International Surgical Foundation
International Surgical Foundation is a non-profit Christian based charity founded out of a need to provide to the impoverished population of the Dominican Republic and surrounding areas, the very best in surgical treatment of all spine disorders. ISF is the collaboration of many dedicated professionals, who witness first hand the extreme poverty resulting in profound neglect of many spine related problems. This has left many within the population suffering from major neurologic disorders which could have been prevented with proper clinical follow up. In Sept 2010, 6 members of one of Scottsdale Healthcare scoliosis surgical team was invited as the first spine team to support the Surgical Humanitarian Mission co-sponsored by Fundación HOMS Santiago, Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic shares the same land mass with Haiti. This island nation (Haiti) was devastated by a major earthquake thus worsening their poverty. Haiti has added to the issues facing Dominican Republic as their population is also seeking good health care and resources. There are many countries all over the world who’s poverty dictates access to medical care, leaving in its wake many of their citizens profoundly disabled, and unable to provide for themselves or their families. ISF’s long term goal is to expand its operation to other countries within the Caribbean and Central America. It was the surgical mission to Santiago, Dominican Republic, that sparked the interest of this highly trained group of medical professionals in creating this non-profit organization in an effort to prevent life and limb threatening conditions from plaguing the under-served men, women, and children in the Caribbean and South America. Our dedication to the care and treatment of those with spine related issues has extended well beyond the patients of Arizona. Our dream to provide much needed spine related surgical services to a population whose access to treatment and health care is profoundly limited due to their economics, has become a reality through the development of this foundation.
New Facility 2015-2016
ISF have negotiated a working relationship with two hospitals in Santo Domingo and hope to start a surgical week in either or both locations in 2016. We are excited about starting our humanitarian efforts again after a one year reorganization and I pray you will join us as we move forward in a different city. Our first clinic is scheduled for September 2015 and we will likely conduct a total of 3-4 clinics before the surgical week. There are a number of children who were scheduled for surgery at HOMS hospital at the time they had to cut back on their services, and they will be re-evaluated and treated first.
We are also excited about the possibility of expanding our efforts into the island nation of Jamaica. ISF is looking at logistics in moving equipment and supplies to another country, hospital infrastructure, operating room equipment, intensive care unit supplies and secure storage requirements.
We will begin to update the website with new information as developments occur.
Thank you for your support