A Full Clinic Team in Place

Another brief update – but more pictures!

Three more staff came in today: Orna Hananel, MD, from Kaiser Permanente San Rafael, Josh Weil, MD – from Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa, and a third logestician from Relief International. One more doctor tomorrow and a paramedic the following day.

Now with a full team we can set up a full clinic rather than help in the clinics of others as we have done.  We are headed for Carrefour, the epicenter of the earthquake.  Most relief efforts are centered in Port au Prince, but we’ve heard that much of the population is headed out to the rural areas.  Part of today included a trip to Carrefour.  Everything is worse there than in Port au Prince. I expect to lose all communication except satellite phone for several days.

We have a good number of medical supplies on hand, thanks to Kaiser Permanente, but also have a large shipment coming in tomorrow – enough with which to run a small hospital! It’s funny the things that make me happy in moments like this.  Perhaps not so strange if I consider that the whole drive for the effort is to care for people and this shipment just made our job a lot easier.

We have enough for the obvious trauma and infections we are expecting up front, but it’s not easy to get many of the things in this shipment around here – malaria testing kits, an autoclave, PEP kits, birthing kits, adequate materials and tools to care for small infants, a broader spectrum of medications for tropical illnesses, etc.  Nice to know we can care for almost anything that comes our way.

Thank you! Someone have a mocha for me. 😉

Update from Hernando Garzon, MD, January 19, 2010

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10 responses to “A Full Clinic Team in Place

  1. Having a mocha for you now. Thanks for all that you are doing there. It makes me proud to work for Kaiser Permanente.

    Julie Hardin
    Leasdership Development, MAPMG

  2. I just got word that you folks are OK after the aftershock . . . I’m sure it’s re-traumatizing for your patients . . . hang in there, thinking of you.

  3. paula hunsicker

    Glad everyone is ok after the last aftershock. Please take care of yourselves over there. Thinking and praying for all!
    Paula

  4. Katrina Smith

    God Bless you for going to Haiti to help out. I will continue to pray for the Haitian people as well as all of those trying to hlep. You do Kaiser proud. Take care and stay safe.

  5. Shawn Blakely

    My mind reels at the staggering complexity of the problems facing the Haitian people and you, the Kaiser team, as you do what you can to help. Still, the journey of a thousand miles must begin with one step. Wish I could overnight that Mocha, and so much more, to you. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. You are a brave and strong group of Kaiser representatives. You make us all proud to work for this organization. Bless you and the people of Haiti.

  7. you guys are awesome! thank you for all your hard work!

  8. Olga Hernandez

    Thank you so much for all that you do. People like you make the world a better place.

  9. You make us proud to be at Kaiser… wish I could buy you and every Haitian a mocha.

    Keep putting up photos too — it helps to put faces to all of the craziness.

  10. I am proud to be a part of the Kaiser family and for the hard work you are doing for such a ravaged and devastating country. My prayers to you all and the people of Haiti.

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