Posted on Apr 2, 2014 · Posted in News
 

Read-in-Radiology-OPTIn 2011 Tenwek Hospital made history when it installed the first-ever CT scanner in rural Kenya. Donated by Toshiba, this advanced imaging modality greatly increased Tenwek’s capacity to care for critical patients. However, with no radiologist on staff it also presented a dilemma… how to get these complex diagnostic images interpreted?

Seeing this need and the challenges of running Tenwek’s growing imaging department, Dr. Read Vaughan, a native of Montana, stepped forward to become Tenwek’s first stateside, department “Champion” A radiologist and annual short-term visiting physician, Dr. Vaughan’s vision was to develop a network of Christian radiologists who would use their skills to advance Tenwek’s mission to share Christ’s love through compassionate care.

Through prayer and working in close partnership with World Medical Missions, Dr. Vaughan began promoting Tenwek’s need for Radiology volunteers; he attended conferences, developed brochures, and sent information and appeals to previous Tenwek short-termers.

The results were nothing short of miraculous. Over a three-year period, the number of Christian radiologists interested in supporting Tenwek grew from a handful to over eighty-five! Thirty-two different radiologists have now worked at Tenwek, many for their inaugural mission experience. They have been able to share their ability and love, and receive profound blessings from their experience.

The ART Project
In 2013, seeing this growing body of enthusiastic supporters and knowing the dire needs for new X-ray equipment and facility remodeling, Dr. Vaughan worked with Tenwek internist Dr. John Spriegel to develop “Advancing Radiology at Tenwek,” or ART. Following Board approval, an alliance was formed with Friends of Tenwek and World Gospel Mission. Dr. Vaughan and his colleagues began seeking tax-exempt donations from the new community of volunteer radiologists – and the response has been overwhelming.

In one short year, over $130,000 in contributions were received; expansion plans were developed; and the project was initiated. Progress to date includes:
• a new $50,000 Quantum X-ray machine is on its way to Tenwek;
• ART contributed $7,000 to help purchase a new portable Ultrasound unit;
• ground was broken for a $25,000 remodeling project; and
• the acquisition of a teleradiology system and fluoroscopy machine is being pursued.

Through the ART project, Christian radiologists have found an exciting opportunity to serve on a medical missions trip in ways that are changing a department, supporting Tenwek’s community, and saving lives.

Interested  in becoming an “FOT Champion” for your practice area? Contact Dr. Vaughan at tenwekradfriend@gmail.com.

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