Every 2 years, the Philippine Medical Society of North East Florida, made up of Jacksonville area physicians, goes to the Philippines. While there, these physicians hold a tiring, week- long marathon of seeing medical, dental and surgical patients. This tenacious crew of 50- 100 medical doctors, surgeons, dentists, nurses, and support crew, work around the clock for the entirety of the week seeing a 1000 medical outreach patients daily, 200- 300 dental outreach patients daily, and 60- 100 surgeries during the week. This tremendous endeavor is actually the culmination of 2 years of hard work. The two years prior to the mission, the PMSNEF and the PMSNEF Auxiliary groups work tirelessly creating fun and memorable events for fundraising, such as golf and tennis tournaments, and charity balls including the upcoming “Dance the Night Away,”on August 22, 2015. Along with the fundraising events, the resourceful members gather the necessary medical equipment to ship to the Philippines for the missions and to donate to hospitals, clinics, and dialysis centers.
This group does a lot of good abroad, but also works to serve the local community. Though, this society is mostly comprised of Filipino- Americans, they are all proud Americans that often gives back to the immediate metropolitan Jacksonville Area. The PMSNEF participates with the Legacy of Care Health Center, which is a free clinic based out of the Arlington Area. In partnership with the Legacy of Care association, the PMSNEF carries out and facilitates health screenings, and other community services. This Saturday morning, August 1st 2015, they participated in the back to school event at Edward Waters College, seeing students and giving school physicals just in time for school to start.
This photo shows, (right to left) current PMSNEF president, Dr. Melchor Barros, Dr Francis Ong, Dr Carmencita Ong, Grace Bunyi RN,Dr Patrick Bunyi, and Mr Tony Baluyot, celebrating the closing of 2 out of 3, 40 foot containers filled with medical, dental, and surgical equipment and other necessary supplies.
After a very dreary and rainy day, the rainbow (slight double) and the beautiful blue skies were a welcome sight. We will take the rainbow as a blessing and a symbol of good fortune for our mission.
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Marie Rose Bunyi