GLENDALE—Responding to the urgent medical and humanitarian needs of the civilian population affected by the four day war in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), the Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) and Armenia Fund recently partnered to provide high quality medical supplies for emergency and trauma purposes. At a very short moment’s notice, the supplies were quickly assembled by a team of medical professionals at GAMC and then transferred to Armenia Fund for clearance, transportation, and distribution to the areas in most need.
The emergency and trauma supplies are designed to properly treat and stabilize civilians affected by gun shots, burns, and other life threatening trauma as a result of the war hostilities. They included critically needed items, such as bag valve masks to help patients breathe and surgical grade stitching staplers designed to immediately close bleeding wounds. The supplies are designed to be used in the field or at a hospital. The medical professionals treating civilians who were rushed to the hospital and nearby medical centers were extremely grateful for the supplies.
Working in Armenia and providing assistance is not new for GAMC. In 2015, the hospital partnered with Armenia Fund again for a medical mission to the remote rural hospital in Noyemberyan. The team of 35 surgeons, doctors, and medical professionals, treated more than 800 patients and performed 40 surgeries in less than one week. This is part of GAMC’s long term commitment in helping Armenia, specifically rural medicine in the borderline region of Tavush.
“The bond between diaspora Armenians in Glendale and Armenia is inseparable. Therefore, when this tragedy occurred, Glendale Adventist Medical Center could not stand idle, knowing that these countrymen and women were suffering and in need of medical supplies. It was the least we could do, other than pray for peace, which has its own divine impact,” stated Kevin A. Roberts, RN – President and CEO of GAMC.
“I would like to thank Glendale Adventist Medical Center for their wholehearted support in a field where Artsakh needs all the help it can get. At a time of war, sometimes minutes separate life from death for the critically wounded. Thanks to the advanced medical emergency kits supplied by the GAMC, lives will be saved,” stated Sarkis Kotanjian, Executive Director of Armenia Fund.