(PORTLAND, OR Feb 19, 2010) Medical Teams International’s 12th team is leaving for Haiti on Saturday, Feb. 20 and Sunday, Feb. 21. They will be joining the 24 other medical and health personnel currently serving in hospitals and mobile clinics throughout the earthquake area. See details about the team below:
Janey Pinneo, RN of Issaquah, Wash. was a member of our 2,000th team to Uganda. This is Janey’s sixth disaster relief team with Medical Teams International, including Uganda, Louisiana for Hurricane Katrina and El Salvador.
Robert Loring, Paramedic of Bradford, Mass., is serving on his second team with Medical Teams International. He formerly served in Sri Lanka.
Fred Hesser, PA of Babb, Mont., is joining his fifth disaster relief team with Medical Teams International. He previously has worked in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Uganda.
Fran Hesser is also a Babb, Mont., resident and wife of Fred. She is serving on her third disaster relief team, previously working with Medical Teams International in Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
Matthew Bouthillier, RN is a resident of Renton, Wash. and an emergency specialist.
Kristin Westfall, RN lives in Covington, Wash. This is her fifth disaster relief team with Medical Teams International. She previously served in Mexico, Columbia, Sri Lanka and Mozambique.
1.Fred Hesser leaves Saturday, Feb. 20 on UA 6337 at 6:35 p.m. at the Spokane, Wash., Airport. If you would like to interview him, please meet him at the United Airlines ticket counter at 5:15 pm.
2.Matthew Bouthillier and Kristin Westfall depart Saturday, Feb. 20 on DL 740 at 9:45 p.m. from the Seattle International Airport. For interviews, please meet them at the Delta Airlines ticket counter at 8:40 p.m.
3.Robert Loring leaves Sunday, Feb. 21 on AA 4602 at 6 a.m. from Boston International Airport. For interviews, please meet him at the American Airlines ticket counter at 4:45 a.m.
4.Janey Pinneo departs Sunday, Feb. 21 on AA 1291 at 9:55 a.m. from Miami International Airport. She will meet press for interviews at the American Airlines ticket counter at 8:30 a.m.
To date, Medical Teams International has treated more than 10,000 people for crushed limbs, wounds and infectious diseases. Medical Teams International has also airlifted and shipped in medicines and supplies valued at $3.5 million.
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Since 1979, Medical Teams International has shipped more than $1.3 billion in antibiotics, surgical kits and lifesaving medicines to care for 45 million people in 100 countries around the world. More than 2,600 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.