Ogdensburg, NY- For the third year, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center’s Dr. Kiri Brandy and physician assistant Joan Caruso are participating in a mission trip to the Dominican Republic with students from the Clarkson University Physician Assistant Program. The trip takes them to a batey, which is a settlement near a sugar cane field. These settlements house many people that work long, hard hours, many of whom have diabetes and other untreated maladies. During the week-long trip, the group will convert a school house into a medical clinic with 6 exam rooms and a pharmacy. They will provide care to approximately 60 patients per day in this poor community that lacks access to care.
In addition to providing medical expertise, Dr. Brandy and Mrs. Caruso take with them a large quantity of unused medical supplies donated by Claxton-Hepburn. “This trip is a great experience for us all to see how different medical care is in an underserved area,” explained Dr. Brandy. Physician Assistant students also get experience in an operating room when they accompany Dr. Brandy to the local hospital.
The photo shows Dr. Kiri Brandy, left, and Joan Caruso, PA-C with some of the local children during their trip to the Dominican Republic.