The Board of the Faile Foundation met on January
6, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. Present were George and
Peter Faile, Cindy and Paul Shumpert, Lee
Jennings, and Martha Cates.
Under old business, Cindy and Paul gave
updates after their visits to the BMC in
December. Greg Nyhus and Mr. Addai are doing a
good job. Rich Ambler and Dr. Etuh are also
there and doing well. Dr. Bruce Steffus from
PAACH said he will try to get us another surgeon
in 2012. The 2 Cuban doctors discussed at the
last meeting left after about a week there. We
did purchase the 2 vehicles discussed at the
last meeting. And we received donations for the
nutrition centre to keep it functioning for now.
We have about $375,000 in funds.
Monies were wired on January 5th
to BMC totaling $13,165.00. This included $4000
for salary for Dr. Etuh for January and
February, $2115 for salary for Dr. Foli
(Ghanaian doctor) for 6 weeks, and $7050 to
refurbish House #12 including 2 air
conditioners. Dr. Etuh will move into House 12;
he has a wife and small child.
A total of $9500.00 was mailed in January.
Melinda Chen (4th year med student)
and Myrill Solaski (3rd year med
student) each are going for 1 month -- $1000
each. $4500 for salary for Dr. Rich Ambler for
12/15/10 to 3/15/11 is included. And the salary
for Greg Nyhus (volunteer coordinator) for
Jan/Feb/Mar totaled $3000.
Glenn Kling, maintenance engineer, will be
going from January 25 to February 23. We will
pay airfare, accommodations, and parts to be
carried in, total amount not determined yet. He
will also take in with him the new ultrasound
machine. We purchased it from SonoSite; it is a
$38,095 machine that we are getting for $15,250.
That money will be wired this week.
The prospect of a new Toyota vehicle for
Public Health was discussed. Toyota-Gibraltar
will sell a new vehicle with 10 seats, a roof
rack, and the snorkel exhaust to non-profits in
Africa for $41,341.83 plus customs and
insurance. It was decided that we could not
commit this much at the time. Cindy will try to
determine how much customs will be, and Peter
Faile will look at grants for this.
Requests that have been made by BMC were
Money for special needs: $700/month.
This is for completely destitute people
who need to be served. Suggestions
included asking volunteers to leave any
extra money they have left over and
asking for donations specifically for
Fuel for public health vehicles I
about $608/month. This may be something
we need to do.
Edward wants to build housing for
about 20 nursing students. The hospital
sponsors nursing students, who then
return to work there to work off the
debt. Also, nurses need a year of
clinical experience; BMC can provide
this while having extra help from the
The pharmacy wants a laptop computer
to maintain inventory/ordering. They
have had a computer before. Cindy will
talk to Julie Myren, who is a pharmacist
and has been to BMC.
Floor plan of the hospital: $700.
There has been a plan available in the
past; George will try to check on this
while he is over there this month.
Flat screen TV and DVD player for
OPD to run educational and spiritual
Fuel for generator: $1760/month. The
power is off one-half to one-third of
the time, so running the generator is
Tower for wireless internet in
hospital: $1430. It was decided that we
needed more information about this.
Vodaphone was removing a tower and would
sell it to BMC instead, but there was
too little information to promise the
funds at this time.
Curtains for Peds ward and OPD.
Cindy will ask Vickie Barnes if her
volunteers are interested in this
IMEC proposal for items for the hospital.
Faile Foundation sends them a donation, they
send a container with the items. Peter will work
on a grant for this.
Ongoing needs are Cytotec 200mcg and
Albuterol for nebulizers. If anyone is
interested in donating these items, they are
IMB has paid $90,000.00; past bills have been
paid, and there is about $40,000 left. The IMB
and the hospital board are working to insure
that BMC is a separate entity.
Mensa Abaka is a Ghanaian who has been in
medical school in the Ukraine. He is out of
funds, and still has 2 more years to go. He is a
member of the BMDF in the Ukraine, found out
about us, and contacted us for help. He worked
with Cindy in December and was very
enthusiastic. He needs about $10,500. Edward
will have him sign a contract to work for BMC 2
years for every year we pay for. It was decided
that this was a proposal that needed to be voted
on by the entire board, perhaps by e-mail.
Paul will post the needs on the web-site and
in the newsletter. Sometimes gifts will be given
for a specific need.
The meeting was adjourned.