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Table of Contents:
•Community Outreach Meet with Mayor
•Meeting with Boquete City Council
•Donated Equipment for Mayor's Outreach
•Boquete Expo Fair
•Nurses Helping with Blood Drive
•Hero's Movie and Matching Fund
•The Magice of Music
•Diabetes Community Education
•September CRP Update
•Our Mission

Community Outreach

Our outreach to the community of our host country continues to grow.  We are lending equipment for both health and hospice care. We are becoming known and starting to know people with whom we can partner for a more effective outreach.

Recently we met with the municipal authorities to explain what we do as well as establish a way to work together. The Vice Mayor, the wife of the Mayor, The Social worker for the municipality were present at the meeting. For our organization Laurie Collier and Marjorie Sarner were presen


Promoting BHH, it´s services and the Blood Drive to the Boquete City Council

We were offered the opportunity to present to the full council of the district. We made the presentation to a very welcoming audience. One of our new supporters, a retired Panamanian nurse Edith Miranda, was a very effective ambassador for our foundation.
BHH donated some equipment to the Mayor’s outreach efforts to the community. Vice Mayor Ofelia provides the walker to a woman whose mother had fallen that morning.
Boquete Expo Fair

We participated in the Expo Fair, held on the 14th of September at the public market.

Our emphasis at these two events was the upcoming October 19 Blood Drive at the Animales Event Center from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm. We signed up possible donors at the Fair. We have requested time to present this Blood Drive initiative at each of the upcoming community meetings in each corregimiento.

Our goal is to sign up 100+ potential donors.  The staff from the Blood Bank at Hospital Regional is bringing up more staff and equipment to service a larger group of donors.
Nurses Helping with Blood Drive
We are fortunate to have 4 Panamanian nurses who are assisting BHH with our Outreach Program.  One of them, Maria Isabel Beltran, is the President of Luz de Esperanza de Boquete, a group that gives support to cancer patients.

Boquete Health and Hospice also thanks our members Marjorie Sarner and Carmen Restrepo for their efforts as liaisons with the nurses, the community and the Spanish-speaking callers to our phone line 6781-9250.  Bilingual skills are a valued commodity in our organization.  Thank you 
With Zaida Zapata, Director of the Blood Bank at Hospital Regional 
The Hero's Blood Drive!
October 19th Heros Blood Drive at Animales
Join Matching Fund
Donate Blood

Boquete Health and Hospice has a new initiative called "The Magic of Music"

Val Strahl and Beverly Stearns will create personalized playlists for patients to borrow along with a music player.

Val became interested in working with a Hospice organization 7 years ago as a result of her husband needing Hospice care as he was dying of cancer. He left her a large collection of music..

In 2015, Val moved to Maryland to be closer to her son and during that time she volunteered at a local Hospice. This Hospice was enrolled in the musicandmemory.org project. Val's job was to create music lists for the Hospice patients.

Since retiring to Panama, she has made her husband's  music collection available to the community.

Val and Beverly thank Laurie Collier for helping to organize this new program. We also thank the members of the community who have made donations to begin the program.

Click on the Magic of Music interview video below to see this short documentary.  Watch touching Interviews with Boquete families with alzheimer and dementia members who have benefited from listening to music.
The Magic of Music used to help Dementia and Alzheimers patients
Diabetes: How Sweet it is:  NOT
Tuesday October 1 at the BCP Theater 10:30am 
Linda Archer will present this topic. Linda has over 40 years of diverse experiences as an RN working in ICU, Critical Care, ER and a focus on cardiovascular.  Prior to moving to Boquete, Linda taught nursing assistants at a career school.  Linda serves as the Boquete Health and Hospice CPR Coordinator for training. Bring your questions
September CPR Update
In the first episode of the “Heimlich Maneuver”, the worst-case scenario has now happened. The choking person has not been able to cough up the foreign body by himself. His attempts are now “high-pitched wheezing” and then nothing! You have positioned yourself behind the person and applied the abdominal thrust, aka Heimlich Maneuver, without success. The person is turning blue; his eyes roll back and he slumps to the floor. You help ease him down, protecting his head. You don’t need a head or cervical spine injury, too! He’s out cold…unresponsive. Your brain is racing and your heart is scrambling. I mean, your heart is racing and your mind is scrambling. What do I do next?  I should have signed up for those last 2 spots at BHH CPR Class. You cry out, “HELP! Somebody help!” Tom and Beverly are nearby and hear your cries for help. What luck! They have taken the CPR class. With her knee pads on, quick as a bunny, Beverly takes control. “I know CPR. Tom, I’ll do chest compressions. You can do mouth-to-mouth. The face shield is on your key chain. You, whatever your name, go call for help, preferably Rodny Direct and get an AED.”  An AED defibrillator, if available, is a life saver and easy to use.   Consider a group purchase for your neighborhood – available at Amazon for $1,295. The last English-speaking CPR class for 2019 will be Thursday, October 10, at 2:30 pm after the BHH general meeting. There is still time to sign up. Email BHH to reserve a spot.  info@boquetehealth.org
Our Mission

Our mission is to provide palliative care for the terminally ill in order that they may experience death with dignity and limited pain; to inform and promote community health; and, to support people with health and wellness needs by providing information, equipment and volunteer services.
To Make a Donation
 BHHF functions with donations provided by the community. If you are interested in supporting the work we do, please make a donation.

To make a financial contribution by check or cash contact Merl Will-Wallace,our treasurer,at dharma49@icloud.com to arrange a time and place to pick up your donation.

You can also click here to make an online Paypal donation.

For more information visit our website: http://www.boquetehealth.org

We also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/boqueteheartshandsandhelp/?ref=bookmarks  Please Like our page and share the contents with your family and friends.

All patient information shared with any Boquete Health and Hospice volunteer is kept in the strictest confidence.

To Contact Us

Hospice/Health:  (507) 6781-9250
8am to 8pm only, Please.  

Blood Donor Program: 
WhatApp (507)-6590-2000 or call (507) 6781-9250 8am to 8pm only, Please.

Email:  boquetehospice@gmail.com

Email:  boquetehealth@gmail.com
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