Exactech and Surgeon Staff from Walk Strong Foundation Donate Time
and Equipment for Medical Mission Trip
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- (Business Wire)
At a time many Americans devote to counting their blessings, a group of
underprivileged patients in Veracruz, Mexico are thankful to be
regaining the most critical aspects of rural life – their mobility and
In a hospital with a limited history of joint replacement surgeries, 12
patients experienced the spirit of giving firsthand through in-kind
donations from orthopaedic surgeons and staff representing the Walk
Strong Foundation and Gainesville, Fla.-based medical device
manufacturer, Exactech. This was the thirdof 20 planned trips to
the Regional Specialty Hospital of Veracruz over a 10-year period.
“Many medical mission trips are doing great work, but oftentimes they
are a one-time trip,” said Michael J. Christie, MD, orthopaedic surgeon
and co-founder of Walk Strong. “We see many opportunities to elevate the
standard of care and provide continuing benefits to community residents
and medical care providers; our goal is to make a lasting impact.”
Exactech donated its Optetrak® total knee implants and instruments for
the medical mission. Built on a design history spanning more than three
decades, the Optetrak implant system offers comprehensive solutions to
total knee replacement, including special options like constrained
components and stems, which help address complex cases.
“The Veracruz Mission is aligned with Exactech’s global commitment to
medical education and advancing the quality of care to patients around
the world,” said David Petty, president of Exactech. “It’s our core
purpose to help people maintain their activity and independence. We are
proud to be a part of this mission and to extend our purpose by helping
indigent patients in Veracruz.”
In each weeklong trip, the surgical team has been able to perform
anywhere from nine to 22 knee replacement surgeries, present daily
lectures for the hospital staff and residents and conduct patient care
training for the families. Project C.U.R.E., a non-profit organization
that works with recipient partner organizations to donate medical
supplies and equipment to hospitals in more than 120 developing
countries, helped deliver all of the necessary supplies and equipment
for the trip.
“While millions of patients have access to joint replacement and quality
of care, there are many challenges in developing countries,” W. Douglas
Jackson, PhD, JD, president and CEO of Project C.U.R.E. “The Veracruz
mission is really something special, a true team effort to help provide
self-sustained healthcare in an area of Mexico that lacks the quality of
care they need in their community.”
The patients were incredibly grateful for the opportunity to regain
their mobility with their new Optetrak knee. One patient suffered from a
severe varus deformity and found it difficult to take even one step; now
he stands a little taller with pride in his new knee. Another patient is
thankful to get back to selling her homemade tamales as a Mexican street
vendor and performer.
“Every journey begins with a single step. Patients who have joint
replacement surgery know this. Step-by-step, year-by-year, we will make
a life-changing difference in the lives of thousands of people,”
Christie said. “With the help of generous donations from Exactech and
other companies, plus the dedicated volunteers, we are able to make our
first steps in creating a long-term sustainable healthcare system in
The next trip is scheduled for Spring 2013.
About Exactech, Inc.
Based in Gainesville, Fla., Exactech develops and markets orthopaedic
implant devices, related surgical instruments and biologic materials and
services to hospitals and physicians. The company manufactures many of
its orthopaedic devices at its Gainesville facility. Exactech’s
orthopaedic products are used in the restoration of bones and joints
that have deteriorated as a result of injury or diseases such as
arthritis. Exactech markets its products in the United States, in
addition to more than 30 markets in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the
Pacific. Additional information about Exactech, Inc. can be found at http://www.exac.com.
Photos and video of the mission trip are available upon request.
Priscilla Bennett, APR, 352-377-1140
of Marketing Communications and Public Relations
Source: Exactech, Inc.
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