(HAITI Jan 19, 2010) Medical Teams International volunteer doctors and nurses are performing orthopedic surgeries and treating hundreds of people each day at the 350-bed Kings Hospital, just outside Port-au-Prince.
Three doctors, two nurses and an emergency logistician leave on Wed., Jan. 20 to join the six doctors and three nurses already in Haiti. Doctors leaving tomorrow include: Marie Angele Theard (Oregon Anesthesiology Group), Steve Boyer (Oregon Emergency Physicians) and Bob Gibson (Portland physician). Nurses are Carol Caudle (Willamette Falls Hospital, OR) and Kris Repp, (self-employed emergency RN, Renton, WA.) Dr. Theard was born in Haiti but lives and practices in Portland.
The team leaving on Wed. will fly to Port-au-Prince on a private jet supplied by TEC Equipment Inc., who owns VOLVO and MACK truck dealerships on the West Coast. Dave Thompson, TEC Equipment Inc.'s president, made the decision to donate the flight after his employees and VOLVO and MACK Trucks North America donated the funds to pay for the fuel.
One of the volunteers leaving on Wed. is Andrew Davidson, president and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospital and Health Systems (OAHHS). Davidson is an expert in health logistics and operations in diverse health care delivery settings. In addition, OAHHS, and its counterpart the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA), has committed to raise more than $560,000 in cash and medicines to help Medical Teams International respond to the Haiti crisis.
People can give an automatic $10 gift by texting HOPE to 253-83; on-line at www.medicalteams.org, calling 1-800-959-4325; or mailing a gift to P.O. Box 10, Portland, OR 97207.
Since 1979, Medical Teams International has shipped more than 1.3 billion in antibiotics, surgical kits and lifesaving medicines to care for 35 million people in 100 countries around the world. More than 2000 volunteers meet the needs of people worldwide each year. Donations can be made by calling (503) 624.1000 or by logging on to www.medicalteams.org.