San Felipe, Baja, Mexico



SAN FELIPE, July 31, 2007
A delegation from Lions Club San Felipe, B.C., headed by President Gary Dilley,delivered donated anesthesia and endoscopic equipment and supplies to Hospital San Felipe. This bringsLions Club’s total distribution of donations to San Felipe’s medical community to over $600,000 in just seven months. This donation of supplies and equipment came through the generosity of the Department of Surgery at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, California.

Hospital San Felipe is operated by a team of very talented and committed people whose goal is to ensure the well being of the San Felipe community. Lions Club San Felipe, B.C. has dedicated itself to delivering as much medical equipment and supplies as the hospital needs. Dilley says, “The hospital doesn’t lack medical talent, it often lacks equipment and supplies. That’s our job, to help them get what they need to protect the health of San Felipe’s residents.”

The donation project is the brainchild of Scott Parkman of Playa de Oro, San Felipe, and Daniel Slepian, PA, CNIM, of ORIMtec in Rancho Cordova, California. Slepian has spearheaded the effort to acquire donations from various medical facilities throughout California. Dilley says, “He’s our front man on the other side of the border. It’s remarkable the volume and quality of donations he’s been able to produce in just a few short months.” Once the donations were in hand, Lions Club was approached to facilitate delivery and distribution. Transportation and storage were arranged by, among others, Sam Grubb, owner of San Felipe Storage and Gary Dilley, owner of San Felipe Disposal. Lions Club then distributed them to Hospital San Felipe, Dr. Victor Abasolo, Central Salud, Cruz Roja and various physicians throughout the San Felipe area. A large portion of the donations have come from Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo. Donations have included anesthesia supplies, endoscopic equipment and supplies, hospital beds, gurneys, a birthing table, wheelchairs, rubber gloves, bandages, disposable sheets and a whole lot more. You name it, Slepian has acquired it and Lions has delivered it.

Lions Club San Felipe, B.C. is a service club organization of nearly 75 members who volunteer their time and energy to serve the community of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. The club sponsors the Flying Samaritans, a group of doctors and other medical personnel based in Modesto, California, who bring highly specialized medical skills to underserved communities like San Felipe. Lions Club, working with Lions Club in Kauai, Hawaii, acquired a $50,000 Slip Lamp Machine. This specialized equipment will allow doctors to diagnose vision problems like cataracts and eye disease related to diabetes. It will also be used by Flying Samaritan doctors to perform laser eye surgery. Dr. Abasolo was the recipient of an operating room Data Scope Monitor, donated by a Torrance, California, doctor who was inspired after reading about the Flying Samaritans’ work in San Felipe.

Lions Club International is the world’s largest service club organization with over 1.4 million members in over 190 countries and geographic areas. Its membership is made up entirely of individuals who combine their collective talents and resources to serve their local communities.

Lions Club San Felipe, B.C. delegation delivers donated medical equipment and supplies from Mercy General Hospital, Sacramento, California, to Hospital San Felipe, San Felipe, Baja California.
(left to right)
Miguel O. Cosmopolous, Daniel Rubio Romero, Raquel M. Diaz, Olaya Santos Calderón, Carmen Miron Piña, Blanca E. Rubio, Delfin Lara Florentino, Carlos Kuttler Denicola.
Hospital San Felipe staff receives anesthesia supplies and endoscopic equipment and supplies donated by Mercy General Hospital, Sacramento, California.
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Carlos Kuttler, owner Hospital San Felipe
Gary Dilley, President, Lions Club San Felipe, B.C
Robin Kissee, Treasurer, Lions Club San Felipe, B.C.
Elayne Caldwell, Secretary, Lions Club San Felipe, B.C.