February 26, 2007
For Immediate Release
OFF TO A FLYING START
By Elayne Caldwell
and Andy McIntosh
The Flying Samaritans (Sams) medical team came to San
Felipe February 15 for a three day visit to treat local
people who otherwise would not receive needed medical
attention. The visit was sponsored by the recently-chartered
Lions Club San Felipe, B.C.
Local Lions Horacio Aleman and Guadelupe Perez, working
with president Gary Dilley, signed up more than 200 prospective
patients for pre-screening by San Felipe physicians during
the last week in January. Dr. Victor Abasolo, a Lion member,
coordinated the triage team of San Felipe physicians Drs.
Raphael Gracia, Daniel Arzamendi, and Alan Espinoza.
During last weekend's visit, the Sams, led by Walter J.
Schimon MD, Valley Associated Urology Medical Group and
President of the Flying Samaritans Central Valley Chapter,
treated residents and performed the operations at San
Felipe Hospital (formerly St. James). Carlos Kuttler,
administrator of the hospital, offered the services of
his staff to provided nursing and organizational aid.
The team saw about 125 optometry patients and 50 ear,
nose, and throat (ENT) patients on Friday February 16.
On Saturday, the Samaritans performed 7 tonsillectomies
on patients ranging from 12 months to 17 years old. They
also placed myringotomy tubes (ear tubes) in a 3 year
old boy with chronic ear infections. The ENT and optometry
clinics ran from 8 am to 6:30 pm on Friday. ENT surgery
ran from 8 am to 8 pm on Saturday, with the last post-op
patient leaving the San Felipe Hospital at 11:30 pm that
Dr. Jerry Bush, vacationing in San Felipe from Spokane,
and RN Ray Mostowy, a Sooke, British Columbia, Lion assisted
the Flying Sams in the triage of those patients who were
not pre-screened but sought medical treatment. Dr. Bush
and Mostowy also helped in the operating room.
San Felipe Lions and volunteers were on hand to provide
needed services. Reverend Gary Lewis of Mission San Felipe,
Horacio Aleman, Jose Gomez and Lupe Perez acted as translators.
Irene Cogley and Rosarura Coda, both of St. James, and
Gardenia Kimmey a volunteer from El Dorado, organized
the arriving patients and coordinated their visit.
The Samaritans will be returning to San Felipe in May
to perform eye surgeries and treatment to residents.
The Flying Samaritans
Working under the direction of Dr. Walter J. Schimon,
the following Sams provided services in San Felipe:
ENT clinic and surgery medical team:
Alan Yates MD ENT surgeon
Lyn Raible MD Internist
Cindy Gabert RN
Rosie Bishop RN
Operating Room Tech Enid Picart (UC Merced student)
Dr. John Demshar Optometrist
Mohammed Ahmed (UC Berkeley student)
Avace Dani (UC Berkeley student)
Aaron Nisley (UC Merced student)
Rev. Gary Lewis, Irene Cogley, Ray Mostowy, and Horacio
Aleman, as well as Dr. Shimon, provided information for
HERE for a slideshow of the recent clinic.