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In October 2015, MEDRIX Executive Director LaRelle Catherman led a nursing leadership course at National Pediatric Hospital in Vietnam, designed to empower and encourage head nurses of critical departments. Upon course completion, our partners asked MEDRIX project manager Ms. Ha to teach a conversational English course to the same group of nurses who felt that more practice and understanding of English would benefit them greatly for future courses and to help international patients. Ms. Ha agreed and coordinated with Ms. Thuy at National Pediatric Hospital to present a practical course that emphasized active learning instead of lecture.

The course began in December 2015 and concluded in late January 2016. The nurses worked very hard to practice their English and add to their knowledge, and MEDRIX is very encouraged at their results. At the end of the course, the nurses presented specific medical cases in English in front of their colleagues and are very confident in their skills!

MEDRIX would like to thank Ms. Thuy and Ms. Ha for being excellent teachers and mentors, and for supporting this special course. We believe it will be a long-term benefit to the nurses, and thank all of the participants for their passion and dedication to continue practicing and honing their skills as nursing professionals.

Ms. Ha and participants celebrate the completion of the course!

Ms. Ha and participants celebrate the completion of the course!

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When MEDRIX met 16 year old Duc in October 2015, he was an extremely ill boy: it was difficult for him to speak and he was visibly weak and very thin. His mother was very worried about his prognosis of congenital heart defect because he had an aunt with heart issues also, and another aunt […] Read more


    The generosity and support of our donors helps to ensure that MEDRIX is able to continually give back to children and families in Vietnam through our medical and education projects. We wouldn’t be able to do it without you!  With the busy holidays upon us, there are some small and simple ways to help […] Read more

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Because of you, MEDRIX has been able to sponsor five heart surgeries for deserving children and adults in Vietnam–and ALL of them have been successful! Five more families are able to look forward to a happy and healthy future without being held back by heart defects. And recently MEDRIX was able to sponsor a sixth […] Read more


Did you know that it’s never been easier to support MEDRIX? Now you can give back to kids and families in Vietnam, every time you shop! Shopping through AmazonSmile gives you the same online shopping experience that you’re used to–and at the end of your purchase, Amazon donates 0.5% of your total to MEDRIX! It […] Read more

A Note from our Executive Director, LaRelle: Today the world lost a great and humble man, Dr. Lester Sauvage.  Although Dr. Sauvage has not ‘practiced’ for some time, his practice was always kindness and compassion to all of his patients, young and old.  I personally knew him through Seattle Children’s Hospital. I worked as one […] Read more

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An all-inclusive tour and inside look at MEDRIX projects in Vietnam, October 7-23, 2015 Guided through the beautiful country of Vietnam by experienced MEDRIX staff and volunteers, you will visit 4 major cities, including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll get an inside look at MEDRIX projects in Hanoi and Hue, plus a lot of […] Read more

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Wow, thank to all of our donors and supporters for helping MEDRIX support nurses and nursing education in Vietnam during the annual GiveBIG campaign! Thanks to you, we beat our initial goal of $1,000 and raised a grand total of $2,350! On top of that, The Seattle Foundation will be adding some of their own […] Read more

MEDRIX is excited to be participating in the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG event on May 5! This is a one-day online event that hundreds of individuals and businesses throughout the Seattle area participate in to support our local nonprofits. On May 5, your donations to MEDRIX go even further: The Seattle Foundation contributes extra funds that […] Read more

MEDRIX is honored to be able to provide life-saving heart surgery sponsorship for children in need. In 2015, we’re expanding our sponsorship opportunities to include adults who also suffer from congenital heart defects or otherwise need heart surgery in order to live a healthy and productive life. The need is great: many adults who suffer […] Read more