POINT PLEASANT — Steve Gruendling and his daughter Lacey Gruendling are working with Blanca’s House to help bring quality medical care to Central and South American countries, with the duo most recently returning from a trip to Ecuador.
Blanca’s House is a nonprofit organization that works with medical personnel to provide both preventative and urgent healthcare to patients in outlying communities in South and Central America, according to its website.
Both father and daughter have been on multiple charitable trips, mostly to Ecuador. However, Ms. Gruendling said the organization has roots all over South America and recently has set up a full clinic in Ecuador, where she and her father work.
“[The clinic] does function year-round to help patients that are there and take care of, and to find new patients for us to help,” said Ms. Gruendling.
Mr. Gruendling, who is a nurse practitioner and anesthetist who works locally, was introduced to this organization in 2010 when it was relatively new. Since then, he has been on multiple medical missions to various countries in South America.
He is also the anesthesia coordinator at Blanca’s House. Mr. Gruendling said his job is to staff these missions from an anesthesia standpoint.
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