Dr. Yeneneh Betru
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His Past…His Vision
Dr. Yeneneh Betru, born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, immigrated to the United States in 1982 with the dream of becoming a physician. His goal was a result of a promise he made to his grandmother to cure her of all that ailed an old woman. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and conducted his residency at LAC-USC Medical Center, and later became Director of Medical Affairs for IPC-The Hospitalist Company. His pioneering work helped train hundreds of physicians around the country in a new practice of medicine referred to as Hospitalist care. In June 1998, when his grandmother became ill, Dr. Betru flew to Ethiopia to aide her doctors. Due to a lack of equipment and supplies she passed away under his watch. “With poor facilities and absent equipment, the sick have little chance at survival”, he often said. With a sense of responsibility, Dr. Betru vowed to help enhance the condition of medical facilities in Ethiopia, and began the process of creating a Kidney Dialysis Clinic in Addis Ababa. In present day Ethiopia, given the lack of kidney dialysis machines, persons with kidney failure have little to no chance of survival. Investing his own time and money, Dr. Betru acquired half a dozen dialysis machines, solutions, and supplies. It was while Dr. Betru was working with the Ethiopian government to designate the proper location for the clinic, that the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001 ended his dream on American Airlines Flight 77. It is a chilling irony that a man who was dedicated to enhancing human life was taken away by one of history’s worst acts of disregard for human life.
Our Dream…Our Mission
Although Dr. Betru’s vision was simple, it proved to be impossible within his lifetime. With the assistance of IPC-The Hospitalist Company, Consultants For Lung Disease, Salud Foundation, Operation USA, the Ethiopian government and countless others, his vision will become a reality. It was Dr. Betru that began the journey to help those less fortunate in Ethiopia, but it will be those whose lives he touched that shall complete the journey. His vision and our dream is to continue the creation of the Kidney Dialysis Clinic in Ethiopia. The most powerful response to the horrible acts that took Dr. Betru’s life, is to create a chance for a better life in his honor.
Please help to make the vision of one man the dream of many.
Make checks payable to the Salud Foundation**
Mail to: IPC – The Hospitalist Company (Dr. Yeneneh Betru)
4605 Lankershim Blvd. Suite 617
North Hollywood, CA 91602
For more information call Beverly Lassanske at 818-753-6480
**A receipt will be sent acknowledging your tax-deductible contribution