Please join Rachel Belt, volunteer coordinator at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare, for a cocktail hour at the Rubin Museum of Art to discuss the program and meet fellow volunteers in the New York Area! Taking place on Friday, June 3rd 2011 from 6pm-9pm, Rubin Museum of Art is located at 150 West 17th Street, New York, New York.
Archive for May, 2011
Haitian President Michel Martelly Visits Hospital Bernard Mevs & Cuts Ribbon at CT Scanner Dedication Ceremony
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Bernard Mevs, Dr. Barth Green, Haiti, Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare, Port-au-Prince, President Michel Martelly, Project Medishare, Wyclef, Yéle Haiti on May 23, 2011| 5 Comments »
As you may recall from a past post, Yéle Haiti generously donated a grant to Project Medishare for Haiti, Inc. in support of the purchase of a 16-slice CT Scanner with its own trailer and generator power source this past July. The unit arrived on April 1st, 2011 at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare. We were honored to have Haitian President Michel Martelly, First Lady Sophia Martelly, Wyclef Jean and many more attend the exciting ribbon cutting ceremony this past Friday, May 20, 2011.
The CT scanner will help treat the five major preventable causes of death in Haiti, which are: trauma, heart attack, stroke, maternal emergencies and burns. The scanner is connected to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and this will assist in providing near instantaneous reading of the scans. This desperately needed technology will be integrated into Project Medishare’s training and education program for Haitian healthcare workers. The Yéle Haiti donated CT Scanner at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare is the only 16-slice scanner available publicly in all of Haiti.
Receiving this CT Scanner and housing it at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare has many benefits. The staff will be able to treat patients much faster as there will no longer be a need to transfer anyone for scans. If a patient has had an aneurysm, the CT Scanner will show the size of it and if it is operable. Dr. Bill Crenshaw and Dean Lee donated IV Contrast that will show vessels during the scans. With IV contrast, the hospital will be able to assess the aorta and pulmonary arteries. Using IV contrast in patients being scanned will allow the hospital to get oncology imaging as well as imaging of patients with trauma and acute abdominal pain.
The day of the CT Scanner ribbon cutting ceremony was an exceptionally exciting Friday at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare. In the morning, a tour of the hospital was given to President Michel Martelly, First Lady Sophia Martelly and Wyclef Jean. During the tour of the premises, they took time to greet and speak to patients and met with hospital staff. Following the tour, the group viewed the CT Scanner and ceremoniously cut the ribbon that was emblazoned with the Project Medishare and Yéle Haiti logos (provided by Metro Signs, Inc.). President Martelly spoke to the crowd and kindly expressed his thanks to Project Medishare for the continued healthcare work being done in Haiti.
Project Medishare would like to extend a very special thank you to:
Wyclef Jean & Yéle Haiti for donating this incredible & important gift.
President Michel Martelly & First Lady Sophia Martelly for attending.
Metro Signs, Inc. for donating the lettering, signage & ribbon.
Jason Miller is the in-country Rehabilitation Director for Project Medishare. He travels throughout Haiti to the clinics for the amputee program that are put on in remote locations whenever there is an opportunity to do so. Jason explains that, through a local contact, they are able to set up the site and dates of clinics and he helps coordinate the patients. On one particular trip, they brought a doctor to handle medical cases and were able to treat over a total of 60 patients in just two days! That included their rehab, prosthetic, wound care and medical patients.
Jason was with Project Medishare hosting a clinic in La Gonave when he met an 8-year-old Haitian girl. Julandia is a spina bifida patient that had arrived at the clinic with bad ulcers (wounds) on her feet. She had no sensation in her feet so a donated hand-bike seemed like a good way to allow her feet to heal while she could be mobile and able to exercise in her home. Julandia was given the bike the first day of the clinic and she was able to drive and steer herself with only a small amount of training. By the end of the day, she was maneuvering the hand-bike on her own and quite happy. Medical Teams International, MTI, is the organization that donated the PET International bike that Julandia now owns. Because of the severity of her spina bifida, Julandia will not be able to walk. This makes providing her with a means of independent mobility so very important.
Thanks to Jason Miller, the Project Medishare prosthetics team, PET International & Medical Teams International for providing Julandia with this hand-bike and, ultimately, the opportunity for independent mobility.
The first annual Run for Relief 5K was truly an amazing race. The event took place this past Sunday, May 15th, 2011 at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove, FL. Participants arrived just as the sun was rising in the morning to pick up their bib numbers and commemorative t-shirts. Haitian-American songstress, Phyllisia Ross, kicked things off by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” while participants lined up for the start of the race. The often times temperamental Miami weather cooperated for the race and remained comfortably breezy for the 5K. The sounds of 99 JAMZ WEDR-FM filled Peacock Park and could be heard on the racecourse. We were delighted to see so many young school children participating in the race with their parents. We were also thrilled to have a very special guest attend the event with Project Medishare co-founder Dr. Barth Green. A huge accomplishment in itself, 13-year-old Thedjy Romelus walked part of the course with Dr. Green.
Two years ago Drs. John Ragheb and David Sandberg found Thedjy unconscious in Haiti. They performed a life saving operation on his brain and Project Medishare brought him to the United States. When he arrived in Miami, Thedjy had a malignant tumor removed from his brain by Dr. Sandberg. This operation was followed by over a year of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which he recently successfully completed. Thedjy is now attending a special school for vision challenged children, where he is an A student, and sessions of physical therapy. His dream is to be “as tall as a tree”, play in the NBA and to create music. Post-race, standing alongside Dr. Green, Thedjy spoke to the Run for Relief crowd thanking everyone for participating and supporting Project Medishare. He ended his brief but touching message by saying “thank you for saving my life”.
A $40,000 check was presented to Project Medishare for Haiti by event organizer Laura Simko and Claude Grubair and Andy DeAngulo of the Ransom Athletic Department. Thank you to everyone that supported Project Medishare through the Run for Relief 5K. Congratulations to each person that completed the 5K and to the race winner, Adam Chambers who finished the race with an astonishing time of 16 minutes, 41 seconds! To find your race result, please click here or look for Run for Relief on www.splitsecondtiming.com
We would like to extend a very special thank you to Laura Simko, Claude Grubair, Andy DeAngulo & the entire Ransom Everglades Athletic Department for organizing this race.
We are already looking forward to the 2nd Annual Run for Relief 5K in 2012 and hope to see you all out there!
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged 5K Run, 99 Jamz, Celebrity Cruises, Coconut Grove, Exhale Spa, Gator Trax, Haiti, Miami Heat, Miami Races, Peacock Park, Project Medishare, Ransom Everglades High School, REACH, Roccos Picture Framing, Vita Coco on May 10, 2011| Leave a Comment »
Please join Dr. Barth Green and Project Medishare for Haiti for the first annual “Run for Relief” 5K Run/Walk organized by Ransom Everglades High School Senior, Laura Simko. The event is taking place Sunday, May 15, 2011 at Peacock Park (2820 McFarlane Road) in Coconut Grove and is sponsored by Miami HEAT, Vita Coco, Exhale Spa, Celebrity Cruises, REACH, 99 JAMZ WEDR-FM, Roccos Picture Framing, and Gator Trax. The race starts at Peacock Park at 7:30am. Age divisions range from 8 & under to 70 & over! Pre-Registration Fee is $25 and the Raceday Registration fee is $30. A commemorative T-shirt will be given to all participants featuring the Run for Relief 5K logo (T-shirts guaranteed on the day of the race for Pre-Registration only). At the conclusion of the race there will be an awards ceremony at Peacock Park with exciting live music. For additional information and to register for the event please click here!
We look forward to seeing you all out there!
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Central Plateau, Haiti, Haiti central plateau, Haiti's Central Plateau, Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare, Project Medishare, volunteers on May 5, 2011| Leave a Comment »
We would like to take the opportunity to simply say “Thank You”. Thank you to all of our volunteers, staff, donors and supporters. It is because of you that we have been able to continue to save lives and improve lives in Haiti. It is because of you that we are able to train Haitian physicians, nurses and allied health professionals. It is because of you that we are able to continue our quest to achieve quality healthcare and development services for all in Haiti. It is because of you that children in Haiti, like the ones pictured below, have the opportunity to smile. Thank you for supporting and continuing to support Project Medishare for Haiti.