“To improve the health of the world’s children through quality medical intervention, mentoring with local medical colleagues and infrastructure development”.
The PPW Foundation is a non-profit, charitable effort founded in 1995 by the Association for Healthcare Resources and Material Management. PPW is a 501C-3 charitable foundation as determined by the IRS, contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by current IRS regulations.
The roots of the Project Perfect World began with a tragic accident. Bob Simpson lost his son, Bobbie, to a drunk driver in August 1989. To honor Bobbie’s memory, the Simpson family traveled to an underprivileged area in Ecuador in November 1989 to refurbish a medical clinic. Each year the family returned to provide support to these communities in need.
In 1995 Bob Simpson was elected President of AHRMM, a section of the American Hospital Association, and asked members to open their hearts and adopt the mission of helping children worldwide!
“Sometimes when I see how many children need help, I am saddened because I know it is impossible to care for them all. But then I look into the eyes of the many we can help, and I realize that it’s better to touch those we can than none at all.”
Providing orthopedic surgery for children worldwide
The Project Perfect World Foundation (PPW) provides health care needs to children in under-served areas around the world. For over 20 years PPW has organized at least 2 trips a year; performing orthopedic and spinal surgery on children who would otherwise not receive the much-needed specialty medical care. We work with a highly skilled group of health care volunteers who donate their time and talents to serving the children.
The vision of PPW is to develop close, long-term professional relationships with local hospital staff empowering them to provide quality medical care and orthopedic services.
PPW has a long-term, working relationship with Roberto Gilbert Hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Returning to Ecuador consistently has allowed PPW to develop a strong spine and general orthopedics program, and train Ecuadorian surgeons in the latest surgical techniques.
While the orthopedic staff in Ecuador is excellent, they lack equipment, supplies, and educational material. By providing needed materials and education PPW is able to ensure that local staff can provide the children of Ecuador with the best of care.
In addition, PPW works with Ecuadorian medical students. These students serve as translators and are given opportunities to get early experience working in pediatric surgery and patient care.
MEET OUR TEAM
Board of Directors
- Douglas Beck, President
- Open, Vice President
- Julie Pence, Treasurer
- Dr. Richard M, Schwend, Medical Director
- Dr. Matthew Schmitz, Director
- CaroLyn Meriwether, Secretary
- Dr. John Sanders, Director
- Dr. Steve Santora, Director
- Dr. Fay Jou, Director
- Candace Crawford, Director
- Mark Crawford, Director
- Erik Tiven, Director