By Andrew J. Tonn
COLUMBUS–Dr. Roman Schnitzer, Minister of Health for the State of Transcarpathia, Ukraine and Dr. Ivan Malesh, Administrator of Beregova City Hospital in Transcarpathia visited the US for several weeks as guests of SARA on a medical fact-finding mission.Drs. Schnitzer (a general surgeon) and Malesh (a neurologist) came to see advanced medical practices, make contacts and form relationship within the American medical community. During their Ohio sojourn they visited a broad spectrum of medical and health care facilities ranging from the OSU Medical Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic to Brown Memorial Hospital in Conneaut, Ohio and four levels of nursing homes and hospice care facilities.
“My hope,” commented SARA Founder and Executive Director Stephen Szilagyi, “Is that our visitors will be able to create the type of health care we have here in the US back in Ukraine. As well, by forming personal relationships, diagnostic exchanges and medical advice partnerships with American doctors they can get help diagnosing problems via e-mail within a day at most.