International Hospital For Children

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Issues: International

Location: 7201 Glen Forest Drive Ste 304 Richmond VA 23226 USA

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International Hospital for Children is a nonprofit humanitarian organization linking worldwide pediatric surgical, diagnostic and preventative resources to heal critically ill children in developing countries. IHC also helps build indigenous health care capacity - saving kid’s lives now and transforming pediatric health outcomes for years to come.

 

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

The International Hospital for Children is a well-run, efficient organization that makes a tangible difference in children’s lives on a daily basis. The organization’s aims are two-fold. IHC brings children to Richmond for critical care treatment that they cannot receive in their home country due to economic or technological reasons. IHC staff and volunteers also spend a lot of time with the families, working hard to ensure their comfort and security in the new environment and also to provide activities for the children in their free time. Last week, for example, the families in Richmond were able to enjoy a soccer game hosting the Richmond Kickers against the Guatemalan national champions. In addition to bringing children to Richmond, IHC sends a number of specialized mission trips each year to six nations in Latin America and the Caribbean. On these surgical mission trips, doctors collaborate with local surgeons and facilities, thus raising the level of health care in hospitals and local communities. With the help of partner NGOs in the region and clinics operated during the surgical mission trips, children in need of more critical care are identified to come to Richmond. As an intern at IHC, I have seen the staff’s dedication and steadfast pursuit of these goals, and am confident that IHC will not only make a difference in hundreds of children’s lives in the near future, but will continue to do so for many years to come.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the smiles on children's faces; the displays of sincere gratitude and appreciation the families in Richmond express on a daily basis.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

strive to continue the immense progress that has been made with the current leadership.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to witness firsthand the significant improvements in children's health coupled with background knowledge of the organization and the behind-the-scenes work it does to be able to bring children to Richmond and send surgical mission teams.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely dedicated and enthusiastic about the organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand the scope of its programs in Richmond and abroad; reach out to improve the lives of even more children!

Ways to make it better...

I were able to work more hours!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial. IHC is only able to reach out to as many children as it does with the generous assistance of donors and sponsors, and this help is essential for IHC to continue to improve children's lives into the future.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the bastion for IHC's success comes from the extreme dedication and sedulous work of the staff.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

The famous lines of Margaret Mead- “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has”- are often quoted to inspire individuals to work for the betterment of society. Never, however, have I observed such strong evidence of the veracity of this quotation as in the International Hospital for Children. The professional staff of ten, with the help of volunteers, is able to coordinate hundreds of life altering surgeries for disadvantaged children in the Latin American and Caribbean regions. Additionally, IHC works to build sustainable programs within these regions, giving countries the infrastructure necessary to meet the health care needs of their populations independently. I have personally witnessed these changes while serving as an intern at IHC. I have taken patients to their surgeries in Richmond and watched, as they have evolved from shy children to gregarious and friendly young people with a brand new outlook on life. IHC gives these children a chance at a normal life, something they could only dream of before. In furthering the mission of providing all children across the globe with access to critical health care, IHC serves as a testament to the fact that a small, motivated group of people can initiate big changes in the world.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the smiles on the faces of the families and the children, receiving care in Richmond.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do exactly what's already being done.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

witnessing the concrete effects of the office's work on the lives of the children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

motivated, kind, dedicated, and truly determined to make a difference.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help thousands more children and expand programs to other countries.

Ways to make it better...

I had more opportunities to interact with the children before they returned home.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising the funds necessary to achieve goals and expand programs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is a wonderful organization that fulfills an often overlooked set of needs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

What a fantastic organization! All year long they send surgical missions to their six partner countries (Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Dominican Republic, Guyana, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines). During these missions, they not only perform surgeries, but they also teach local medical professionals so that the local doctors can make a difference in their countries. From these surgical missions, they encounter children who need very complicated surgeries that cannot be sustained by the local infrastructure. So, those children come to Richmond! The children really are at the heart of this small, but very powerful organization. Everyone works very hard to ensure that the visiting families feel as comfortable as possible in Richmond and that their surgeries go smoothly.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the children who return home happier and healthier than before they came to Richmond.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

feel very proud of my staff and the work they do.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to know the visiting families on a personal level. They're so grateful for IHC's help!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very passionate about their role in the organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create even more relationships in Latin America and the Caribbean and help more children.

Ways to make it better...

I could have started earlier!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

ensuring their donor base can sustain them long-term.

One thing I'd also say is that...

you should visit their website www.healachild.org. And check out the auction!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Rating: 5 stars  

18 people found this review helpful

IHC is a small organization with large accomplishments. The staff of about ten professionals are innovative and genuine in coordinating the medical treatment of children in Latin, Central America, and The Caribbean. Children unable to recieve treatment at home are brought to Richmond, where they are made to feel at home. Volunteers and interns facilitate social and educational activities that promote IHC families' holistic well-being. This organization is committed to empowering families and communities, and does so with passion and efficiency. IHC is a permanent, sustainable solution to the health disparities in developing countries.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the numerous children who can now live normal, happy lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope that I was blessed with such an amazing staff.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning from the families and children and feeling like a part of the global community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptionally motivated and committed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

extend services to children in Haiti.

Ways to make it better...

there were more resources for social/recreational activities.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding-given the current economic situation.

One thing I'd also say is that...

donating food/gift cards is a great way to contribute to this cause. Nutritious food is key to a quick recovery. As is providing families with some of their favorite, ethnic foods.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

21 people found this review helpful

This organisation is stunning. Bringing together a highly motivated, highly-qualified staff team working from tightly managed budgets with expert volunteer medical teams to provide critical pediatric care to kids while building local capacity in key countries. Leveraging donor dollars with volunteered medical resources, the International Hospital for Children's awesome team delivers phenomenal care from the donated dollars. Pragmatic, human, committed. A tremendous philanthropic investment.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the kids being helped in country, in the United States and through telemedicine.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Resign and let the current leadership team run it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The personal, pragmatic approach. Great relationships with the children AND the donors.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fun, smart, committed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It doesn't need it. With 5 million it can do so much. Help them get to 5 million.

Ways to make it better...

They had greater resources for additional programs.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The economic downturn. Don't let it hinder them.

One thing I'd also say is that...

They are truly, deeply committed to those children.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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