In The News: Summit’s Honduras Health Initiative

At Summit Orthopedics, we support a global definition of community service. This month, the January issue of Saint Paul Magazine showcases the Holy Family Surgery Center in Honduras, founded by Summit physician Dr. Peter Daly.

Dr. Peter Daly has valued service from the time he was a child in Burnsville. His belief in the importance of humanitarian service influenced his personal and professional goals, and prompted his family to volunteer at a Honduran orphanage established by Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos. During that trip, the Dalys struck up a friendship with a young Honduran medical student named Merlin Antunez. Their friendship would have far-reaching consequences.

In 2008, with the support of Summit Orthopedics and after raising $500,000 in seed money, the Dalys opened a 5,000-square-foot surgery center at the orphanage. Since the Holy Family Surgery Center was founded, one-third of the Summit physicians, as well as other staff, have volunteered at the center. Summit Orthopedics has also overseen the shipping of medical supplies to the center, and has equipped the center with a fluoroscopy machine to provide imaging during surgeries.

The January 2016 issue of Saint Paul Magazine explains how the friendship between Daly and Antunez—and the Dalys’ experiences in Honduras—inspired Daly to work with Summit to transform a dream of a global health initiative into a medical reality.

Half of the surgeries performed at Holy Family Surgery Center are in orthopedic specialties, but the center offers surgical services for ear, nose and throat, general, gynecology, ophthalmology, and urology. To date, Holy Family Surgery Center has provided 12,000 consultations and 1,700 surgeries to orphans and other community residents. The young medical student befriended by the Dalys in 2003 completed his training and now serves as the center’s medical director. The Dalys travel to Honduras regularly, and Summit Orthopedics continues to send medical volunteers to the center to provide consultations, conduct surgeries, and give lectures to support better health for Hondurans.

To read the full story in Saint Paul Magazine, go to http://saintpaulmag.com/physician-runs-surgery-center-assist-underserved-honduras.

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