WE NEED YOUR HELP NOMMS MISSION RECENT DONATIONS To deliver medical services to the less fortunate that will repair broken Our gratitude is extended to the following individuals and companies In order for this organization to survive, we need your assistance. Any little bit helps: bodies, ease pain and provide spiritual comfort for those in need. for donating medical materials for use on our Missions and allowing volunteer time, medical equipment and supplies, and always, monetary donations. T E A C H I N G A M A N T O F I S H the donation of medical materials to local and foreign charities: OUR VISION Dr. Charles Johnson Biomet NOMMS is a perpetual organization based on Christian values that PSA Healthcare East Jefferson General Hospital relies on volunteers dedicated to provide medical relief to the less for- WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE tunate in third world countries by providing direct medical treatment; HCA Health Care Baxter Pharmaceutical East Jefferson Ambulatory Care Ochsner Hospital NOMMS is a not-for-profit Christian based organization whose primary focus is to aid those in donating medical supplies, instruments and equipment to pre-quali- the need of medical attention. NOMMS aims at creating not only a medical missionary atmos- Americares Harahan Lions Club fied partners; and facilitating the mutual medical education of King Benevolent Texas Lions Clubs phere, but also brings with them donations of medical equipment and supplies. NOMMS also NOMMS volunteers and our partners. brings a learning segment to each mission -- teaching those in other countries updated medical Ethicon Ryder Truck Rentals Stryker Belle Chase Family Dental techniques with new equipment and supplies. This not only allows the foreign doctors and staff THE TEAM (Orthopedics and Instrument Divisions) an opportunity to expand their knowledge, it produces exponential results for future care. NOMMS relies on volunteers of all ages, races and religions who bring medical, professional, business and logistical skills together to MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The 1st Annual NOMMS Golf Tournament - October 26, 2007 deliver our services. The 2007 Mission Possible Gala will be held on June 23, 2007 at Generations Hall www.medicalmissionservices.com MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Since our last newsletter we've had two significant events. The month members. The spirit of volunteerism is both the backbone and engine following our trip to Nicaragua we had a fund raising gala and in that drives NOMMS. By the grace of God we have developed to our October we had another medical mission trip to Ecuador. present level and with His grace and the help of The Holy Spirit we will continue to grow and to extend our charitable activities to even The fundraiser “Mission Possible 2006” was held at Southport Hall. more sites. For the gala there was ample food, drink and live entertainment in addition to silent and live auctions. The Gala Chairperson, Simone Although we formed NOMMS for the purpose of performing medical Bruni, along with a large cast of volunteers produced a wonderful missions and providing medical supplies and education to the under- event with a financial outcome that exceeded our expectations. privileged in Central and South American third world countries, Thanks to Simone's efforts it was a fantastic party as well. Hurricane Katrina forced us to re-examine our mission. In October we conducted our fourth mission trip to Guayaquil, Since the storm we have donated med- Ecuador where 82 major surgical procedures and in excess of 180 ical supplies to several local charities consultations were performed. Thanks to the Lion's Club donation of and we will continue to do our part in free eye glasses over 3,200 people in Ecuador were fit with eyeglass- rebuilding New Orleans until our role is es they could otherwise not have afforded. Our group of 47 volun- no longer needed. Without the sup- teers performed all of this work in the one week we were in Ecuador. port of our sponsors, volunteers and patrons we could not have progressed Both of these events were made possible through the efforts of the to our present position. many volunteers who give of their time and talents to NOMMS. I wish to give my personal thanks and In our first year of existence there was a core group of 5 founders prayers to all those who have helped and 35 volunteers who launched our initial efforts. We now have a NOMMS become a success and I offer core of over 400 volunteers and a Board of Directors consisting of 18 a special prayer that God bless each one of you. MARK YOUR CALENDAR The 2007 Mission Possible Gala will be held on June 23, 2007 at Generations Hall, the Patron Party begins at 7pm and the Gala will be held from 8 to 11pm. If you would like to volunteer and/or donate food, beverages, auction items, please contact Simone Bruni, Gala Chairperson, at 504.908.8833. PLUS, the 1st Annual NOMMS Golf Tournament to be held on October 26, 2007 at Ormond Country Club. ON A MISSION IN GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL with Sally England W October 28, 2006 a team of 47 sion, dispensing over 4,000 glasses. 2,880 Fr. Peter Hammett accompanied the mission hen I was asked to write about my NOMMS experience the their eyes examined and with the hopes of getting glasses so they ON physicians, nurses, and eye clinic actual patients received a pair or several team as Chaplin. He offered daily Mass and first thing that popped into my head was I got so much more could see to drive, read or sew. specialists returned from a one-week pairs of eyeglasses, while 380 were not suit- facilitated spiritual discussions prior to dinner from this experience than I could possibly have given back to mission to Guayaquil, Ecuador. This was the able due to eye disease, cataracts, etc. each evening. Fr. Peter's presence provided the people we helped treat. The power of God working through us helping these people was one forth medical mission to work with the spiritual healing for the mission team, and the of the most powerful feelings I've ever experi- Hospital Luis Vernaza. Our partner in To support the mission, seven pallets of sup- patients at the eye clinic and hospital. I got involved with the mission because, The power of God working through us enced. Their kind words of God bless you, and Guayaquil is the Junta De Beneficencia. The plies were sent via air cargo two weeks in well, my Mother signed me up for it. That helping these people was one of the most the gratitude that was shown to us from the Junta De Beneficencia is a not-for-profit foun- advance of the mission. A special hazardous The mission was successful in all aspects. Eleven has now been added to the long list of powerful feelings I've ever experienced. patients, to the hospital staff and even the hospi- dation that was founded over 130 years ago material shipment of bone cement was sent patients were unable to walk without pain, they things I can thank my Mom for. tal volunteers was enough to make me feel like I'd to provide health services to the poor. They prior to the mission. Instruments and equip- can now walk pain free and return to work. been able to change someone's life for the better. operate four hospitals as well as other health ment were packed in 44 foot lockers and Cancer patients who had little or no hope of sur- We saw hundreds of people the week we were in Ecuador. Just see- related facilities. boxes as checked baggage to accompany vival can now have an extended quality of life. ing how the little bit of hope we provided simply by being there was I went on this journey to make a difference, but the mission team on the flight to Guayaquil. Patients who suffered debilitating pain, prevent- amazing. So many waited hours and hours for the opportunity to get the real difference was made inside of me. During the mission, 82 surgeries were suc- ing them from working were healed and will cessfully completed with over 180 medical work again. Children, adults and the elderly who consultations and educational meetings tak- A SPECIAL THANK YOU could literally not see or read now have the sight. ing place. GYN/Oncology preformed 15 sur- to the Brown Foundation for partially geries with 20 consultations/educational underwriting the cost of this mission; the Thanks to the mission team, all the volunteers meetings; while Orthopedics achieved 13 Houma Civitan Club, Bayou Grace and who helped prepare for this mission, the and 18 respectively. Within the plastic sur- First United Methodist Women in Houma; NOMMS volunteers who helped to raise money gery specialty, there 10 surgeries and 22 and St. Ann Catholic Church of Bourg to fund the mission and the individuals and com- consultations/educational meetings. ENT panies who provide financial and in-kind support. and General Surgery preformed 17 proce- dures each; with consultations/educational The team departed New Orleans on October Without the support of over 400 volunteers meetings totaling over 45. The Urology and 21, 2006. On Sunday, October 22, 2006 the and supporters none of this would be possi- Gastro Enterology specialties completed over physicians conducted rounds with their local ble. A special thank you to the Brown INSIDE NOMMS 75 consultations/educational meetings com- counterparts while the rest of the team Foundation for partially underwriting the cost bined; plus 10 urological cases accom- unpacked the supplies and organized the sur- of this mission and to St. Ann's Catholic plished. gical supply rooms and eye clinic. Starting Church in Bourg, the Houma Civitan Club Monday at 8AM work began and continued and First United Methodist Women of Houma Prior to the arrival of the Mission team, the each day until late in the afternoon. On Friday Louisiana for the cash contribution to partial- FUNDRAISING NEWS DONATIONS MADE TO LOCAL CHARITIES Junta De Beneficencia issued over 3,000 tick- afternoon October 27, 2006, the medical ly fund the purchase of a new autorefractor Since the beginning of NOMMS several local Foundations have In January of 2006, the NOMMS Board of Directors made a formal ets to be examined for eyeglasses. The materials that needed to return to New for the Eye Clinic. Another special thanks to made grants to support our mission and medical donation activities. resolution to actively support local charities in the hurricane Katrina NOMMS team completed a total of 3,260 Orleans were packed. The team departed to Bayou Grace, a Houma group that donated The original supporters are: Donum Dei Foundation, Greater New and Rita recovery efforts. Prior to June of 2006 NOMMS donated 3 eye examinations during the one-week mis- New Orleans on Saturday October 28, 2006. items used on the Ecuador mission. Orleans Foundation and East Jefferson Hospital Foundation. With truckloads of supplies to the National Guard within days of Katrina. this financial support NOMMS has been able to complete one med- In January NOMMS assisted the City of New Orleans in receiving, ical mission per year, donate over 20 containers of medical materials warehousing and distribution medical equipment donated to the city. and provide local hurricane relief support. Since June, NOMMS has donated office furniture and equipment to the following local charities: In early summer of 2006 an aggressive campaign was launched to Women's New Life Center - medical and office equipment raise funds to support the expanded activities of NOMMS. We are Servants of Mary, Ministers to the Sick - medical supplies, medical equipment, very pleased to announce and thank the Brown Foundation for provid- office equipment, and furniture Second Harvest Food Bank - 32,183 pounds of food representing ing a grant to partially fund the recent Medical Mission to Ecuador. 80,000 meal for the poor Catholic Charities - medical supplies for various agencies currently rebuilding Without this financial support we would not have been able to com- APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTORS Guayaquil Group plete two missions in 2006 and continue to donate medical materials both locally and overseas. The NOMMS Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appoint- NOMMS 2007 BOARD OF DIRECTORS: ment of Elliot Black, M.D. to the Board. Dr. Black is a Plastic Surgeon For 2007, the Board of Directors of NOMMS, has approved plans to and has been active in NOMMS since 2003 attending 3 medical mis- R. Daniel Jacob, M.D. Lisa Bazzett, M.D. Robert Normand, M.D. conduct three Medical Missions and continue to expand the donation sions and assisting in fundraising and in-kind donations. Chairman of the Board and President Elliot Black, M.D. Kenneth E. Pickering, Esq. of materials and provide medical education activities. If you, or some- Cynthia D. Cash Ashton Ryan one you know might be interested in partially underwriting one of our At the annual meeting of the Members of NOMMS held on Frederick J. Mikill, II José E. Cruz E. Daniel Trahant, APMC programs, please contact NOMMS. September 19, 2006, Thomas Kennedy, M.D. and John Montz, M.D. Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Kennedy, M.D. were elected as NOMMS Members to serve with R. Daniel Jacob, John J. Weiler, Esq. Mark J. Mansfield, Esq. David E. Richards, CPA Christian Mayorga, M.D. Greg Wilde, MS NOMMS Contact Information: www.medicalmissionservices.com M.D., Frederick J. Mikill, II and Mark Mansfield, Esq. The Members Treasurer John R. Montz, M.D. Fritz Windhorst, Esq. 5600 Jefferson Highway, Suite W3-304 - New Orleans, LA 70123 appointed the 2007 NOMMS Board of Directors whom will serve a T 504-456-9068 (Dr. Dan Jacob) or T 504-491-6989 (Fred Mikill) one year term commencing January 1, 2007.