July 23, 2015

KimKaps Ambassadors: Anita

I'm Anita and I work as a nurse anesthetist in a hospital's operating room and surgery center.
I consider myself truly lucky that I get to work with such a genuinely dedicated group of nurses, doctors, and other healthcare personnel.  The cases we see can vary in nature and complexity, but we consistently give 100% every day.
Not every day is easy, but I can always leave work knowing I have done my best to care for the health and well-being of my patients during a time when they needed it the most. The generous gift of KimKaps enables us to express who we are as health care providers and individuals, while adding a little color to the workplace!  Thank you for brightening our day while we continue to care for our patients.

July 19, 2015

Medical Mission: Bolivia

Thank you for your generous gift of caps that were given to the personnel of Clinica Prosalud Cochabamba, the hospital that hosts our surgical group.  This past May, MIMA traveled from Illinois and Florida to Bolivia.  

   With the help of two surgeons, and multiple medical personnel volunteering their time, we performed 52 surgeries in six days to help under served patients.  The recipients of your generous gift were excited and proud to come to work everyday with their beautiful surgical caps.
Thank you again.
Lisa vargas RN

July 6, 2015

KimKaps Ambassador: Caitlin

In May we started our Ambassador program, customers could email their order number during that month and be entered for a chance to win 8 KimKaps in the styles of their choice and in an exclusive fabric that was only for our Ambassadors.
We chose 5 KimKappers for that month and here's what Caitlin had to say about her experience:
As anesthesiologist assistant students we are always on the go from the OR to class and back at it the next day.  We spend our free time studying and preparing for our cases in order to learn how to treat our current and future patients to the best of our ability.  During our time in school and in the OR we can tend to get stuck in a scrub rut of wearing the same ciel blue all the time.  We love our KimKaps because they give us the opportunity to stand out and express our style and personality all while upholding our professional appearances.  KimKaps come in so many cute patterns and a variety of styles that there is something to fit everyone's needs.  We want to thank KimKaps for choosing us as the June ambassadors for their brand and we can't wait to wear them and share them with our classmates!!

June 19, 2015

Kaps for Cancer

 Lisa, an OR manager, sent us an email regarding one of the OR circulators who was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and would be undergoing aggressive chemo and a bilateral mastectomy. Lisa wrote this about Robin:

"Robin has been the clinical heart of our small OR for the past 6 years. This has been a devastating blow to our OR family and we all want to show our support on a daily basis, especially when our brave Robin comes back to work.

Of course we wanted to help Robin's coworkers show their support to her during this trying time, and they selected our HUGS caps with a cute coordinating polka dot band and had Robin's initials embroidered on them as well. 
After receiving the caps Lisa wrote in to tell us:

"We participated in Medline's Pink Glove Dance wearing them today!!! From the bottom of our hearts we appreciate the  hats and the monogramming. Thanks again for helping us show Robin how much we love her!!"

Robin, we wish you the best. What an amazing group of people you have rallying around you!

June 9, 2015

Medical Mission: Philippines

ISMS Team ENT mission to Cavite, Philippines

After a grueling 38 hours journey, leaving JFK in a blizzard, ISMS TEAM ENT arrived in Cavite in the Southern Louzon province of the Philippines. Our team was met with a deluge of giant thyroid tumors and head and neck pathology. Our ENT Head and Neck Surgeons faced some of the largest goiters we had ever seen and we were challenged with many thyroid cancer cases. 
Many of the cases lasted 3-4 hours in length and our team’s stamina was put to the test. While we ran 2 operating rooms with head and neck pathology, our Plastic Surgeon was handling the many cleft lip and palate surgeries that were from the area in and around Manila as well as patients who traveled for several hours from the hurricane leveled city of Tacloban for our help. 

Our team was challenged to the fullest with a 6.5 hour parotid tumor resection and reconstruction that required the skills of all 4 surgeons due to its complexity. 

The people of the Philippines were welcoming and wished our speedy return.

June 8, 2015

Medical Mission: Guatemala

  We've recently had the opportunity to send several Kaps along to Guatemala with Angela, a KimKapper who is traveling with the organization Faith In Practice. She writes:
"It is an honor to join the doctors, nurses, surgical technicians, etc. who give their time and skills for such an amazing opportunity, to bring a better quality of life to someone in need."
 You can follow their service on their blog HERE and for more info on how you can receive a donation of Kaps for your upcoming Medical Mission email us at kim@kimkaps.com

Medical Mission: Mexico

 My name is Heather and I go on an annual mission trip to San Miguel, Mexico where we perform orthopedic surgery for children that  otherwise would not be able to have it done.
Cerebral palsy, club feet, hip dysplasia, and spina bifida are some of the disorders we see. we go for 8 days and operate for 4-5 very full, long days.
Other days are spent in the makeshift clinic. Much of the apparel we take down there, scrubs, shoes, etc. we donate to the hospital staff in Mexico that help organize the trip, feed us, and allow us to stay in their homes.
It's an amazing trip and I loved taking some of your hats for both the mission crew and the local people. The scrub caps were awesome, the Kids First crew loved them and so did the hospital staff from San Miguel.
The Kids First mission trip to San Miguel Mexico was an absolute success! We performed 67 surgeries in 4 days!!

June 5, 2015

Successful Separation of Conjoined Twins in Haiti

  At KimKaps we love donating our fun scrub caps to Medical Missions and we recently had the opportunity to play a small part in an historic procedure which resulted in the successful separation of twins in Haiti. We were contacted by Mimi with a request for color-coded caps that were organized by team to provide efficiency in a hectic situation. The story aired on CBS Evening News and can be found HERE 
We received this photo and an email regarding the trip as well as the broadcast:
 Two weeks ago, an 18-person medical team left CHLA on a medical mission to Haiti. Henri Ford, MD, MHA, vice president, surgeon-in-chief and chair of the Department of Surgery, led an international team of clinicians in a complex, seven-hour surgery to separate conjoined twin girls, Marian and Michelle. Among the caregivers who participated in this historic event, 18 members were from CHLA and Keck Medicine of USC and 12 members were from Haiti.
The surgery was a success and the girls, now just over six months, are progressing through their recovery well. Local media covered the surgery as a source of national pride—an acknowledgment that Haiti is progressing towards full recovery from the earthquake it experienced in 2010 and that it has reached a new milestone in its ability to care for its people. We believe that CBS’ national coverage of this historic effort will highlight the impact of CHLA’s mission on an international scale.

President and Chief Executive Officer
 Mimi also emailed in to say:
"I just wanted to again extend my deepest thanks to KimKaps. The medical mission to separate conjoined twins, Michelle and Marian in Haiti was a great success. The caps truly made a difference, we cannot thank you enough for your generosity and speedy timing!!"

June 3, 2015

Medical Mission: Zimbabwe

 At KimKaps we love to send along cute scrub caps on Medical Missions, these fun caps help add color and a sense of comfort within clinics and hospitals visited on these trips.
We recently partnered with Jennifer, a KimKapper who was preparing to travel to Zimbabwe with 
Operation of Hope
Read more about their recent mission by clicking HERE 
For more info on how you can receive a donation of KimKaps for an upcoming Medical Mission, email us at kim@kimkaps.com with your name, shipping address, and where/when you're going

May 26, 2015

Medical Mission: San Jan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic

 Thank you so much for your donation.  I returned yesterday from a one week medical mission to San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic.  While my team was there, we set up medical clinics in rural villages each day.  The area has a clinic that is used for surgeries performed by visiting medical teams, and minor surgeries performed by the local medical staff.  The nurses there were absolutely delighted to receive your gift of scrub hats to freshen their look and uplift their spirits.
Bless you for your generosity,
Laurie, RN