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Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., deeply moved by efforts in Haiti

January 24, 2010

By Jennifer Browning

After landing at the Opa-locka Executive Airport, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., said he was impressed by the work of Dr. Barth Green, Project Medishare and the Global Institute.

“I am so impressed by the work of Barth Green and his team. In no time, the Miller School of Medicine, with Project Medishare and the Global Institute, were able to create an urgent care center that was invaluable to the people of Port-au-Prince,” Dean Goldschmidt said.

Among the first foreign doctors into Haiti after Tuesday’s earthquake, Dr. Barth Green, Project Medishare co-founder, is now helping coordinate international medical relief, and overseeing a new field hospital that was set up on vacant land in the northwest corner of Port-au-Prince’s international airport.

Allowing the team on the ground to operate more efficiently, the new hospital houses a medical staff of 100 and two operating rooms. The hospital is formed out of four tents that retired Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning arranged to have donated by a party-planning company. Project Medishare/UM Global Institute’s medical team is assisting more than 300 patients at this new facility.

Mourning who volunteered with Project Medishare/UM Global Institute doctors three days after the quake, returned to Haiti Monday with ESPN analyst Desmond Howard, and Philadelphia Sixers’ Samuel Dalembert. The three are volunteered their time to assist Project Medishare at the new hospital location. Dalembert is the NBA’s only Haitian-born player. Mourning is encouraging fans, friends and teammates to support Project Medishare.

UM Global Institute in partnership with Project Medishare is working closely with the Haitian Ministry of Health, the United Nations, and the U.S. Army to organize all medical teams on the ground and implement a plan to set up field hospitals and triage centers around the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Our organization is uniquely positioned to provide disaster relief services in Haiti because of the staff experience, language skills and relationships developed over many years working in this impoverished country.

Click here to read more from the Miller School of Medicine’s weekly e-News.

UM’s Dr. Fournier chronicles example of trauma team’s life saving work

January 24, 2010

By Jennifer Browning

Five days after the earthquake, a search and rescue team brought an infant six to eight weeks old to Project Medishare/UM Global Institute’s trauma team who was stationed at UN Headquarters at the time. Covered in dust and unconscious, she  was found under a pile of rubble five days after the earthquake and she was clinging to life.

The young child had survived the earthquake for five days without water or her mother’s milk. Her pulse was low and she suffered a depressed skull fracture and a flail chest.

A Project Medishare/UM Global Institute pediatrician and neonatal nurse started an I.V. fluid which helped raise the baby’s heart rate….soon the young girl began to move and open her eyes.

But the baby was having trouble breathing due to her chest injury and because these were the early stages of rescue and relief after the 7.0 earthquake, the child needed to be taken to a Prenatal Intensive Care Unit for life-saving treatment.

Project Medishare Co-founder and UM Miller School of Medicine’s Dr. Arthur Fournier working with the team knew the team had a plane on the runway.

It was leaving in 15 minutes.

Read about how the Project Medishare/UM Global Institute trauma team worked  to treat this baby girl and how in a matter of minutes managed to save her life.

Dr. Fournier’s story is a tale of hero’s and angels in working in Haiti. In the article, the doctor compares the child’s experience and life to Haiti herself.

“This child is Haiti, I realize — the microcosm that reflects the macrocosm. Easily given up for dead, she came back. So will Haiti.”

Read the full story by Dr. Fournier in today’ s The Miami Herald.

CLICK HERE to support Project Medishare/UM Global Institute in our medical relief efforts in Haiti.  Your donation will go toward purchasing necessary medical equipment and will help fund transportation to get doctors and nurses to Haiti.

Senate passes tax break bill for Haitian relief

January 21, 2010

By Jennifer Browning

A bill allowing earthquake relief donations in 2010 deductible on 2009 income taxes cleared Congress today, passing in the Senate on a voice vote.

Donations must be made by the end of February. Normally, the Internal Revenue Service requires charitable donations to be made by Dec. 31 to be claimed on that year’s tax forms.

The House of Representatives  unanimously passed H.R. 4462 yesterday, which includes a provision allowing those who text messaged a donation the ability to use a phone bill as proof of donation.

To make your 2009 tax-deductible donation to UM Global Institute’s combined efforts relief efforts in Haiti, click here.

Email: Dr. Green saved my mother and her team in Haiti

January 21, 2010

By Jennifer Browning

If you had not heard of Project Medishare/UM Global Institute before the earthquake in Haiti, perhaps you are now hearing about the work both organizations are doing on the ground from news reports or here on the blog.

We received this email today sharing what Dr. Barth Green and Project Medishare/UM Global Institute medical trauma teams did for Kathy Rice Schmitt’s mother and her eye care mission team. Nancy Smith and her team were trapped and eventually rescued from a collapsed building. The email shows that this earthquake that hit a tiny neighboring country like Haiti, has also hit closer to home.

“My mother was in Haiti with an eye care mission team from Dallas and was trapped in a collapsed building with five members of her team. Three of them were seriously injured; one ultimately did not survive her internal injuries.

Dr. Green encountered their team in a makeshift hospital on the Wednesday night/Thursday morning after the quake, and took great measures to ensure that my mom (Nancy Rice, who had suspected back or pelvic injuries that prevented her from walking or boarding a plane), and her injured teammates were evacuated to Miami on a private plane that delivered a team of Florida doctors to Haiti.

Of our team of 12, we have 3 with injuries that are currently healing. We lost Jean Arnwine, who had severe internal injuries and died during surgery on Friday after being evacuated to Guadaloupe. Nancy Rice has extensive crush wounds but no broken bones/internal injuries or permanent physical damage; Dr. Gary Fish has a fractured sternum; Karen Gardner was buried in rubble for 5 hours and has many wounds and may lose the use of her left arm.

Our heartfelt thanks and gratitude forever go to Dr. Green. This man is an angel and a blessing for the work he does with the wonderful people of Haiti, and we will never be able to repay him for what he did to save Nancy and the Dallas team.

Kathy Rice Schmitt

(daughter of Nancy Rice, Haiti earthquake survivor thanks to Dr. Green!)”

To donate to UM Global Institute/Project Medishare’s relief efforts on the ground click here.

Haitian American doctors and nurses working with UM Global Institute in Haiti

January 21, 2010

Members from the Haitian American Nurses Association were briefed about the situation on the ground in Port-au-Prince shortly after their arrival this evening. HANA sent 30 volunteer nurses to work with Project Medishare/UM Global Institute.

By Jennifer Browning

As part of an ongoing partnership with the Haitian American medical community, 30 nurses from the Haitian American Nursing Association (HANA) arrived this evening to assist Project Medishare/UM Global Institute doctors.

Shortly after their arrival, the nursing team was briefed about the situation on the ground. They will be working out of a makeshift hospital which houses 100 medical staff and two operating rooms. The hospital is formed out of two tents that retired Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning arranged to have donated by a party-planning company. Project Medishare/UM Global Institute is treating more than 300 patients at that facility.

HANA nurses will be staying to work with the Project Medishare/UM Global Institute team for varying lengths of time and continue to volunteer on a rotating schedule. Haitian American doctors from all over the United States (Florida, New Jersey, New York, etc) have contacted Project Medishare/UM Global Institute, and some are already working with our team in Port-au-Prince.

Medical volunteers wishing to donate their time and join Project Medishare/UM Global Institute’s relief plan in Haiti should email their name, address, phone number, email, language/medical skills, and availability to haitivolunteers@med.miami.edu.

To support Project Medishare/UM Global Institute in their relief efforts click here to donate to the Project Medishare Earthquake Relief Fund. Know that your donation will be used immediately in our efforts to provide medical relief services to earthquake victims in Haiti today, and for many months to come. Project Medishare has been in Haiti since 1994 and will be here long after the cameras have gone home. We appreciate all the support to help us get the people of Haiti through this tragic time.

Global Institute at UM receives support from Walgreens

January 15, 2010

By Jennifer Browning

Walgreens is providing non-perishable food, water and medical supplies to the University of Miami Global Institute for Community Health and Development who is partnered with Project Medishare in Haiti, Inc. which have set up clinics and triage units on the streets of Port-au-Prince.

Walgreens stores in the Miami area are also taking donations for local Red Cross relief efforts on the ground in Port-au-Prince.

Read more here.

Save Haiti Saturday launched by Global Institute and Project Medishare supporters

January 15, 2010

By Jennifer Browning

In a grand effort to assist the disaster ridden country of Haiti, Project Medishare and The Global Institute of Miami supporters are currently creating a website encouraging restaurants, clubs, bars, etc. across the United States to get on board with “Save Haiti Saturday.” Save Haiti Saturday is a national service day to benefit Project Medishare’s relief efforts, taking place this Saturday, January 16.

Each business will be donating a portion of their proceeds from the evening whether it be their door cover charges, a percentage of the food intake, etc. The final decision as to how much each individual venue
chooses to donate will be up to them.

Celebrities are already on board, joining Project Medishare and their partners like The Global Institute to endorse “Save Haiti Saturday” as well—Maya Angelou, Lenny Kravitz, Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Seacrest, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Freeney, Terrell Owens, Sammy Dalembert (from Haiti), Alonzo Mourning, Evan Ross, David Lee, Romero Brito, Anthony Shriver, and Landon Donovan among others have all supported the cause.

Different types of people from all walks of life are banding together to help Haiti in their desperate time of need.

Check out the Save Haiti Saturday website and encourage your community to join in and help Haiti.

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