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    A Tribute to Fr. Ted

    Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh C.S.C. in his Hesburgh Library officeAndean Health & Development is honoring the life of our co-founder, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh who died Thursday night, February 26, at the age of 97. He will remain in our hearts forever, and his legacy will live on through Hesburgh Hospital in Santo Domingo, Ecuador.

    Fr. John Jenkins remembered Fr. Hesburgh at the memorial.

    Please watch the video below at minute 9:28 to hear Fr. Jenkins’ beautiful mention of David Gaus and Andean Health & Development.

    Recent articles in the press on Fr. Ted’s life:
    – New York Times
    – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    – NPR
    Washington Post
    – ABC 57 News (with interviews with ND’s student club, the Hesburgh Heroes)
    1982 “60 Minutes: The Extraordinary Life of Father Hesburgh”
    NPR Interview with Fr. Hesburgh in 1990

    More information about Fr. Ted’s life can be found on Notre Dame’s website.

    Thank you to all our supporters who are helping realize Fr. Hesburgh’s legacy.

    Donate to AHD

    Fr. Ted was co-founder of Andean Health and Chair of Andean Health’s Board. You can read Fr. Ted’s bio here.



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    Dr. Gaus on the Madison News

    On June 16th Dr. David Gaus appeared on the local Madison 27 news at 5. He shared lots of information with viewers including Andean Health and Development’s mission and Hesburgh Hospitals opening.

    Check out Dr. Gaus’ appearance here!

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    Training Program Launched with Ministry of Health

    AHD/Saludesa launched the Ministry of Health (MOH) residency program on January 13th! The MOH of Ecuador had asked us to help train their non-residency trained physicians in Family Medicine. In partnership with the Catholic University of Ecuador, we are training 100 of the 800 physicians being trained across the country.  AHD educates doctors using medical simulation technology and with a curriculum designed in partnership with JUMP Simulation in Peoria, IL and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

    The photos below are from the first two weeks of orientation.  All of the teachers you see are graduates from our own program, and more have joined us since then.  Doctors are trained on our new Hesburgh Hospital campus in Santo Domingo in the newly constructed Ronald McDonald House Training Center. This is a big moment for Ecuador: right now there are 20,000 doctors in the country, but only 4,000 are residency trained. AHD is raising the standard.


    Brand New Ronald McDonald House Charities Training Center


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    Honoring Dr. Watts Webb

    It is with pleasure that we have an opportunity here to honor Dr. Watts Webb, who is a friend of Andean Health and in whose honor AHD has received donations for the Hesburgh Hospital in Santo Domingo, Ecuador.  Many medical students and residents for decades have been under the tutelage of this legendary surgeon, one of the pioneers in transplant surgeries, and an inspiring mentor

    Dr. Webb was born in Columbia, Kentucky and then later grew up in Mississippi where he graduated from Ole Miss with a degree in English.   He received his M.D. Degree from Johns Hopkins Medical School in Maryland at the onset of World War II.  After completing four years in the army as staff surgeon at VA hospitals and surgical residency at Barnes Hospital of St. Louis, Missouri, he served in various academic appointments with professorships in University of Mississippi, UT Southwestern, Syracuse, Tulane, LSU, and surgical chairmanships at Syracuse and Tulane.

    Dr. Webb is married to his high school sweetheart, Frances Cooke, and recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.  They have raised four sons and now have six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  One of his hobbies includes waterskiing, at which he is still an active participant.  The Webbs enjoy traveling, ballroom dancing, and hosting friends and families.  Many students and residents can remember special times at the Webbs’ home where Mrs. Webb hosted monthly dinners for them.

    Dr. Webb is world renowned for his work in cardiac thoracic research and for his surgical expertise.  His work includes 440 abstracts, 12 authored and coauthored surgical books, and 10 surgical movies.  But closer to home, those who have been privileged to be his medical students and residents have treasured times with him in the operating rooms and rounds.

    Dr. David Gaus shares that he has learned not only “bedside manner, cardiac physiology, chest tube placements, extubation criteria, and much more” from him, but most importantly, “how to be a gentleman.”  Dr. Gaus recalls that Dr. Webb regularly danced with his wife and imparted life wisdom, “The couple that dances together, stays together!” Not only is he a mentor, but he is also a father in the medical community.

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    Welcome, New Board Members

    We are honored to have four enormously talented individuals join the AHD Advisory Board.

    John Burchett, Washington, DC

    John Burchett is the Director of Public Policy for US States, Latin America and Canada for Google.  He is responsible for Google’s state and local government affairs in the United States, Canada and Latin America.  He is based in Google’s Washington, DC office.  Prior to joining Google in 2007, he was Chief of Staff to Governor Jennifer Granholm where he acted as the Chief Operating Officer for the State of Michigan.  He has also served Governor Granholm as Director of Michigan’s Washington, DC Office, and as the Deputy Director of her Transition Team in 2002.

    Mr. Burchett, a Michigan native, has lived in Washington for most of the last 15 years.  He was a White House Fellow in 1997 – 98, a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, an Assistant Management Officer for the DC Control Board, and a management consultant, specializing in state and local government, business planning and business process reengineering.

    Before moving to Washington in 1997, Mr. Burchett was an Assistant Wayne County Corporation Counsel.  At Wayne County he focused on real estate and economic development projects for the County.  He was heavily involved in the negotiations and development of the two new stadiums in downtown Detroit.  Before joining Wayne County in 1994, Mr. Burchett was a real estate lawyer for Little Caesars Enterprises, and for Honigman Miller Schwarz and Cohn.  He also was a law clerk to the Hon. Cornelia Kennedy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

    Burchett received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

    Richard J. Daly, Chicago, IL

    Rich has over 20 years of commercial pharmaceutical experience working in positions of progressive responsibility in sales, marketing and operations.  Rich is a founding partner and board member of SagePath Partners LLC a commercial outsourcing provider to the pharmaceutical industry.  During his recent tenure at Takeda Pharmaceuticals he served as Executive Vice President with P&L responsibility for businesses across the U.S., Canada, and Central/South America.  Earlier in his career, he served in the sales organizations at Merrell-Dow Pharmaceuticals (now part of Sanofi) and TAP Pharmaceuticals (formerly a division of Abbott Labs) and in sales, marketing, operations and senior leadership positions at TAP and Takeda.

    With expertise in sales, marketing, R&D/Commercial integration, business development and operations management, Rich has served in key roles in establishing start-ups, building high growth businesses, and in successfully leading turnarounds.  He has deep experience in leading the commercial launch efforts of major products in a multitude of therapeutic areas including cancer, cardiovascular, diabetes, gout and gastrointestinal.

    Rich holds a BS in Microbiology from The University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

    In addition to his work with Andean Health & Development, Rich also serves as a volunteer board member for Face to Face Fine Art Commemorative Expressions, Inc., as a Mentor for University of Notre Dame Science and Business Entrepreneurship Council and as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Pharmaceutical Executive Magazine.

    Rich lives with his wife Susan and their two sons in Lake Forest, Illinois.

    Carlos del Salto, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Carlos del Salto has served on the Board of VWR International, LLC since September 2007 and currently is a member of the Audit Committee. Carlos retired from Baxter Healthcare Corporation in March 2006 where he was the Senior Vice President responsible for Baxter’s Intercontinental and Asia-Pacific operations. He had been with Baxter Healthcare Corporation’s since 1973, and he held numerous positions including President of Baxter Healthcare Corporation’s Renal Business, President of Latin America/Switzerland/Austria and General Manager of Mexico.

    He serves on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Unity of Florida, a non-profit organization focusing on empowering Hispanics and other members of the community to become self-sufficient and lead productive lives. Carlos also serves as a President and Founder of the “Natividad de los Andes” Foundation in Ecuador South America, a non-profit organization that provides free education in computer science to children from low income families. He holds a bachelor of accounting degree from Juan de Velasco College in Ecuador. In addition, he received his master of finance degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

    Mike Flores, Chicago, IL

    Mike Flores heads up Worldwide Development for McDonald’s Corporation, supporting the development and execution of new restaurant growth plans and the strategic management of the enterprise portfolio.  In his prior role, Mike served as the Vice President of Global Strategy Alignment, supporting the strategic planning and global alignment agenda of the President-COO and senior management team.  Other prior roles include Vice President of Strategy & Planning for the Company’s U.S. business unit, Vice President and General Manager of the Company’s Pittsburgh Region and a progression of financial and operations positions.

    In his 28 years with the McDonald’s system, Mike has worked closely with franchisees, suppliers, all corporate functions and key external stakeholders.  Prior to joining McDonald’s, Mike was a CPA at Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young) in Chicago, IL.

    Mike is a 1983 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Accountancy and a CPA.  He has completed post graduate executive education at the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago, and has taught executive business strategy at The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.  He serves as Vice Chair on the board of CURE Network (Collaborative Underserved Relief and Education Network) and a member of the board of Chicago Youth Guidance.  He has also served on the boards of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Urban League and Urban League Charter School.  Mike is a Fellow with Leadership Greater Chicago.

    Mike lives in the Chicago area with his wife Kate.  His sons Jack and Bobby attend the University of Notre Dame and his daughter Bridget lives and works in Kansas City, MO.


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