The Board met at 4: 00 p.m. at the home of Dr.
Willie Ree Howell. Present were Drs. Howell,
Cindy and Paul Shumpert, David Kearns, George
Faile, Dewey Dunn, and Bobbie Dunn and Martha
Cates. Dewey opened the meeting with prayer.
Paul gave a brief report on finances. There is a
balance of about $270,000, which is down from
about $325,000 last year. $68,000 has been
received and about $140,000 spent this year.
$55,000 of the amount spent was on the new
vehicle for public health and the ultrasound.
Support of doctors is about $5000/month. We have
sent 12 students on full support and 2 on half
Updates on personnel: Rich Ambler (FP)
finished his year with BMC as of July 2011.
Volunteer coordinators Greg and Wendy Nyhus will
leave about October 1, 2011. Dr. Etuh (surgeon)
was released as of August 2011. Glenn Kling,
engineer, was a huge help refurbishing equipment
in January. He is still helping through
correspondence. It would probably be good to
have him go yearly. Isabella, whom we have
supported, is in medical school and volunteers
at BMC on her school vacations. The medical
student in the Ukraine did not return to school;
he is still in Ghana. $3500 was sent and has not
been returned, either by the Ukrainian med
school or the student.
The Toyota vehicle should be in port on
September 11. Jimmy and Solomon are already
working on customs clearance. The cost is
$39,747.34 so far. It will be licensed to BMC
and used only for public health.
Cindy has discussed another surgeon for BMC
with Dr. Bruce Steffes of PAACS. It seems we
have to provide our own surgical candidate. Earl
Hewitt is working on this.
The Sonosite US is in place and is a huge
time saver in OPD and on the wards.
$700 per month for the Nutrition Center has
been sent for the past 10 months. About $12,000
has been donated specifically for this need.
Cindy brought up several requests from Edward
(the Hospital Administrator.) He wants (1)
$10,000 for nursing housing, (2) a computer for
the pharmacy (Cindy has tried to talk to the
pharmacist about this, but hasn’t heard back),
(3) Fuel for the public health vehicle – about
$608/month, (4) fuel for the generator – about
$7000 for the last half of the year, (5) flat
screen TV and DVD, and (6) $4000 to renovate
House 13 for the Ghanaian doctor-couple who are
expected soon. He also mentioned funding for a
nephew at a private school who wants to be a
We have had piecemeal and incomplete
documentation of finances for BMC in the past.
The Medical Services Council (which is the board
for BMC) has had similar past & ongoing issues.
After much discussion it was decided that we
will not send any money for the extra requests
until we have received a proper accounting of
Under new business, Dr. Keenan Wilson (FP/ER)
is at BMC July – December 2011. He is receiving
the stipend of $1500 that Rich Ambler had been
receiving. Dr. Joel Dickens (OB/GYN) and family
are back in Nalerigu. We have been supporting
them with $1200/month. The family had extra
expense getting their container and vehicle into
Ghana. The motion to increase the stipend to
$1500 was made by Cindy, seconded by Willie Ree,
and was passed.
The Ghanaian doctors expected soon, Emmanuel
and Teresa Bidzakin, will be paid $1150 each by
the government. Edward requested an additional
$700 each for them. We tabled this item pending
above mentioned financial statements from BMC.
The cautery machine is broken, and Vince
Waite can get a refurbished one for $2750. Cindy
moved that we pay for this, Willie Ree seconded,
and the motion passed. We also agreed to pay
$3000 for plane tickets for 2 plumbers who are
going over with Paul and Cindy.
The IMB wants to sell 2 vehicles, a truck and
the Failes’ old van. Cindy will find out the
cost, and we will probably need to get them. The
van especially is needed for volunteers.
George will be going over in late October for
2 weeks and will check on everything for us.
Cindy and Paul will be going November 29 –
December 15, along with a retired surgeon from
Texas and the 2 plumbers from Rome.
There being no further business, the meeting