LaTorra Larsen Medical Foundation
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Genesis, Methodology, and Services
The LaTorra-Larsen Medical Foundation was founded by Dr. Albert LaTorra, D.O. and Dr. Wilhelm Larsen, M.D., two South Florida physicians who saw a critical and humanitarian need in American's own "backyard" and went after it like two eager, energetic, and idealistic college graduates. The foundation is dedicated to vastly improving the impoverished and archaic medical systems and services of Haiti, as well as establishing modern medical facilities and services where none exist. According to Dr. LaTorra, "Haiti is in a medical time warp; they are 35 years behind most countries in not having the type and scope of medical equipment that can simply save lives and our foundation is doing something about that."
In 2007, the foundation secured several million dollars in used and donated hospital equipment, including MRIs, CT scanners, and laser technologies from U.S. hospitals and arranged for their shipment to Haiti. "Since U.S. hospitals are on the cutting edge of medical technologies," according to Dr. Larsen, "they have a plethora of used equipment yearly that can be well-used in Haiti. Our mission is to take this equipment off their hands and get it to the people of Haiti." "Most significantly," according to Dr. LaTorra, "we have built a strong relationship with the Haitian government and medical leaders to make sure that donated equipment and supplies reach their targeted destinations and end results are achieved."
But LaTorra and Larsen are not stopping with donated equipment. They have increased the foundation's mission to include essential medicines, vaccines, infant formulas, wound care and surgical supplies, infant and adult nutritional products, and beds donated by respective U.S. companies who share their vision of helping their neighbors reach life-altering levels and standards that should be afforded to all the people of the most impoverished country in the Western Hemisphere.
Undertaking what no person or entity has ever done before, the foundation is committed to building and staffing medical clinics throughout the island nation where none exist. "The majority of Haitian children suffer from severe malnutrition and the mainstream of adults and children alike have no resources for the basics of medical care and treatment," Dr. Larsen exclaims. Because of this notorious fact, the foundation is committed to even building a medical school in the country where physicians, nurses, and medical staff can be trained and remain in Haiti to save lives and uplift the lives of the country's people who suffer from a collective depression that can be altered through proper and decent medical care-giving.
The foundation also sees many positive ancillary projects that will be affected by its medical commitments and efforts. Teaming with the principals from BluePrint Hope and The Placencia Group, Dr. LaTorra and Dr. Larsen are expanding the foundation's focus to include the country of Belize. Utilizing The Placencia Medical Center as a platform for its initiatives, the foundation will be able to reach Belize's neighboring countries to deliver much needed medical equipment and supplies through the charitable donations of its supporters and strategic partners latorra-larsen.org.