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The CT Scanner donated by Yéle Haiti was delivered to Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare today. Metro Signs Inc. provided complimentary signage on the trailer.

In July, Yéle Haiti 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.  The unit arrived today at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare and will provide the first high resolution scanning available on the island to all patients regardless of their financial resources.

Before the scanner was shipped to Haiti, Hollywood, Fla. based Metro Signs donated the lettering and signage on the side of the CT Scanner trailer, and even sent a team out to install this signage.  Special thank you to Bruno Dede, Omar Khan, and the wonderful folks at Metro Signs, Inc.

The CT scanner will provide technology that will allow rapid diagnosis and effective treatment to prevent unnecessary deaths from major heart attacks, strokes, major trauma and maternal emergencies.  This desperately needed technology will be integrated into Project Medishare’s training and education program for Haitian healthcare workers, ensuring creation of infrastructure and sustainability necessary for the long-term health of our Haitian neighbors.

Project Medishare is grateful to Wyclef Jean and Yéle Haiti for this generous gift.

Metro Signs installing their beautiful signage on the CT Scanner

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By Gina Epifano, PT

There’s something about Haiti that gets into your heart and just won’t go away. It’s impossible to meet the people and not leave a piece of your heart behind. The only solution I have found is to keep going back!

I’ve volunteered as a physical therapist at Project Medishare three times since the earthquake, and am inspired by the transformation of the physical therapy department in one year.

Gina Epifano with Nadine who was recovering from skin graft surgery and walking for the first time!

In April of 2010, I had my first experience at Project Medishare’s Field Hospital as a PT. I spent my week in pediatrics, helping children learn to move and walk again.
Working at the tent hospital was a special experience…so many clinicians working together to save lives, doing whatever it took to get the job done. I knew I’d be back.

In June of 2010, I returned to Project Medishare, which had recently moved to new location and partnership with Hospital Bernard Mevs. The Rehabilitation Department at Hospital Project Medishare Bernard Mevs now consisted of two long-term American physical therapists. Jason Miller was beginning to develop an amputee program while Alyson Cavanaugh was creating a specialty rehabilitation program for spinal cord injury patients. They were also starting to train local Haitian rehabilitation technicians to assist in care provision. So much progress in two short months!

When returned to Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare this month, I was immediately aware of how far the Rehabilitation Department had come. I was whisked into an amputee running clinic that was being held as part of the grand unveiling of Project Medishare’s state-of-the-art Prosthetics Lab, built in partnership with Ossür and Knights of Columbus.

In September, Knights of Columbus began partnering with Project Medishare to provide every amputee children with a prosthetic limb and the physical therapy necessary to learn how to use the new limb. In addition, Jason has begun his own fundraising efforts through his website http://www.helpinghaitiamputees.com. Through the site Jason created, individuals can sponsor adult amputee patients to receive prostheses as well.

Rehabilitation department at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare. Photo courtesy of Gina Epifano.

Jeff Mcnutt, PT, has joined the long-term rehab team and manages the wound care program for both in-patients and out-patients. He continues to train local Haitian staff in appropriate wound care techniques. Locally trained technicians are now providing daily care in both out-patient PT and the Spinal Cord Injury Unit.

Project Medishare’s Rehabilitation Department has come a long way in a year, but there is still work to be done. Volunteers are still needed; supplies are still needed. Consider sharing your time and skills with our neighbors in Haiti. Maybe I’ll see you there…

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The two beautiful ambulances cleared customs today and were taken to Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare. The City of Miami Beach donated the ambulances to Project Medishare and outfitted with funds raised by the Miami Beach City Commissioners’ Rock Haiti event at the Byron Carlysle theater last spring.

Project Medishare would like to send a big, huge thank you to Commissioner Ed Tobin, Mayor Mattie Bower, all the City Of Miami Beach Commissioner’s and The City of Miami Beach Fire Department—all who raised the funds to outfit the ambulances and provide spare tires and parts.

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Earlier this month members from the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), who sponsors Project Medishare’s amputee soccer team, traveled to Haiti to launch their “Return to Sports” program in partnership with Project Medishare and the Knights of Columbus. The goal of the new program was to use sports to heal the proud and resilient people of Haiti.

During their visit CAF operated their first international running clinic led by University of Miami’s Bob Gailey, PhD, PT and Ossur clinical prosthetist Peter Harsch.

During the same weekend, Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare unveiled its new prosthetic lab which was made possible through the partnerships with Ossur and Knights of Columbus.

Watch the video above or view it here on YouTube to see how these partnerships are inspiring amputee patients in Haiti.

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More than a year later, the children injured in the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti have renewed hope thanks to Project Medishare for Haiti partners, the Knights of Columbus, Ossur, and the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

On March 5, the Knights of Columbus unveiled their latest effort to help Haitian children injured in last year’s earthquake, with the opening of a state-of-the-art prosthetics and rehabilitation center at Bernard Mevs Project Medishare Hospital.

The Össur International Prosthetics and Orthotics Laboratory is the result of the Knights’ partnership with the Iceland-based Össur company – a leading prosthetics manufacturer – and the medical charity Project Medishare. The Challenged Athletes Foundation will also begin offering their assistance in rehabilitating the child amputees.

At the ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony on Saturday, March 5, prosthetics company’s founder Össur Kristinsson, also an amputee, presented more than 600 modular prosthetic systems for use by Project Medishare in the “Healing Haiti’s Children” program.

A joint project of the Knights of Columbus and Project Medishare, the program offers prosthetic limbs and rehabilitation to every child injured in the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January 2010.

More than 100 child amputees have already received help and rehabilitation since the program began in the summer of 2010. Each of the children receives a two-year course of free prosthetics and physical therapy.

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Miami’s WPLG Channel 10’s Calvin Hughes features Project Medishare’s work at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare (HBMPM).  The hospital is the only critical care facility in Haiti, and is continuing to make a difference one year after the devastating earthquake.

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