ELMHURST – Elmhurst Hospital recently was honored for its medical mission in 2017 to provide care for Syrian refugees in Lebanon with the receipt of the Syrian American Medical Society Midwest Chapter's Humanitarian Partnership Award at the chapter's 14th annual fundraising gala March 10 at the Westin Lombard, 70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard.
Elmhurst Hospital’s Dr. Madhavi Ryali, the recipient of the society's Leadership Award, coordinated and raised funds for the mission, which resulted in a team of about a dozen doctors, nurses and other caregivers from Elmhurst and Edward hospitals volunteering for the week-long April 2017 trip, according to an Edward-Elmhurst Health news release.
The team ultimately grew to 25 people, including medical professionals affiliated with other hospitals in the Chicago area, Philadelphia and the United Kingdom, the release stated. Specialties represented included internal medicine, general surgery, urology, oncology, cardiology, gastroenterology, vascular surgery and nephrology, according to the release.
The mission, one of several sponsored each year by the Syrian American Medical Society, included visits to Beirut, Tripoli and the Bekaa Valley to treat patients in hospitals, clinics and small and large refugee camps, the release stated. The medical team met with more than 1,500 patients and performed about 200 surgeries and dozens of diagnostic procedures, according to the release.