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Using HealthRays technology, physicians in urban medical centers are able to access digital X-ray images from small, regional clinics serving needy populations in Guatemala, providing diagnosis and treatment options.
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NEW Valuable Assets for HealthRays

HR BuildingHR Office Door SignEarlier this year, the District 6440 HealthRays project became the proud recipient of a new official address and office space, which has been donated for our use as long as we need it by a generous HealthRays supporter and Rotarian. The office is in a central location of district 6440, which is a tremendous asset and convenience to the many committee members that live throughout the district.

The HealthRays project letterhead, business cards, e-Newsletters and News Alerts now all include the official office address: 1845 E. Rand Rd. Suite 109, Arlington Heights, IL 60004. This new office provides valuable space for storing, processing and organizing the growing number of materials necessary for the HealthRays project that is approximately one-third of the way to completion in Guatemala thanks to the growing number of contributors and supporters!


The District 6440 HealthRays® Project has been notified by The Rotary Foundation that its ninth clinic installation of a digital x-ray system has been approved.  The new installation will be in the Nahualá clinic in Sololá, Guatemala, which is on the highway leading from Ciudad de Guatemala to Quetzaltenango. The unit will serve a population of 188,500 people in that area!

The HealthRays Project was begun in 2011 with the request of 29 units by the Guatemalan Ministry of Health.  We are providing digital x-ray diagnostic to a population who has never had this access before.  Previously, patients have had to travel to a regional hospital, sometimes many hours or days away, to obtain an x-ray.  Our project is changing the face of care for the very poor in Guatemala.  Thank you to all of the clubs in our district who are supporting this very important project!

HealthRays is Among Success Stories Cited by Rotary International President John Germ During Global Gathering

Rotarians who attended the opening of this year's Rotary International Convention in Atlanta Sunday, June 11, heard Rotary International President John Germ highlight projects that exemplify "Rotary Serving Humanity." HealthRays was one of the projects President Germ highlighted, by sharing the experience he and his wife, Judy, had last fall when attending the dedication of a digital x-ray machine in Guatemala. The following link includes the approximately 2-minute portion of his welcome address that was related to the HealthRays project. The segment begins at 6:08 minutes into the video and ends at 8:10 minutes:


Although President Germ did not mention the District 6440 HealthRays project by name or the specific location of Villa Canales, the story he shared and the photos shown were from the inauguration ceremony at the Villa Canales clinic, which the Germs attended last September.

Rotary International President John Germ's recognition of how HealthRays is a prime example of "Rotary Serving Humanity" at this year's Opening Ceremony -- coupled with his reference to HealthRays in the June 2017 issue of The Rotarian magazine -- sends a strong message about how we are impacting lives and making a difference in Guatemala. It has been estimated that the installation in Villa Canales alone will benefit 158,000 Guatemalans!

Thanks to President Germ for this wonderful recognition and support of HealthRays!