Topic: Ghana 2012

Apr, 12

Ghana 2012: Fulfilling, humbling experience

(Reported by Della Heiman and Cliff Goldkind, volunteer members of the Ghana 2012 mission, organized by the Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children’s)

As the team gathered at the Accra Airport Holiday Inn for one final dinner, one final speech by Dr. Levitt, and one final group photo, the air was filled with pride, camaraderie, and fulfillment. Team members recounted stories from the week, shared their impressions, and made plans to rendezvous in various international locations.

Meaningful collaboration

As a first-time participant in a Colorectal Center team mission, OR Nurse Sarah-Ross Tolin expected that …

Mar, 12

Ghana 2012: Big mission requires months of planning

It takes a lot of work to schedule patients, obtain supplies and arrange the staff to run three operating rooms for a week.

It takes even more work when the operating rooms are located on another continent.

So when a team of 34 surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and volunteers assembled in Ghana this weekend to begin a week-long surgical mission project, their arrival marked the culmination of months of detail work.

The project, organized through the Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children’s, involved a blizzard of details.

Scheduling dozens of patients, including several families that …

Mar, 12

Ghana 2012: Surgeon returns to childhood home

For Leslie Ayensu-Coker, MD, next week’s surgical mission trip to Ghana is more than a chance to help young girls with complex gynecological conditions. It’s an opportunity to bring her skills to her childhood home.

Ayensu-Coker is an expert in the surgical repair of congenital reproductive anomalies, reproductive genetics and other conditions affecting young women. She joined Cincinnati Children’s Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology in 2008.

After marrying in Ghana, her …

Mar, 12

Ghana 2012: Nurse prepares for first medical mission

Sarah-Ross Tolin, RN, is about to fly off for the experience of a lifetime.

She’s one of a dozen registered nurses and registered certified nurse anesthetists joining a surgical mission led by the Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children’s to the West African nation of Ghana.

The team includes 34 surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and other volunteers who will spend next week at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra performing advanced surgery for dozens of children in need.

Families will travel from throughout Ghana and from neighboring countries to receive treatments for …

Mar, 12

Colorectal team heading to Ghana

34 surgeons, nurses and volunteers will visit Ghana next week on a medical mission led by the Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children’s.

The team will perform advanced surgeries on dozens of children to repair complex colorectal and gynecological conditions. They will provide training to doctors and nurses from Ghana and nearby African nations. They also will renovate the Mothers’ Hostel at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra with support from the Ronald McDonald House of Greater …