Local Rotary Clubs and Hospitals Host Physicians From Hong Kong and Mongolia

The Brunswick Rotary Club, Brunswick Coastal Rotary Club, Damariscotta/Newcastle Rotary, and Miles Memorial and Mid Coast Hospital, hosted a Group Study Exchange (GSE) team of medical professionals visiting from Hong Kong and Mongolia for the week of April 25, 2011.

Rotarian host families opened their homes and treated their visitors to tours of area attractions throughout the Mid-coast region, including visits to the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, shopping at L.L. Bean, and obligatory lobster dinners at favorite local restaurants.

"It was truly a pleasure to meet with the GSE team members and to give them a glimpse of the life we enjoy here in Mid-coast Maine," said Susan Chadima, President of the Brunswick Rotary Club. "We also enjoyed having an opportunity to work closely with our friends in the Brunswick Coastal and Damariscotta/Newcastle clubs, a great group of service-minded people."

The GSE members' vocational interests in healthcare in Maine and the United States were addressed during two days of meetings and tours of Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick and Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta. One-on-one visits with their clinical counterparts at the two hospitals gave the GSE visitors opportunities to observe surgical procedures and to witness delivery of care to patients by Primary Care providers and Acupuncture offices, as well as Medical/Surgical and Intensive Care Units.

Appreciative of their experience in Maine, GSE Team Leader, Dr. Vito Lee from Hong Kong said, "Thank you very much for your meticulous arrangements in our vocational visits, especially the one-on-one meetings. All of our members found it impressive."

"We were greatly honored to host our GSE colleagues and to have an opportunity to exchange information on the latest advances in healthcare in our two countries," said Lois Skillings, Executive Vice President at Mid Coast Hospital. "We learned much from each other, and we are grateful to our local Rotary Clubs for partnering with us on this event."

The Group Study Exchange program began in the 1960's by Rotary International and has served Rotarians of various vocations from around the world with a forum to promote international good will and understanding, and to help promote the Rotarian ideal of "Service Above Self."