Entries by Amy Hammond

MISSION REPORT: Washington, D.C.—A Year In Review

Since its founding by Dr. Carlos Álvarez Leiva in 1981, SAMU has embraced opportunities for growth. What began with emergency medical services expanded to include a school, nursing facilities, homes for unaccompanied minors, and more. Carlos González de Escalada remembers his early days with the organization. “When I first arrived to SAMU, my team was […]

A Culture of Recognition

In January 2023, 3.9 million employees resigned from their jobs in the United States. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, that’s actually a decrease in employee loss over the previous 14 months. Each month since November of 2021, the U.S. job market has suffered the loss of more than 4 million voluntary separations […]

The Power of Trust

Trust is foundational to what non-profit organizations do. It matters in every aspect of operations, beginning with the interpersonal relationships required when building teams. Simon Sinek, author of Leaders Eat Last, writes, “A team is not a group of people who work together. It is a group of people who trust each other.”  Employees need […]

SAMU’s Response to the migrant crisis in the Canary Islands

The recent migrant crisis in the Canary Islands, has once again tested SAMU Foundation’s capacity to act fast and with determination towards an emergency. As a result, SAMU has been able to set up and running four centers for unaccompanied minors. The centers, located in Telde, Farabella, Roque Nublo and Tamanaco (Puerto Rico), all part […]

SAMU’s response to the arrival of immigrants to Spanish coasts

SAMU Foundation is one of the main global operators in health, emergency and social services with have over 70 work centers in various autonomous communities in Spain and in four other countries, including our offices in Washington, DC. These include residences for highly dependent persons, residences for the elderly, day care centers, a mental health […]

Lessons from SAMU’s Mission to El Salvador 2020

After a humanitarian cooperation mission, in many occasions the return to routine comes faster than one can process the experience. But all the memories, experiences and lessons remain in the conscience waiting to be understood. Twenty days after their return, five of the professionals who traveled to San Salvador for SAMU’s 28 day humanitarian assistance […]

Mental health during Covid-19: The voice at the other end of the call.

A team of 12 psychologists from SAMU are providing specializes services to patients and families in our emergency center temporarily located in the Hotel Alcora (Seville) and the Residencia de Tiempo Libre El Burgo de la Línea de la Concepción (Cádiz). These professionals are also supporting SAMU personnel that are currently working on the frontlines of […]