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Three Young, Displaced Earthquake Survivors Reconnect With Family In Haiti

On Tuesday, June 21, 2011 Project Medishare was able to reconnect three young boys, displaced by the 2010 Haitian earthquake, with their family members in Haiti thanks to the Miami Dolphins. They are only three of the roughly 200 critically injured young children who were medically evacuated from the battered nation and transported to South Florida for life-saving surgery immediately following the earthquake. Only a few of their parents and siblings were able to come with them to the States, leaving the rest of their family members behind in the devastated capital of Port-au-Prince.

The boys arrived at Sun Life Stadium and were given an exclusive tour around the facility. They were able to walk on the field, see the team locker rooms, and an up close look at the team trophy case. The boys were then taken to a room where through teleconferencing technology, each was able to participate in a video chat session with their family members in Haiti.

The first child to be reconnected with his family in Haiti was Peterson who was joined by his mother Armenise. 10 year old Peterson suffered a serious head injury and a severed ear as a result of the quake and required 16 surgeries. Peterson was able to speak with his older sister for first time in over a year. Junior, a 17-year-old high school student sustained a serious leg injury, “I’m just waiting to see my family because I was missing them a lot”. Junior and his older brother Wadner were both able to be reconnected with their father and brother. Lastly, 10 year old Belix and his father Prezner were reconnected with Prezner’s sister and his three youngest children.

Laughter filled the room as the families reconnected. Emotions were also high as the family members shared tears of joy from being able to see each other for the first time in over a year. It was truly a touching moment and it was hard for the families to say good-bye, but the families are optimistic about being reunited once again in the not so distant future.

To see a brief video of this special day, please click here for a Channel 7 News report.

Belix, Peterson & Junior at Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins

Special thank you to the Miami Dolphins for opening your facility to these boys & making this a day they will not forget.

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Project Medishare for Haiti has a very strong presence in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince at the countries only critical care and trauma facility, Hospital Bernard Mevs. However, this is not the only place where life saving work is completed. We have teams in the Central Plateau and in Miami that collaborate with doctors, nurses, staff, etc. on a daily basis. These relationships are so important as they are the ones that together, ultimately save lives in Haiti. One Saturday, earlier this month was a great example of the incredible team work that goes on to help Haiti.

Project Medishare often sets up mobile clinics in order to provide health care to those that otherwise would not receive it. One Saturday in early June was no different. A mobile clinic was in place in the Central Plateau. One of the patients seen was an infant with a cleft lip. The baby and her mother are from a small community near the remote village of Marmont. The doctors described the baby’s condition as being “on deaths door step”. She is a four month old that weighed only four pounds. She was not feeding as she could not form a field on her mother’s breast because the cleft was so severe. Initially, the doctors at the mobile clinic sent her to the regional hospital in Hinche with one of the Medishare drivers and nurse practitioners. The regional hospital did not have any pediatric tubes there so the staff called the hospital in Cange only to find that they did not have a pediatric tube either.

The Project Medishare staff in the Central Plateau, Port-au-Prince and Miami all put their minds together to find a solution. In Miami, staff worked to find a breast pump as “formula was not an option without refrigeration.” By Wednesday a breast pump was in the hands of the baby’s mother and the Medishare nursing team taught her how to use it properly.

The baby was successfully released on Friday only six days after first being seen at a Project Medishare mobile clinic. The baby is scheduled to return for the next cleft surgery week. As Project Medishare co-founder Dr. Arthur Fournier said, “The work involved in saving this child’s life illustrates the need for balance for our work involved in primary care, hospital and community care programs in Haiti.” Together, another life is saved.

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As some of you may be aware, clearing customs in Haiti is not the easiest of tasks. We have unfortunately had everything from medical supplies, medication, and ambulances to even protein drinks held up in customs after successfully departing the United States. That being said, we are very happy to report that the over 1,000 cases of EB Performance protein drink finally cleared customs!

Pediatric Patient at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare drinking EB Performance Whey Juice

The much-needed EB Performance Whey Juice protein drinks are currently being distributed at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare to the patients who so desperately need hydration. This generous donation of the protein drinks was made through our partnership with Dr. Nathan Feldman, Co-Founder, of EB Performance, LLC.

Project Medishare patient drinking an EB Performance drink at Hospital Bernard Mevs

Thank you to Dr. Nathan Feldman and EB Performance, LLC for making this possible!

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Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare is in urgent need of Pediatric and ICU volunteer nurses. If you have been waiting for the best time to help with our efforts at the only critical care and trauma service facility for all of Haiti, now is the time! Please, if you are a Pediatric or ICU nurse that is interested in volunteering in the next week or two at the Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare in Port-au-Prince, please email us immediately at info@projectmedishare.org (for all other volunteer inquiries please click here!)

Line at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare

As always, thank you for helping us serve the resilient people of Haiti who so desperately need us.

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Project Medishare for Haiti is currently seeking an experienced CEO/Executive Director that will serve as the Chief Executive, responsible for the overall management of the organization and reporting to the board of directors and executive committee. Project Medishare for Haiti, a Miami, Florida based 501C3, is an organization dedicated to sharing its human and technical resources with its Haitian partners in the quest to establish sustainable healthcare and community development services for all. Our mission is achieved by creating infrastructure and capacity building programs in Haiti that are implemented and operated long-term by Haitians. Project Medishare is an established nonprofit, with over a decade of proven track record in Haiti. Project Medishare is a recipient of grants from USAID and American Red Cross, and has several high-profile individuals who serve on the board of directors.

The Executive Director will work between Port au Prince, Haiti and Miami. Project Medishare will provide housing accommodations and transportation in Haiti.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop short and long-term strategic plans with a strong focus on sustainability and PM mission, vision and organizational goals in partnership with the executive committee, and with the support of the board of directors.
  • Ensure implementation of strategic plan that includes target timelines, goals and measureable results.
  • Provide skilled leadership, management, and career development support for Project Medishare employees both in Miami and in Haiti.
  • Oversee the development of a creative and dynamic communication, fundraising, public relations and marketing plan to maximize national and international visibility and awareness of Project Medishare and its programs and achievements.
  • Complete ongoing assessment of programmatic achievements, with clearly defined measurements of success in order to evaluate effectiveness for future planning and for grant reporting.
  • Develop proposals and grants to fund Project Medishare programs. Oversee grant process from research, submission, implementation and reporting.
  • Create and cultivate relationships with existing funders as well as expanding to new foundations, government institutions, and individual donors to fund these proposals.
  • Lead strategic and operational financial planning and management, overseeing CFO and in-country accounting team. Must oversee and ensure reporting between program spending and management as well as all grant reporting and allocations. Project Medishare is dedicated to financial transparency and accountability. Must have experience with developing budgets, managing budgets and crisis situations that require quick thinking and reallocations of resources within existing guidelines.
  • Ensure timely submission of financial, programmatic and management progress reports to board as well as monitoring and evaluation of program activities and personnel.
  • Oversee compliance with sanctioning governments (US and Haitian) and donors.
  • Establish and nurture supportive and collaborative working relationships with all internal and external program partners, institutions, and contributors in order to engage academic, research, educational, technical and other expertise required to meet program deliverables.

Requirements:

  • Significant and proven leadership skills established by several years of senior management responsibilities.
  • Graduate degree in international development, public health, medicine, or a related field, and/or several years of related experience.
  • Strong experience with fundraising and ability to work with institutional and individual donors including high profile government, corporate, sports, and entertainment figures.
  • Excellent financial management skills required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong presentation skills, teamwork and diplomacy skills including fostering a healthy organizational culture.
  • Ability to operate and be effective in diverse environments, ranging from Miami and Washington DC to Port-au-Prince and rural Haiti.
  • Fluent in English and French or Creole, with Spanish proficiency a plus.
  • Must thrive with a highly engaged and active board as well as a sophisticated volunteer base, corporate supporters, foundations and major donors.
  • Be a smart, creative professional with passion for the mission of the organization and highly developed skills, instincts and limitless energy.

How To Apply:

To apply for the position of Executive Director, Project Medishare for Haiti, please email cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Lorna Sanchez, assistant to Dr. Barth Green, President and Co-Founder of Project Medishare for Haiti, at Ljsanchez@med.miami.edu

Application deadline is August 7, 2011.

Additional Details:
Application deadline: August 7, 2011
Education requirements: Master’s Degree
Languages needed: English, French
Employment type: Full time
Professional level: Executive
Salary details: Competitive salary based on experience/expertise.

You can also view this job posting on Idealist by clicking here!

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One year ago on June 6th, 2010, Project Medishare for Haiti moved the 300-bed field hospital that was erected shortly following the January 2010 earthquake. The staff, patients, medications, beds, medical equipment, supplies, etc. were all moved into a brick and mortar building; the Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare. The hospital is located about 20 minutes from the Port-au-Prince airport and operates 24/7 for the general public, providing the only critical care and trauma services for all of Haiti.

Moving into Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare. June 6, 2010

Moving into Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare. June 6, 2010

As with every hospital in the world, there have unfortunately been some sad stories at the Hospital Bernard Mevs. However, there have been so many more feel good stories that have come out of the hospital in the past year. These uplifting stories definitely outweigh any of the sad stories. There have been many celebrated guests that have shown up at the hospital. Members of the Miami HEAT organization surveyed the property, NFL star Pierre Garçon of the Indianapolis Colts visited the hospital, a CT scanner was donated by Wyclef Jean’s Yéle Haiti and President Michel Martelly and First Lady Sophia Martelly toured the hospital and spoke to staff, volunteers and patients.

Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare

Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare

An American Red Cross board member donated a Digital X-Ray Machine and Pediatric Respiratory Unit, the City of Miami Beach donated 2 ambulances, a new prosthetic lab was created which was made possible through the partnerships with Ossur and Knights of Columbus and an amputee soccer team, Team Zaryen, was formed with players that are former patients of Hospital Bernard Mevs.

Ambulance donated by the City of Miami Beach

Ambulance donated by the City of Miami Beach

There have been more inspiring visits, happy stories and generous donations that have been made in the one-year that Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare has been up and running. The most telling statistic is the one that matters: 89,694 patients have been treated this past year at Hospital Bernard Mevs with only 45 beds at the facility. We thank you all for your continued support and encourage you to please keep coming back to help save lives in Haiti and please give whatever you can so that we can continue to effectively run the hospital.

An operating room at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare

An operating room at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare

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Project Medishare for Haiti is a grassroots organization that relies on generous people like you for donations to keep our programs running. As a supporter of the cause, you may find yourself wanting to help Project Medishare but are not sure what you can do. We do need your help and because of this we have compiled a quick reference for you to review. Any of the below options are great ways to help us sustain our efforts to save lives and build capacity in Haiti.

You can simply click here to make a financial donation. No matter how big or small, every dollar counts, and we appreciate your generosity and support.

How often do you search or shop online? A penny a search and a portion of each purchase will be donated to Project Medishare for free when you use iGive. When you shop using iGive, up to 26% of your purchase at over 800 great stores is automatically donated to Project Medishare! Searching or shopping through iGive means a donation to Project Medishare. It’s just that free and easy. And you SAVE money with exclusive coupons/free shipping deals.

Raise money by searching the web and shopping online! Powered by Yahoo!, each time you search using GoodSearch you raise money for Project Medishare. On average, if 1,000 Project Medishare supporters search twice a day for a year on GoodSearch, Project Medishare earns $7,300.

Text SAVE to 501501 to donate $5 to Project Medishare (To confirm your $5 donation, please reply with the word ‘YES’.  You must reply to the confirmation by texting YES, otherwise the donation will not be completed.)

Purchase Save Haiti Project Medishare T-Shirts, wristbands, beautiful Haitian Art and more from the Project Medishare online store! Profits from your purchase will go DIRECTLY to help those we serve in Haiti.

To see all the ways you can donate to Project Medishare, please click here!

Again, THANK YOU for your continued support, we literally do not exist without it.

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