Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Romania Project Reaches Capacity

I made my 20th trip in ten years to Romania this month to lead a strategic planning meeting for the Dr. Luca Medical Center. We opened the doors to this multi-specialty clinic in 2000, and last year we reached our capacity with 85,000 visits. Remarkable! The organization is healthy and well, and we're beginning to look at expanded facility options.

My wife and I were joined on this trip by HDI Board member Ron Stuursma and his wife, Nadine. They visited the Dr. Luca Medical Center in Pitesti, then journeyed on to consult with a project in Galati that I visited last year. Later this year we'll mobilize other HDI volunteers for trips to China (August) and India (October).

A few days after returning from Europe, we held our 2009 HDI Volunteer Orientation session in Holland, MI, preparing another ten volunteer consultants, managers and physicians to participate as trainers and mentors for health care leaders in developing countries. I'm impressed with the quality of people that want to join us in this ministry and the commitments they're willing to make. HDI is clearly gaining traction as a valuable resource for hospitals and clinics in developing countries.