This week the inaugural Global Partners volunteer surgery team is at the Rosebud Indian Health Service hospital! The following blog entry is written by volunteer Jeanne Johnson, MD, General Surgery, from Gundersen.
Monday in Rosebud (day one): We reported as a team to morning report at 740am. We met the other providers in the hospital including nursing, physicians, pharmacy, dietary, physical therapy, dental and behavioral health. After a short morning orientation we found ourselves ready to meet patients and begin our first cases in the OR There has not been a constant general surgery presence in the hospital for some time, so performing a laparoscopic cholecystectomy and hernia repair with mesh was met with some excitement from the OR staff.
This called for a bit of creativity as the equipment they had ordered had not yet arrived to the hospital, but as we worked together and thought outside the usual box, everything went very smoothly for both patients. The patients had waited 3-12 months to have their surgery done and were very appreciative! All of the staff were very welcoming and passionate about taking excellent care of these patients. I was delighted to write orders and my formal op note on paper! I didn’t miss EPIC one bit!
In the evening we met with a local tribal elder-orator, a professor at the local college, Duane Hollow Horn Bear. He shared fascinating stories of his life here on the Rosebud reservation and the Lakota people. I was so impressed at the level of passion for patient care, despite the small volume of providers, and the high level of care provided by all.
By Jeanne Johnson, MD