Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Thank you for your help!

Hello Ed,
I just wanted to get back to you on my decisions and progress. I had robotic prostate surgery on October 23rd. The surgery went very well and I was released from the hospital the next day. Dr. Robert Nelson with Virginia Urology performed the surgery at St. Mary’s hospital, here in Richmond, VA. I was very pleased with the care I was given there. Dr. Nelson said the odds are less than 1% chance that the cancer got outside of the prostate gland and no further treatment is scheduled at this time other than the usual PSA tests. I return to Dr. Nelson’s office on Nov. 1st for my post-op check and hopefully remove this catheter. I have not needed to take any pain medications since I left the hospital. I am looking forward to a full recovery in the next few weeks.
I wanted to thank you again for taking the time to talk with me and sending me all the information you did. It was very helpful during my process of deciding what my next steps would be after the diagnosis.
Thanks again and Best wishes to you.
Charlie Keene

Friday, April 15, 2011

A combined effort of the Partnership for the Americas and the National Guard Bureau of International Affairs State Partnership was finally completed with the issuing of a donation check from Best Buy. Best Buy was one of many corporate and community sponsors of The Big Leagues Camp held last July in Stevens Point, WI (see: www.thebigleaguescamp.org), to raise money to transport two donated fire trucks to the Mayport Navel Facility to be shipped to Nicaraugua aboard the HSV 2 Swift.

In coordinating the effort, Ed Mattson stated, "Despite the month-long rain, the program went off with the city's help. They provided the local indoor hockey rink where kids learned the basics of "the Game" from some of baseballs greatest stars. Programs like this can be arranged for other projects. All folks have to do is ask".

Monday, March 29, 2010

Reply from THE NETWORK

We are on top of this and we will have goods available for acquistion by noon today. Do we need to develop a fundraising program to pay for the product and get NGO's to help or are there funds currently available to acquire the units?

This AM we have a call scheduled for Project Handclasp over similar matters in a different State Partnership Program, but we will be discussing the next or even emergency shipping of goods to EUCOM countries. Additionally, with our strategic partner, Admiral Jeremiah Denton Foundation, we can probable airlift the equipment in very short order should you decide you want us to move forward. As we have a time difference of seven hours between the East Coast and Chisinau, please feel free to call us between 5AM-7PM EST today, once we send you details, or tomorrow.

NOTE: For those who don't know, Adm Jeremiah Denton Foundation is not the same as the Denton Foundation handled by USAID. The Denton Foundation split into two factions with the Jeremiah Denton Foundation becoming a strong supporter of The Humanitarian Network working with service clubs and faith-based groups. It is not "space available military transport", but uses regularly scheduled delivery flights.

Request from State Partnership in Moldova

From: U.S. Embassy - Moldova Update and Request from Chisinau Trauma hospital
Monday, March 29, 2010 7:07 AM
From: "Diana Danu", BAO Affairs

Former Prime Minister Greceanii has asked the U.S. Ambassador for two pieces of medical equipment for an emergency/trauma hospital. Chisinau does not have any medical facilities with the two following pieces of medical equipment for diagnosing and treating victims of severe trauma.

One item is an orthopedic table. The Embassy HP provided the attached link to an ortho equipment reseller in the US . You can see that the prices range from $2k to 17k (with a Rolls Royce $42,000k model also available).

Description: An Orthopedic Fracture Table is used for applying controlled flexion and traction to a patient's body. The table is divided at its mid-region into upper and lower platforms. A patient lying on the table is harnessed at the opposite ends of the fracture table, and pelvic straps on the lower platform keeps the patient's pelvic region secured to the lower platform. The patient's head or arms can be selectively harnessed at the head of the upper platform to place the patient's upper body in traction during lowering of the platforms.

The second item is a C-arm (X-ray Image Intensifier). The Embassy HP is working on getting prices for C-arms.

Description: A Mobile X-Ray Image Intensifier (XRII) is often referred to as a C-Arm or Fluoroscope. An XRII uses low intensity x-rays to produce a 'live' image feed which is displayed on a TV screen. It enables medical specialists to better diagnose injuries.

The Embassy made a request through the State Department for the equipment from military medical supplies in Germany . They were told that neither piece is currently available. Can you source and assist?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dental Project by the State Partnership Program

Two military dental specialists from the North Carolina National Guard, along with dentists and dental residents from the University of North Carolina Dental School, came to Moldova the first week of March to partner with Moldovan dentists and dental residents from the “N.Testimitanu” Moldova State Medical and Pharmaceutical University. The visit provided free dental care to Moldovan children residing in the Straseni and Ialoveni boarding schools. This event is a continuation of a series of yearly events launched by the Bilateral Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy within the framework of the North Carolina–Moldova State Partnership Program.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Clarifying State Partnership Programs

"Miller, Todd MAJ NGWV" warren.todd.miller@us.army.mil
To: "ed mattson" emattson0711@yahoo.com

Those engineering projects are a separate exercise (and funding) than what we have in (International Affairs) IA. Exercises are developed "in country" by the Embassy and host nation; resourced and funded by the Combatant Command. Many of these exercises have been "partnered" lately with the civilian organizations to equip the schools and supplement the building process...most units don't care where the materials come from so the assumption is made that the host nation government purchased the materials. Congress won't allow us to purchase books, desks, etc, so instead of just giving a shell of a building, the NGOs that we have started partnering with (that can’t build the building) fill the void of providing what is illegal for the US Government to provide. The only thing that we can do with IA money (when we get it) is hold it.

Subject Matter Expert Exchanges and Conferences for exchange of information only...NO TRAINING! I can introduce the right people and what they do outside the shadow of the US Government is on them...like these fire trucks. This keeps the US Government out of things if they don't work out. I'll give you a call this afternoon...I'm working this weekend too.

Request From NGBIA Headquarters

From: Jekielek, Krista M MAJ MIL NG NGB ARNG
cc: Wallace, Deirdre L Ms CIV NG NGB ARNG
Grommons, David Mr CTR US NG NGB ARNG
Sent: Wed Mar 17 10:54:09 2010
Subject: Haiti Support (UNCLASSIFIED)
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: FOUO
I am trying to get information regarding the Humanitarian Network and the assistance they can provide to the ARNG in support of the crisis in Haiti. I sat in on your presentation during the SPP conference in Atlanta, where I became aware of your organization and the services they provide. We are currently sending a National Guard unit to Haiti to assist in the crisis response. This unit requires computers, printers and software as they will be assisting with the rebuilding of infrastructure and need the correct programs in order to do this. As you are probably well aware, we are limited on funding, and so is the state.
Is it possible to get the humanitarian network to assist us in procuring this automation equipment? The intent would be to turn the equipment over to the Haitian's once our mission is complete. Please let me know if your organization is a feasible option, and I will talk to our JAG to ensure we are within legal government guidelines. Attached is a list of equipment they are requesting. If you cannot support a request this large, would you be able to provide partial assistance? Thanks in advance.