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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.

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