Native docs donate year-end celebration cash to nonprofit

FRESNO, California (KSEE) – Local doctors help Armenia – a country in dire need of help after a 44-day war.

When the pandemic prevented doctors from doing that Permanent medical group After holding their annual holiday celebrations, they decided to use the money allocated for these gatherings – and some additional donations – to help people in need and send half of it to war-torn Armenia.

“They are mission-oriented, we worked hard in the hospitals despite the COVID, everyone was so busy, but still they still want to do more for the community – my hats to them,” said Dr. Shahzad Jahromi, the chief physician at Kaiser Permanente.

Many of the doctors in the medical group are of Armenian descent and traveled to Armenia from Fresno on the medical mission.

The doctors raised $ 10,000 for the nonprofit Advance Armenia Foundation use for war restoration efforts.

“As representatives of this organization of Armenian origin, we cannot simply react to what is happening there and remember our brothers and sisters in Armenia. That is why we came up with this idea,” said Dr. Garo Khatchikian, the chief medical officer at Kaiser Permanente.

Berj Apkarian, Honorary Councilor of the Republic of Armenia in Fresno, accepted the check today on behalf of the Foundation and praised the generosity.

“DR. Jahromi and the leadership of the Permanente Medical Group deserve tremendous credit for taking the money they normally spend on vacation. The doctors got together and said we want to change people’s lives, that’s this Spirit of the oath they took. “

The Permanent Medical Group also donated another US $ 10,000 Central Sierra Resiliency Fund to help with Creek Fire Recovery projects.