Acquisition of Anesthesia Machine and First Steps Toward Establishment of OR

The leaders of MA expressed interest in having a surgical procedures unit in the local community.  The clinic would be the ideal location, except for the fact that there are no surgeons in the immediate area.  From all indications, this was going to remain a dream for a long time - that is until a few SATC board members met Dr. “T”.  Dr. “T”  is actually Dr. George Trajtenberg, a general surgeon at Chester County Community Hospital in West Chester, PA, very near to the headquarters location for SATC.  Dr. Trajtenberg frequently conducted overseas surgical mission trips to the Caribbean.  Hearing of our interests and the progress our organization made with the clinic in La Entrada, he made an exploratory trip to the facility, coming back very excited and convinced our board that we already had the spatial layout, and much of the equipment required for an Operating Room (OR) and patient recovery areas.  He was ready to help obtain the additional items required and he would recruit a team of medical experts from the Pennsylvania area for mission trips to conduct outpatient surgeries in Honduras.  Thus in late 2012, the first acquisitions of an operating table and a Drager anesthesia machine were made. Dr. "T" and the first surgical brigade arrived in April 2013.