Imagine boating lazily down the Amazon River, deep in Brazil’s rainforest, for two weeks. Relaxing getaway? Not quite. But Crouse Hospital College of Nursing Director Pat Zawko, EdD, RN, wouldn’t have it any other way.
For the past 14 years, Pat has led an annual medical mission to tend to the medical needs of some of South America’s neediest tribal citizens. Why? “Because these people have no options. Because nobody wants to go there to help them,” she says.
Flying out of Syracuse on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 6 a.m., Pat and a contingent of 15 other women, including her 19-year-old daughter, Skyler, will brave the challenges of providing medical care deep in the jungle as part of Crouse Hospital College of Nursing’s Global Health Initiative, begun in 2011.
Four Crouse faculty members — Cathie Aber, Liz Casazza, Sally Manahan and Doreen Masella — will be part of the group. Each team member can bring along two suitcases, each weighing 70 pounds or less. “We’ll jam-pack them with as many medical supplies as possible,” she says, “and then buy what else we’ll need once in Brazil.”
Pat's looking forward to seeing Chief Antonio, leader of the Muratinga tribe, who's led Pat's medical boat down the Amazon on previous missions. He's shown here with Pat and Skyler on a prior trip.
Follow updates during and after the Brazil trip on the Crouse Hospital Facebook Page. Donations for the third annual medical mission to Guatemala that's happening this summer are appreciated. Once again College of Nursing faculty and students will travel to Central America to bring modern day treatments to those in need of medical care.
Crouse Global Health Initiative
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