors; the Hospital Staff from Regional, Hospital Chiriqui and Mae Lewis; the Matching Fund Donors who donated dollars instead of blood; the Mayor´s office and City Council for their support; Radio Chiriqui; the Rotary Clubs of Boquete & David; the Lion´s Club, and of course, our valued, hardworking BHH VOLUNTEERS who put in hours of work to make it happen.YOU ARE ALL HEROES in service to our Community! Did you miss out? If you still want to be a Hero Here is Your Last Chance Click on the following link to make a donation: http://www.boquetehealthandhospice.org/heros.html
  12. Please watch this important video with Oscar on the Streets about the upcoming Boquete Blood Drive. In English and Spanish. https://youtu.be/wV60qw_xgrY
  13. Donating blood saves lives. You can also make a blood donation at the Boquete Blood Drive on October 19th from 7 am to 1 pm at the Amigos de Animales Event Center. For more information check out our website: https://boquetehealth.org/
  14. If you can not donate then help out by bringing someone who can or buy joining our Heroes Matching Fund, click below: http://www.boquetehealthandhospice.org/heros.html Email us to Sign up to Donate Blood info@boquetehealth.org
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