Operation Airway Fund
The Operation Airway Fund at Massachusetts Eye and Ear (the “Fund”) will support necessary expenses associated with medical missions, as well as compassionate care for patients from within or outside of the United States who require airway reconstruction or other highly specialized ENT surgical services. Expenses supported by the Fund may include, without limitation, costs associated with physician, resident and staff participation in medical missions, equipment required in connection with medical missions, surgical supplies, and other necessary expenses. The current focus of the Fund is on medical missions to Ecuador to provide airway reconstruction for trach-dependent pediatric patients, which are being planned collaboratively between Mass. Eye and Ear and Mass. General. However, the Fund may also be used for medical missions focusing on other highly specialized ENT surgical services or for medical missions to other countries.
Expenditures from the Fund may be made at the direction of Dr. Chris Hartnick or his successor, with the approval of the Chief of Otolaryngology. In planning medical missions, Dr. Hartnick may seek input from an advisory committee made up of up to five (5) individuals selected by him. In the event that Dr. Hartnick retires or is no longer employed by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates, the Chief of Otolaryngology will designate another Mass. Eye and Ear physician to direct the use of the Fund. In the event that the original purpose of the Fund becomes impractical or impossible, the Fund may be used in the discretion of the Chief of Otolaryngology to advance clinical care, research or teaching activities at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.