October 2015 Samarpan Newsletter

Dear Friends of Samarpan:

We have good news for you. By the grace of God and your continued prayers, Alex is healthy and can travel to India to continue Samarpan’s medical mission. Mary and Alex will be leaving for India during the first week of November. This is their 27th medical mission trip to India. Though we started as a small medical clinic in a small village with Samarpan’s unconditional support and God’s provident love, the clinic grew into several humanitarian services such as: vision and dental care, children’s library, clean drinking water program, immunization program, youth soccer program and recently ”Meals on Heel’s”.

Some of the doctors and nurses from the USA have volunteered their services at the Samarpan Clinic. They traveled to India paying all travelling expenses by themselves in order to serve. We see that the needs are great but we can only undertake services that we can effectively manage.

This forth coming mission will focus on advancing “Meals on Heel’s”, diabetic care, blood pressure treatments, eye care, and dental care. We will meet with all Samarpan’s doctors, nurses, and other clinic staff. We are also aware that the meals program has become a much needed service in the village. The beneficiaries are either disabled or family members have abandoned them or they are left without any income. Please continue to pray and support Samarpan so that our trip is successful and safe.

Samarpan’s web-site is refurbished and now it has a modern look. Please check the site as many times as possible and refer to friends. Paul Gordon did a fantastic job rebuilding the web page and maintaining the site. Thank you, Paul. www.UncondionalService.com We will be back from India by Thanksgiving.

Blessings and Gratitude,

Dr. Alex Kodiath and Mary Kodiath

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ELDER CARE Precious Presence – Book by: Dr. Alex Kodiath

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“Ninety percent of the population faces long-term care for their life or the life of a loved one. In Elder Care: Precious Presence, author Dr. Alex Kodiath presents personal, true stories of life in long-term care and reflects on the lessons that can be drawn from these stories.

With almost twenty-five years of experience in social work in the medical field, Kodiath gives guidance on the spiritual nurturing of those in long- term care and discusses the importance of compassion in caregiving. Elder Care: Precious Presence provides the tools for professionals and families to understand the needs of the sick and the elderly and how to answer these basic needs with love and grace. The stories illustrate the concept of the spiritual grace of presence.

Elder Care: Precious Presence provides hope. It demonstrates that the end of a loved one’s life doesn’t have to be a time of fear, confusion, and guilt. It can, instead, be a time of healing, a time of loving, and a time of dignity, acceptance, and peace.”

“The thoughtful nurse. The patient doctor. The family member who sits silently in love. These are the vanguard of compassionate care and a healing presence. In this book, Dr. Alex Kodiath presents vignettes that illustrate the power of spiritual healing simply by being present to the elderly or ailing. No heroics required. Simply being present in love.”

—Roy D. Martinez, Administrator, Heritage Rehabilitation Center, Torrance, California

“In this book of personal experiences and professional reflections, Dr. Alex Kodiath has illustrated what it means for families and health care workers to care with compassion. Once you have read this book, you will understand what it means to truly gift someone with your presence.”

—Marcia S. Weldon, Administrator, AV Healthcare, Antelope Valley, California

“This book is a precious gift to family members who want to remain involved in the care of their loved ones. I recommend this book because, at times, family members don’t know what to do when they visit the nursing home.”

—Joyce Hoover, Admission Coordinator, Escondido Care Center, Escondido, California

If you would like to order a copy of “Elder Care: Precious Presence” please email Dr. Alex Kodiath at: akodiath@gmail.com

February 2014 Newsletter: Alex and Mary’s December Trip to India

Mary and I returned last month from India after a successful humanitarian outreach program of Samarpan in India. Although the trip was tiresome, we felt a special sense of protection because we traveled almost to the other side of the world, 20 hours of a airplane ride, and made it through the crowded streets of India. There had to be a providential power guiding us. Without any struggles or hindrance we are back to our regular work with good health and spirit. We want to thank you very specially for your support and prayers for Samarpan’s projects.

We guess that you would like to know more about the events and projects we addressed during this trip.

1. We planned three special medical clinics while we were in India. We met with three of Samarpan’s doctors and attended their clinics: the general medical clinic, eye clinic, and dental clinic. These clinics are going on with much care and support.

2. The new project was initiated because of the results of our informal study to start a meal program. The study showed the special needs for the vulnerable members of the community. There are many elders in the locality who have no family support or any financial means to have food day by day. Some of the illnesses are due to lack of proper nutrition. We understood that these people not only need medical interventions but also nutritional assistance.

3. Though our staff cannot prepare meals we came up with a simple and at the same time highly nutritious meals without much labor, preparation, and refrigeration: boiled eggs, bread, and bananas. The official meal program was started on January 2, 2014. Both of us and our staff ate the same food with twenty eight people at the clinic. The people who could not come to the clinic had the meals delivered to their homes. These people are basically bed ridden. We will give these meals every Thursday and they will be able to stretch it to use for 3-4 days. It’s unbelievable. There were some of these people that took Mary’s hand and just cried with such gratitude. They have almost nothing to eat and no one to help them.

4. When our diocesan bishop heard about the meal program, he came to our clinic. He thanked us and said that he would like to add some more names to the list of people to be included in the meal program.

5. In front of the clinic there is a community who has to use a steep climb to reach to a common road. During night and rainy days people continue to fall as they climb this steep area. Children and elderly are more vulnerable. Therefore, we decided to fund the repair to this and make the climb secure and permanent for the community.

Please find some enclosed pictures. Thank you again for your unconditional support to Samarpan and happy New Year.

With much gratitude and abundant blessings,

Alex and Mary

Thursday’s Meal Program January 2, 2014:

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After the meal. 85 year old Mrs. Chandrika wants a picture with us:

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Nurse prepares for immunization at Samarpan:

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On January 3, Aleena gave us a visit:

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Family members bring children to Samarpan:

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Road construction began Jan. 6:

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Samarapan Healthcare Workshop – January 2009

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Information for the Obama Transition Team

January 3, 2009

Summary

  1. Every person needs to have a healthcare provider or medical home. Sliding scale can be used to determine what a person should pay. No one should be denied care.
  2. The Federal Healthcare System should be the model of healthcare used. Bring out the best in the Federal Healthcare, Medicare, and the Medicaid Model.
  3. Mental health parity is a necessity for all forms of health coverage.
  4. Community clinics could provide basic healthcare needs and be wellness centers.
  5. There should be a mandate for pharmaceutical companies to provide medication for compassionate use and there can be incentives for these companies when they provide this.
  6. Pharmaceutical companies should have transparent research results. There should be a Federal Formulary and limited direct-to-consumer marketing.
  7. There needs to be litigation regulation for malpractice lawsuits and limitation for compensation.
  8. There needs to be medical ethical teams to determine viability of life. Heroic measures should be reviewed by medical ethical teams.
  9. Goodwill or probono providers should be encouraged and   incentives offered if there is a certain percentage of free care given. Patients should not be allowed to sue providers, except for cases of negligence. If a patient accuses the provider of negligence, then it should be up to the patient to prove the negligence.
  10. Incentives should be offered for patients who stay healthy, such as a point system that could be traded for cost benefit or decrease charges.
  11. Incentives should be given to businesses who provide healthcare, such as tax rebates, money reimbursement.
  12. The cost savings of providing all people with healthcare will exceed the expense as long as there are incentives to remain healthy, and for providers, hospitals, companies to prevent abuse. Incentives should be given at all levels of care to provide an effective healthcare system with wellness and prevention as a priority.