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CHRISTUS Medical Team to Depart for Haiti Feb. 20

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Three Registered Nurses with CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital have been chosen to join CHRISTUS Health's Task Force on Haitian Relief.  Melanie Gentry, RN; Molly Hagen, RN; and Karen Carr, RN will be part of a 20-member team and that will bring medical supplies to Port-au-Prince to provide clinical and spiritual care from Feb. 20-27 in partnership with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

The team, comprised of a wide range of clinical specialists from across the CHRISTUS system, includes anesthesiologists, surgeons from a wide range of medical specialties, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Registered Nurses with Operating Room expertise and two spiritual care providers, and will be led by CHRISTUS Health CEO Dr. Thomas Royer, a general surgeon.

The CHRISTUS team will serve at a hospital opened by the University of Miami in Port-au-Prince after the massive Jan. 12 earthquake left the city without a functioning medical institution.  The 240-bed hospital is a four-tent compound at the edge of the Port-au-Prince airport. With four operating rooms, dialysis and X-ray machines, telemedicine capabilities and sleeping accommodations, it has become a beacon of life for the country's critically injured residents.

The team expects to care for approximately 150 – 200 patients per day, performing many procedures currently needed in Haiti, including re-operating, wound debridement (cleaning/removing foreign objects form a wound), care of burns and infections, and many others.  They will travel with supplies for these procedures and medication for their patients as well as meals and water for their use in Haiti.

The team should have internet access while in Haiti, and plan to provide reports as regularly as possible on Dr. Royer's blog, www.wiresidechatwithdrtom.blogspot.com.  Please check there for regular updates.     

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