Guam- A medical outreach team from the Shiners Hospital Program is visiting Guam and the CNMI for a few weeks this month.
Shriners Hospitals For Children Administrator Stan Berry was the guest speaker for the Rotary Club of Tumon Bay on Tuesday. While he spoke of sending medical teams in the past to the island and other parts of the pacific, he also highlights how their free clinics help children in these various communities.
“We hold free clinics led by orthopedic surgeons who are trained specifically in pediatric orthopedics” said Berry. “They are looking for children with neuromuscular and bone problems that we can help back in Honolulu. We don’t do surgery at these locations, but we do bring them back to Honolulu and if necessary, our Shiners, which is the sponsoring organization, actually pays for the airfare for both the parent and a child. So it’s a wonderful charity.”
Berry also talks about how proud they are for opening up a brand new state-of-the-art $71 million dollar replacement hospital in Hawaii. The new facility contains 10 bed family quarters and an administrative education center. He says the project took 5 years to complete. $10 million of the new hospital costs were donated by Hawaiian residents. The Shriners hospitals survive off its endowment foundation worth $7 billion dollars and various donations from the public.