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work of a laboratory technician. She did a similar program for
x-ray, bringing in a digital x-ray processor from Spain, receiving
training on it herself, and then using that training to train lay
staff. Thanks to her perseverance and vision, the Hospital De La
Fraternidad in Chinguetti now has not only a robust medical and
surgical consultation service, but also a large number of ancillary
services that are available for patients, who before would have to
drive hours to find them.
Dr. Beattie's work is recognized in the country. In 2017
Dr. Beattie was called down to the capital city to be awarded
Mauritania's highest presidential honor. She has received many
official visits to her hospital, and has received much favor from
both the local and national government. In Mauritania there is
a proverb that says, " One hand can't clap, " meaning that people
must work together to get anything accomplished. Dr. Beattie
has found that to be true in her work in Mauritania.
Dr. Beattie currently serves as the director of the Hospital
De La Fraternidad, the only hospital in the town of Chinguetti.
She was appointed to this position five years ago due to her
noticeable leadership abilities. She has a vision for the hospital
to be a thriving community hospital providing an excellent level
of quality care at affordable prices close to home. She continues
to work to advance the hospital so that her patients can find
care in their region, without traveling 7 hours to the capital city.
She is in the process of building a large operating room suite,
powered by solar electricity. She also has plans to install both a
mammogram and CT scanner in 2021. The patients who receive
treatment have to pay nationally set fees for service, but they
receive a quality care hard to find in many other institutions. Dr.
Beattie has brought the hospital from being fully dependent on
international donations to being self-sustaining with donations
used to support capital investment projects.
Dr. Beattie realizes that the need in Mauritania is large, and
she is just one person. Dr. Beattie has accepted the position as
being hospital director of a second NGO hospital 2 hours' drive
away from Chinguetti. She realizes that the skills and experience
she has gained during her years directing the Hospital De La
Fraternidad can help other similar institutions in rural areas. But
Dr. Beattie's capacity to manage multiple healthcare facilities has
its limits. Thus, the reason Dr. Beattie and her colleagues have
worked together to form a training program for Mauritanian
doctors. This training program will start in 2021 and will work
to promote the excellence and quality care that Dr. Beattie works
hard to ensure, and bring in concepts of healthcare management
so that young medical graduates can be excellent clinicians and
managers of rural healthcare facilities.

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Due to COVID-19, Dr. Beattie has been in the United
States since April of this year. She has been volunteering at York
Hospital in medical student and resident education. She has
been using her free time managing her two hospitals from afar,
as well as seeking ways to advance the work in Mauritania, even
while she is an ocean away. The operating room suite that she
has been building should be finished in January 2021 but is in
need of equipment, like laparoscopy and endoscopy. She was
generously donated a laparoscopic setup thanks to Dr. Vasudevan
Tiruchelvam (Dr. Tiru), President of The York County Medical
Foundation, Inc. Dr. Tiru is planning a trip with other doctors
from York to go to Mauritania next October to support Dr.
Beattie in her work.
I asked Dr. Beattie what she does in her free time. She stated
she enjoys learning new languages, exercising, reading and visiting
people.

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