Academy of Professional Excellence

The Academy of Professional Excellence was inaugurated in February of 2017 in partnership with Yo Quiero Ser. This has become the center of training for many areas. It houses CAMO’s AHA training and Nursing protocol courses. The School of Nursing started using the facility in March of 2018 We also have partnered with the poor rural elementary schools to provide the computer room to ten schools which each use the facility two hours per week

Emergency Cardiovascular Care (CPR, ACLS, PALS AND NALS)

Dr. Nathalie Munguía, Engineer Yesmi Girón
Monica Coventry (AHA) & Theresa Engles (AHA)

CAMO is the only National Registry of the American Heart Association for training and education of basic and advanced life support training in Honduras. Prior to CAMO’s involvement, medical staff in Honduras were not educated in basic CPR. CAMO regularly offers training to Honduran health professionals. CAMO also has partnered with  UNITEC and the  Catholic Universities in Honduras to assist in the training of the students in AHA certification.  Medical professionals report having saved at least one life due to this training.

IMPACT: More than 491 medical professionals are trained per year. Countless lives are saved from improved response.

Respiratory Care

Lic. Norma Puerto, Dr. Lillian Romero
Tim Larson, RT; Monica Coventry, RN; Theresa Engles; Pat Haslage; Susan Shetter

Before the arrival of the first donated ventilators, premature infants in the Santa Rosa hospital perished. In 1993, pediatrician Dr. Raul Alvarado requested an infant ventilator and incubator for the 1-bed NICU of the Santa Rosa hospital, but tragically Dr. Alvarado died in a car accident two days before the equipment arrived. In his memory and with the help of Dr. Lillian Romero, the NICU now has 20 incubators and 7 ventilators, and every nurse has received neonatal advanced life support training. CAMO continues to maintain the equipment and provide continuing respiratory education and supplies for those who care for at-risk patients.

To date, there is a ventilator in every ward of the Santa Rosa de Copán hospital. As a result of this technology and the long-standing counterpart relationship, people continue to receive the gift of life.

IMPACT: More than 299 services are provided per year. Every year more than 130 lives are saved thanks to mechanical ventilators and the training of the use and patient management.

Nursing Protocols

Lic. Norma Puerto Pacheco, Kenia Calderon, Leticia Sanchez Bardales, Haide Hernandez
Aultman School of Nursing Canton, Ohio

Since CAMO’s inception, medical professionals from the USA and Honduras have witnessed the inconsistency of the quality of nursing care. This is not because the local nurses do not care, but the quality of the initial training combined with the lack of standardization within continuing education results in inconsistency. With the approval of the Honduras Ministry of Health, CAMO initiated a nationwide Nurses Continuing Education Program to assist in standardizing the quality of nursing care.  Special thanks to the SG Foundation and Aultman College of Nursing for their assistance in making this possible.

IMPACT: 120 members of the nursing staff are trained in standard nursing protocols. 14 nurses every month are being trained. Nursing protocol manual was written in Spanish.