The Faile Foundation Board met at 6:30 p.m.
at the office of Lee Jennings. Present were
Dr. George Faile, Elizabeth Faile, Drs. Paul
and Cindy Shumpert, Dr. David Kearns, Dr.
Willie Ree Howell, Vicki Barnes, and Martha
Cates. Paul opened the meeting with
Cindy gave updates and reports on Baptist
Medical Centre in Ghana, since she was there
recently. Greg and Wendy Nyhus are working
out very well as volunteer coordinator, and
their 3 children are doing well. They are
scheduled to be there until December, but
would like to stay longer. He is working
with the accountant as well as staying busy
with the increased number of volunteers. We
are funding Greg currently at $900 a month,
and they receive $600 from his home
church. Cindy moved that we add $100 a
month, David seconded, and it was agreed.
Edward Addai is the hospital administrator.
He is sharp and is working diligently to
recruit surgeons and to keep the hospital
Cindy received an accounting of the $25,000
we sent in January. (copy attached.) There
were no receipts included with it. George
explained that spending money for uniforms
and appreciation allowance would be
reasonable to the hospital, since those
items are in the contract with the workers.
We did not specify how the money should be
The hospital is having problems collecting
insurance money from the government for
those covered by the national health
insurance. The government has only paid
approximately 25% of claims owed since
September ’09. The government claims
that they aren’t paying because the
paperwork is not correct. Mr. Addai is
working to correct this problem.
Rich Ambler, a family practitioner, goes
about September 15 for ten months. He will
come home for a couple of weeks in March.
He will need money in Accra, the plane
ticket in-country, and $100 a month for
insurance. He has asked for $1200/ month.
Dr. Ighohwo Etuh, the Nigerian surgeon from
PAACS, is assigned to BMC and is coming in
September for 2 years. We will need to
support him with $1500/month.
Dr. Kusi is the Ghanian surgeon that we
voted to take on a temporary basis. He came
on August 2, and we are supporting him with
$2000/month for 3 months. He has completed
med school and housemanship, and will return
to his post after the temporary assignment.
There are 2 Cuban doctors, husband and wife,
who have expressed interest in working at
BMC. They are asking for $4600/month.
After discussion, including the lack of
documentation from them, Cindy moved and
George seconded that we tell them “No” at
The 2 medical students that we have been
supporting should be starting their second
year of housemanship. Edward will find out
about them. Isabella Baba is in her last
year of med school. She has received money
from the hospital for living expenses. It
was suggested to Edward that she sign some
sort of promise of work for this money. The
Ghanian doctor, Dr. Asari, who had expressed
interest in coming to BMC, was not released
from his post so will not be coming.
The $7000 we sent for the transfer switch
and its installation was well spent –it was
working well! Cindy also took the
skin-grafting equipment with her when she
went in June.
Two doctors in training, Dr Hakim Ofosu and
Dr. M.Aubrey. have been there helping and
were hard workers and much help.
The hospital paid
them $670/month. It was suggested that in
the future we should just help with living
expenses when doctors in training want to
work. It is a good way for them to get
experience, and we can hope they like
working there well enough to come back.
Dr. Lou Smith, a surgeon, came for 2 weeks
after our emergency appeal for help. We
gave her $1000 for expenses. She plans to
return and bring a team with her in the
future. Dr. Vince Wade has been once this
year and is willing to go again in September
for almost a month. We will pay $1500 for
travel expenses for him. Christy Lee is a 3rd
year OB-GYN resident who is planning to go
in January or February for 2 weeks. She
hopes to go for a month the next year and
plans to go to Nalerigu full time when
The IMB wants Jimmy to sell some of the
vehicles owned. We discussed the ones that
had been mentioned, but postponed any
decision until we have more information.
Greg is currently using Earl’s vehicle.
Peter Faile is receiving his Master’s degree
in International development in December in
Cambodia. He is willing to go to Nalerigu
to research information for writing grants
The hospital needs funding for the nutrition
centre. The Catholic church that was
funding it has dropped its funding. We
decided to put out the word through
newsletter and website; maybe a church or
an individual will be interested in working
on this need. Edward has plans drawn up for
a new Nutrition Centre and a new Recovery
Ward, both of which would be wonderful to
Currently we have about $340,000 in funds
and have spent about $55,000 this year. We
actually have a credit in Accra for $1800,
which can be used for some in-country
expenses for volunteers.
Paul will get together a newsletter in the
near future. We’ll probably meet early in
2011 unless a need for a meeting sooner
The meeting was adjourned.