Meeting began at 6:30 PM. Members
present: Cynthia Shumpert, Paul Shumpert, Sylvia Washington, George
Faile, Lee Jennings, Willie Ree Howell. Tommy Harrison present as a
Paul presented that Dr.ís Tim & Lori
Cahill plan to stay at BMC for 3 years and possibly more, if GFF can
support them. Lori plans to work part time starting in 2017. Their
family will take a short furlough January 9, 2017-March 2017. They has
been asked to work on mentoring and discipleship at BMC, particularly
with the Ghanaian physicians. They both have asked that they can take a
day a week to undergo language study in Ghana.
Tommy Harrison was recently in
Nalerigu, assisting in installing the 2 autoclaves that were donated to
BMC 2+ years ago. He sees a great need to have the hospital find
equipment in Ghana that is of lower technology, and easier to maintain.
He is willing to go to Ghana and visit several hospitals in Accra and
Kumasi, to find out how they manage systems such as IV fluids and
oxygen, as well as where they purchase items such as commercial washing
machines. The Board members agreed this was a good thing for Tommy to
do. He will report back to us with his findings.
Tommy also feels BMC needs a better
water system, as the nearest well is close to the river, and piping is
often cut out and stolen. He recommends a new well be drilled close to
House 6, and a large black water tank be installed to store water. An
estimate of $15,000-$20,000 was given No decision was made on this at
Problems and cost of generator
transfer switch were not determined. Attempts will be made again to see
if the issue has been resolved, and /or the cost to fix it. Tommy ran
the new generator while he was there, and it appeared to be working
Individual electric lines are being
strung to the individual houses on the compound, as the Ghana Health
Service will only pay for electricity to the hospital. Concern was
voiced about the houses losing power when VRA is not operational.
Theoretically, the houses will be connected to the generator; Paul and
Cindy will check on this with Francis Ackom while in Ghana later this
According to Tommy, most of the houses
are not currently occupied; many need work done on them. A housing
agreement needs to be put in place before any
repairs/construction/additions will be paid for by GFF.
Other issues brought up by Tommy
include: there is a need for a high pressure washer, but he states when
there was one there, it was often used for personal use; a planing
machine is needed by maintenance-same issue; the roof is leaking in the
Theatre, needs repair.
When money is sent to BMC for
specifics such as funding for the Nutrition Center, fuel for generator
and public health vehicles-little or no documentation is ever sent to
GFF about how the funds are spent. It was discussed that possibly the
money would be sent to our housing administrator, Francis Ackom, who
would distribute it. It was agreed to discuss this with Francis while
Paul and Cindy are in Ghana this month.
Reimbursement to the Ghanaian
physicians was instituted, but it was difficult to determine which
doctors received the money, as the number of doctors present has
changed. One doctor left without notice to fulfill military
commitment. One doctor is on extended maternity leave, and is hoping to
enter an OB/GYN fellowship when leave is completed. The question of
whether to reimburse other personnel was discussed. It was agreed that
at this time only physicians and medical assistants be given a stipend,
with the physicians receiving $2000/month to be divided among them, and
the medical assistants to receive Ĺ that amount. It will be determined
how many Mas there are at this time.
In other business:
$1000 was given to INMED for medical
students to attend the annual conference in Kansas City, MO.
Samaritanís Purse sent a
representative to all facilities where they place doctors and students.
It was determined that there were some security issues at BMC which need
to be fixed in order for them to continue to send support. Most of
these were minor, such as uniforms for guards, flashlights for guards,
and more security at the entrances to the hospital compound in the form
of gate repair/installation. Attempts have been made to obtain an
estimate for this work from BMC administration, with no response up to
this time. Francis Ackom will be asked to see if he can get this
estimate; it was agreed that GFF would help fund this.
GFF is financing a container of
medical supplies being sent from Texas by Dr. Jim Howard. $6200 has
been sent to the shipping company; Johnny Owusu in Ghana will assure the
container going through customs, and will be reimbursed by GFF for this.
Francis Ackom will be responsible for seeing that the equipment and
supplies go to the proper departments.
In 2016, the Charity Fund spent
$40,000 providing care for patients from BMC who needed more specialized
surgery in Kumasi. Specific reports about each trip are available, if
A Nissan 4WD truck was purchased for
use on the compound and to transport patients to Kumasi, as well as to
transport volunteers to and from Tamale airport; cost was approximately
$20,000. BMC vehicles are not consistently available for this.
There being no further business, the
meeting was adjourned.