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by Larissa MV Teresi MS CCP Perfusion Without Borders (PWOB) is thrilled to announce Hannah Reichert of Emmetsburg as the 2015 Student Mission Trip Scholarship winner. Perfusionists, a unique niche in the healthcare profession, are responsible for assuming the function of the heart and lungs during open-heart surgeries to meet the physiological and metabolic demands of the patient while allowing the surgeon to operate in a blood-free field. Hannah will be traveling to Macedonia in February and March with the Novick Cardiac Alliance Team to operate primarily on pediatric patients with congenital heart defects. Hannah had a powerful impact on the PWOB committee, who were impressed with her global perspective on perfusion and believed she would be a worthy recipient of the scholarship. "I am truly touched by your confidence in my abilities, and with the support of this scholarship I will be able to further pursue my passion for the development and sustainability of global cardiac surgery programs abroad," Hannah elated at the news of her selection. Hannah's professionalism, work ethic and eagerness to serve made her a top candidate in the largest pool of applicants PWOB has ever had for the scholarship. Hannah shared that she is "eager to utilize my perfusion skills, expand my clinical knowledge in a unique OR setting, [and] contribute to alleviating global heart disease." Ms. Reichert is no stranger to international mission trips. Four years ago she served as a medic intern in Kenya, where she experienced firsthand the massive discrepancies between first and third world medical care. She remembers, "Throughout [the] sobering experience, I learned that connecting with patients is a vital component in healing and to respect the various backgrounds and cultures that influence ones' healthcare choices." Hannah graduated with Magna Cum Laude Honors in Health Sciences from Drake University and has worked as a Clinical Trial Research Coordinator while pursuing her perfusion education at the University of Iowa Carver School of Medicine. Her program director, Thomas Rath, fully supported his senior student, "I am confident in her ability to be a true asset to any team traveling abroad... [she] is a team player and not afraid of hard work." In true character of supporting rural healthcare communities, Hannah has has accepted a cardiovascular perfusionist position at Trinity Health in Minot, North Dakota following her graduation this spring. Hannah is a 2009 graduate of Emmetsburg High School. She is the daughter of Trish and Walt Reichert of Emmetsburg.

 
 

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