Clayton’s own Joy Guha volunteers and serves with Cusco, Peru Clinic Medical Team
July 21 – 2014 – Clayton, NC – This past June, Joy Guha, daughter of Dr. Wanda Godfrey, family practice provider at FastMed Urgent Care and Family Practice in Garner and Clayton, became a second generation overseas medical volunteer in Cusco, Peru.
Joy, now 19 years old, attended Clayton High School and was a graduate of the class of 2013. She was encouraged by her parents to join Maximo Nivel’s International Volunteer Medical Healthcare Program, a three week volunteer trip to support the local medical need in Peru through International Volunteer HQ. To support Joy’s volunteer work in Cusco, FastMed Urgent Care donated blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, masks, gloves, scrub tops and other medical supplies.
Joy learned that the need for medical practitioners in Cucso is great. During her time in Cusco a government clinic was on strike and was closed, causing even more residents to flood Maximo Nivel’s clinics. Joy worked along-side a team of 40 other volunteers including doctors, nurses and therapists as they traveled to rural communities outside of Cusco and setup 13 clinic stations to see over 200 people per day and provide residents general check-ups and physicals, vaccinations, IV treatment for dehydration and other illness and injury diagnosis and treatment.
“Volunteering in Peru reinforced the values that made me look towards the medical field, specifically infection disease, and a desire to learn about other cultures and their unique challenges,” said Guha. “This opportunity has also heightened my awareness of the global health disparity that makes contributions like FastMed’s so influential.”
Joy is attending NC State University in the fall, with a concentration in biology studies and hopes to pursue a calling in healthcare.
“It is part of our culture at FastMed to give back, contribute and be actively involved in our communities and care about others, and we are proud of the promising future she is shaping for herself in making a difference. I was involved in mission work as part of Methodist Universities Mission activities in Peru in 1994 and know how important this is to molding Joy’s perspectives on servant leadership and to helping those she served” said FastMed Urgent Care’s Founder, CEO and President of the Eastern Region, Jason A. Williams.
Máximo Nivel was founded in Cusco, Peru in 2003, and provides volunteers the opportunity help serve, teach and build Latin American communities by supporting their orphanages, childcare, medical clinics, schools, local businesses, and construction. For more information visit www.maximonivel.com.
The International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) provides safe, responsible and affordable volunteer abroad programs in countries around the world. For more information on the International Volunteer Headquarters, the programs and opportunities available, and how to apply to the program, visit their website at www.volunteerhq.org.
About FastMed Urgent Care:
FastMed Urgent Care is an owner and operator of urgent care facilities with locations throughout North Carolina and Arizona. FastMed focuses on the delivery of non-appointment based medicine to the non-emergency patient market. The urgent care centers are open 365 days a year and are staffed with experienced and licensed physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. FastMed clinics hold The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation in compliance with the Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in ambulatory health care. For more information, please visit www.fastmed.com. FastMed is managed by an affiliated entity of one of the investment funds of the Comvest Group.
About the Comvest Group:
The Comvest Group, with $1.2 billion of assets under management, provides flexible financing solutions to lower middle-market companies through its equity and debt funds, often meeting time-critical and complex funding requirements. The firm includes seasoned, senior level operating executives who partner with managers and owners of companies to operationally improve businesses and create long-term value. Since 2000, Comvest has invested more than $1.5 billion of capital in over 105 public and private companies. For more information, please visit www.comvest.com.
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