A group of twelve health care providers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and its hospital partner, the Nebraska Medical Center, are in Haiti to help with the earthquake tragedy. The group left over the weekend. Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes is the Dean of the College of Public Help and he hopes they will make a difference.
“I feel honored to be able to go to Haiti and feel that I am simply a tool for all the people who are unable to go but have contributed.”
Dr. David Young is the associate professor of surgery at UNMC and he doesn’t think anyone can ever be prepared for anything like this. He is very pleased with the number of people who volunteered for the trip.
“People all over the Medical Center responded with their heart and that is the best expression of who we are as professionals at UNMC.”
Jessica Foulk is a nurse at The Med Center and is also making the trip.
“I know that I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of this opportunity with the first group of the Med Center. We are just hooping that we can provide some help and care to those people there in any way that they need.”
The group will be gone for one week. They are joining Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ruben Pamies, who is a native of Haiti.
The volunteers include two trauma surgeons, an orthopedic trauma surgeon, an adult anesthesiologist, a pediatric anesthesiologist and nurses with various specialties.
Planning is in the works for two additional missions to Haiti.