SYRIAN AMERICAN MEDICAL SOCIETY FOUNDATION

Restoring Health. Rebuilding Lives.

aka SAMS Foundation   |   Washington, DC   |  http://sams-usa.net/

Mission

SAMS is a global medical relief organization that is working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria and beyond to save lives and alleviate suffering. SAMS proudly provides dignified medical care to every patient in need. Our mission is dedicated to delivering life-saving services, revitalizing health systems during crisis, and promoting medical education via a network of humanitarians in Syria, the US, and beyond. Our vision is to strengthen the future of Syria’s healthcare, delivering dignified medical relief where needed, fortified by a dedicated medical community.

Ruling year info

2007

SAMS Foundation Chairman

Dr. Basel Termanini

Main address

1012 14th Street NW Suite 1500

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

16-1717058

NTEE code info

Hospitals and Primary Medical Care Facilities (E20)

Vocational Technical (B30)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

When the conflict in Syria erupted in 2011, SAMS expanded its capacity significantly to meet the growing needs and challenges of the medical crisis. SAMS has since supported healthcare throughout Syria, sponsoring field hospitals and ambulances, training and paying the salaries of Syrian medical personnel risking their lives to save others, and sending lifesaving humanitarian aid and medical equipment to where it is needed most. SAMS also supports Syrian refugees in neighboring countries with critical psycho-social support, medical care, physical therapy programs, and more. Since 2011, SAMS has delivered more than 20 million medical services and $207 million in humanitarian relief to vulnerable populations in Syria, neighboring countries and beyond.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Various Primary and Specialty Health Care centers

SAMS works to serve the medical needs of patients in need, regardless of religious background, race, ethnicity, or political affiliation. SAMS mainly operates in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Greece and Turkey. Inside Syria, SAMS provides medical care and relief delivery, providing more than 190,000 services per month free of charge to every patient in need. SAMS also works with partners to deliver humanitarian aid to populations impacted by conflict, displacement and other crises.

Between 2011 and 2020, SAMS delivered more than 20 million medical services and $207 million in humanitarian aid in Syria, neighboring countries and beyond.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Extremely poor people
Internally displaced people
Refugees and displaced people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SAMS is a global medical relief organization that is working on the frontlines of crisis relief in Syria and beyond to save lives and alleviate suffering. SAMS proudly provides dignified medical care to every patient in need.

OUR MISSION…
is dedicated to delivering life-saving services, revitalizing health systems during crisis, and promoting medical education via a network of humanitarians in Syria, the US, and beyond.

OUR VISION…
is to strengthen the future of Syria’s healthcare, delivering dignified medical relief where needed, fortified by a dedicated medical community.

SERVING WITH COMPASSION
We serve those in need with compassion, kindness, and dignity, regardless of background or religious affiliations. Our purpose is to ensure that no one is left untreated in the face of crisis.

ACTING NOW
We act promptly, effectively, and efficiently to respond. to crises whether in Syria, in neighboring countries, in the US, or beyond, while pursuing excellence in care.

LEVERAGING PARTNERSHIPS
We believe in the power of partnering with other like-minded organizations to support our cause and best serve populations in need. We leverage partnerships for sustainable and long-lasting impact to ensure that the most vulnerable are able to access dignified care.

MOBILIZING
We face challenges head-on thanks to our extensive network of members and medical professionals in the U.S. and abroad. We work together to come up with innovative solutions to effectively deliver medical services to those caught in conflict, and to advocate in support of their needs before the international community.

The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) was founded in 1998 in the United States as a professional society to provide networking, educational, cultural, and professional services to medical professionals of Syrian descent. SAMS Foundation, the charitable arm of SAMS, was launched in 2007.

Since then, SAMS has become one of the most active and leading medical relief organizations working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria, neighboring countries, and beyond. SAMS has since implemented an integrated model of essential services that emphasizes priority needs, including the delivery of medical education, training, and financial support for physicians and other healthcare workers inside Syria and in neighboring countries. SAMS has established field hospitals, intensive care units, dental and primary care clinics, birth and newborn care facilities, mobile medical units, and dialysis centers.

Additionally, SAMS has provided mental health and psychosocial support as well as organized specialized medical missions to Syria’s neighboring countries and beyond. SAMS provides all its programs with the necessary medications, medical devices, supplies, and instruments through procurement and distribution of gifts in kind (GIK). In 2017, SAMS launched its SAMS Community Outreach (SCO) to bring free, quality health care to vulnerable communities in the United States.

Since 2011, SAMS has delivered more than 20 million medical services and $207 million in humanitarian relief.

1- SAMS accomplished emergency care provision for trauma, acute medical needs and treatments for chronic diseases, and provided life savings services like critical care and dialysis.
2- SAMS also was able to include medication management in its mental health care program inside Syria and for refugees.
3- By supporting health care providers with salaries and medical expertise of a pool of physicians in the US through tele-medicine, SAMS assured that they stay in the conflict areas and have access to advice from capable colleagues.
4- SAMS initiated training institution for allied health workers and improved its rapid humanitarian needs assessment and implements quick impact projects with local NGOs
5- SAMS strived to secure safe facilities that provided protection to the beneficiaries and staff from shellings. many facilities are fortified, underground or in "cave like" structures.
6- SAMS was successful in capacity building. Our overseas staff reached 140, and 30 in the US
What SAMS is still working on to establish:
1- Make all facilities safe facilities
2- Implement an advanced electronic health information system and electronic patients medical records system
3- Prepare for rebuilding the health care system post conflict
4- Invest more in medical education for students, allied health workers and those in post graduation training. Develop accredited programs.
5- Expand telemedicine access geographically and include additional medical specialties

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SYRIAN AMERICAN MEDICAL SOCIETY FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 6/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Basel Termanini

Syrian American Medical Society Foundation

Term: 2021 - 2021

Maher Azzouz

Syrian American Medical Society Foundation

Mufaddal Hamadeh

Syrian American Medical Society Foundation

Tarek Zetoune

Syrian American Medical Society Foundation

Basel Termanini

Syrian American Medical Society Foundation

Abdulfatah Elshaar

Syrian American Medical Society Foundation

Jihad Alharash

Syrian American Medical Society Foundation

Ammar Ghanem

Syrian American Medical Society Foundation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes