Thursday, August 16, 2018

Did you hear the news?

SOfA has created a Google Group e-mail account to share our latest Blog posts with Surgical Outreach for the America's Friends and Family!

What can you expect? Just a quick note now and then...

Trip reports
Pictures from our trips
Invitations and Event Reminders
Requests for volunteers
Requests for supplies
Fundraising updates

Your caring support allows us to provide medical care for under served communities in Central and South America. Our mission continues to expand because of YOU and we want to share the stories of hope and gratitude of those we help with those that make the SOfA mission possible.

We hope you will join us at SOfA's Trivia Night, Friday, November 30, 2018.
Visit us on FACEBOOK, Twitter and our website, for more information.

It's a FUN time for a worthy cause.

Your Friends at SOfA

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Dr. and Mrs. Carcamo visit from El Salvador!

It was with great honor that Surgical Outreach for the Americas hosted Dr. David Carcamo and his wife Morena in May of 2018 in St. Louis, MO.  Dr. Carcamo  specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is administrator of Hospital de Maternidad la Divina Providencia in Texacuangos, El Salvador.  Because of the generosity of Dr. Carcamo, and the connection afforded us by Dr. Peter Danis and his St. Louis based mission team, SOfA has been serving in El Salvador for the past three years.  We are grateful to Dr. Carcamo and his wife for accepting our invitation to visit St. Louis.  The operating rooms of both St. Mary's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes Jewish Hospital, provided Dr. Carcamo the opportunity to observe gyencologic procedures, including robotic GYN operations.

Dr. Joseph Hurley and his wife Ellen graciously hosted the Carcamos during their stay in St. Louis.  Along with the working aspect of the trip, we also had the opportunity to show the Carcamos our great city.  We attended a Cardinals baseball game, toured the AB Brewery, the Cathedral Basilica, Lone Elk Park, the Gateway Arch, the Art Museum, and much more.  Several group dinners and a final sendoff party at the Frisella's were highlights of the week.

We are eternally thankful to Dr. Carcamo for the opportunity to work in his hospital.  The friendships and bonds we have formed are extraordinary.  Because of our combined efforts, hopefully the world will be just a little better place, and patients will receive care that may otherwise have not been possible.

SOfA is planning to return to El Salvador in 2019 to continue our work under the direction of Dr. Carcamo.  Thank you David and Morena for sharing your time with us and for being great partners in our quest to deliver surgical care in an area of need.

Left to Right - Dr. Carcamo, Ellen Hurley, Dr. Molly McCormick, Carla Nitz
Wes Vega, Peggy Frisella, Dr. Joseph Hurley, and Morena Carcamo

At the Cards game with Dr. Hurley, Dr. Carcamo, Leslie Steele
and her husband, Morena Carcamo, and Ellen Hurley



Sendoff Party for the Carcamos!

So many stopped by to meet and greet the Carcamos.  

Pictured from L-R - Chris Mihill (KMOX), Carla Nitz,
Morena Carcamo, and Wes Vega

From L-R - David and Morena Carcamo,
Wes Vega, and Trish Tully

From L-R - Kathy Wennemann, Ron and Jenny Wedepohl,
Diane Carter, Tom and Patti Dunn
On the deck - from L-R - Ellen Hurley, Ruth Huebner, Rose Winter,
Peggy Frisella, Liz Frei, Herb Huebner, and Dr. Cynthia Wichelman (

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

El Salvador Mission Highlights

One of the many highlights of this years' mission to Hospital de Maternidad in Texacuangos, El Salvador, was the nurse's lecture provided by Jeanie Fry, one of our volunteers.  Jeanie put together and excellent talk entitled "Preoperative and Postoperative Care of Gallbladder Surgery Patients".  Her talk was presented at a local hospital and was well attended as you can see by the photo below.
Education is one of SOfA's primary goals, along with providing surgical care for those in need.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make El Salvador 2018 a huge success.
Dr. Brent Matthews also delivered an inspiring lecture to local medical students and surgery residents in training.  This lecture is always a big hit, with the focus on hernias.

Jeanie Fry lectures on Gall Bladder Surgery

Dr. Brent Matthews lectures on Hernias

Dr. Joe Hurley examines a child with a hernia

Nurse Pam Thurston comforts a patient in the postop area

Dr. Molly McCormick talks with a family member following surgery

Friday, June 29, 2018


In February Surgical Outreach for the Americas completed its 10th year of service to the people of the Dominican Republic. I took a moment to reflect not how grateful I am personally for the opportunity that the Institute for Latin American Concern, Creighton University, and the administration of ILAC in Santiago, Dominican Republic have provided SOfA to interact and care for those in the ILAC community in need of surgical care.
Ten years of partnership, successes, and in total over a decade of work in the Dominican Republic would not be possible without the efforts of so many people, both here at home in the US and in the DR.  This year's group of health care providers was fantastic.  We worked hard and also managed to have some fun by attending a baseball game played by the Águilas Cibaeñas, the local team vs the Tigres del Licey from Santo Domingo.  It was a great time and further strengthened our bond with the people in this amazing community.  I've attached some photos from that evening.  Sincerely, Peggy Frisella

Beth Reider with Baseball Fans

Group Photo

Amazing Baseball Fans

Wes Vega, Beth Reider and me at the game

Baseball Stadium

Dr. Tan - Baseball Fan

Saturday, January 20, 2018

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TRIP #10 - one week away!

We are one week away from our 10th trip to the Dominican Republic - our team of 19 will depart on Saturday, January 27th - during our one week stay we will operate Monday through Friday - our primary focus will be hernia repairs for those without access to surgical care for their hernia disease.  I say disease because here in the United States, a hernia repair is generally a benign (or somewhat, but not always of course) procedure that one recovers from rather easily.  In countries where hernias are left unattended for years, and often from birth, they become more complex, and impair the lives of those patients who live with the chronic hernia.

Please keep us in your thoughts and send positive vibes our way to ensure a successful week.  We are grateful to all of you for your support over these past ten years.  SOfA is doing great things thanks to all of you! Below is a happy patient.  He did well from his hernia surgery, and left the clinic with a new pair of briefs (to help contain the fresh incision), a new blanket (which often serves as their new mat on a dirt floor), a new pair of socks (because patients do not go back to the operating room on a stretcher - they WALK - thus a pair of clean socks), and, if you're a kid, like Jose' below, you get to choose a stuffie (all of these items donated by ALL OF YOU!).

I get choked up when I think of how so many contribute to make all of this happen.  We will update you on our progress next week......

Peggy Frisella