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By Jennifer Browning
Project Medishare co-founder Dr. Arthur Fournier discusses cholera in Haiti in the Miami-Herald this week.

Dr. Fournier talks about how cholera is not another curse that Haiti must endure, but another consequence of man.

“Errors of omission and commission not just exacerbated the epidemic but also contributed to its cause and explosive spread,” Dr. Fournier says.

In the article Dr. Fournier also mentions how Project Medishare’s existing community health program in the Central Plateau placed our organization in an ideal position to respond to the epidemic.

Click here to read the full article.

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Three months after the Knights of Columbus announced that it would donate $1 million to Project Medishare to provide prostheses to Haitian children who lost limbs in the January 2010 earthquake, a large shipment of the prosthetic devices is being sent to Port-au-Prince this week.

Yesterday, at a news press conference at the Hialeah, Fla. facility where the prosthetic devices were being prepared for shipment, representatives of the organizations involved expressed enthusiasm for the difference that the “Hope for Haiti’s Children” program will make in the lives of the child amputees.

An estimated 1,000 children underwent amputations after suffering severe injuries in the earthquake. Project Medishare, which operates a critical care, trauma and rehabilitation hospital in Port-au-Prince and clinics in the Central Plateau, is equipped to fit prostheses and to provide physical therapy once patients have been fitted with the devices. The Knights of Columbus agreed to underwrite the cost of both the prostheses and therapy for children who needed them. The children will be supplied with up to three prostheses (as they outgrow them) and two years of physical therapy.

“Bringing the gift of mobility and independence to these children is an important investment in their lives, and through them, in Haiti’s future,” Knights of Columbus Supreme Secretary Emilio Moure said. “Knights of Columbus, for whom charity and helping neighbors in need is a fundamental commitment, is honored to be able to help make this possible.”

Dr. Barth Green, Project Medishare’s president and co-founder of Project Medishare, agreed that this gift is crucial for the thousands of children affected by the earthquake.

“We are grateful to the Knights of Columbus for joining us as a partner in providing critically needed medical care and rehabilitation to the people of Haiti,” Dr. Green said. “Their contribution is very generous, and enables us to meet the needs of Haiti’s child amputees in a rapid, skillful and effective manner.”

Also participating in the news conference was Dr. Robert Gailey, Associate Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Therapy, and Adam Finnieston, Chief Prosthetics Officer at Extreme Prosthetics, producer of the prosthetic devices.

Project Medshare for Haiti was founded in 1994 by Drs. Barth Green and Arthur Fournier when they assembled the first team of faculty from the University of Miami School of Medicine and Nursing to assess the health status of Haitians and explore ways of rebuilding their healthcare infrastructure in a long term and meaningful way.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest lay Catholic organization, with more than 1.8 million members around the world. Last year they donated more than $151 million to charity and donated more than 69 million volunteer hours to charitable causes.

Click here to see NBC Miami’s video about Project Medishare’s partnership with the Knights of Columbus.

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Dr. Antonio Marttos checks on critically ill patients in Port-au-Prince from the Ryder Trauma Center with the help of a robot as part of Trauma Telemedicine Program.

By Jennifer Browning

Each morning Dr. Antonio Marttos conducts rounds in the intensive care unit at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare (HBMPM) in Port-au-Prince without ever having to leave his patients at Ryder Trauma Center in Miami thanks to a robot.

Donated by InTouch Health, the robot has become a huge part of the emergency room and intensive care unit at the hospital, by allowing specialists from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine to make rounds in the ICU via satellite. Doctors control the robot with a joy stick, giving them the ability to look at patients and talk to them.

The robot has been working at HBMPM for about a month now and while the goal is to use it for morning rounds in the ICU, it can also go into surgery as well as the pediatric and neonatal ward.

Click here to view a video report from Miami’s Local 10 reporter Sasha Andrade to learn more about how this valuable technology is working to treat the critically ill.

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Los Angeles’ ABC Channel 7 features University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine’s Dr. Henri Ford who is Director of Medical Education and Training at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare (HBMPM).

Dr. Ford grew up in Port-au-Prince just a few miles from the epicenter that shook Port-au-Prince in January. Just days after the quake Dr. Ford found himself back in the capital helping provide medical aid. When he returned to LA, he told ABC 7’s David Ono that guilt overcame him because he felt he left people behind in their greatest time of need. So now Dr. Ford travels back and forth working at HBMPM.

View the video above to see the hope that transpires from what is currently Haiti’s only critical care hospital. A place where lives have not only been saved, but for some, like the many amputees that come through the door, where lives are rebuilt.

If you would like to donate to help Project Medishare continue improving healthcare in Haiti through facilities like Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare, click here.

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By Jennifer Browning

Last night Project Medishare co-founder and president, Dr. Barth Green, received the Florida Association of Nonprofit Organization’s (FANO) Lawton’s Heart Humanitarian Award for his lifetime devotion to humanitarian causes.

The award was presented by the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine’s Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt during the opening reception of the organization’s annual conference.

Project Medishare's co-founder and president, Dr. Barth Green, accepts FANO's Lawton's Heart Humanitarian Award from Bud Chiles, son of the late Governor Lawton Chiles for whom the humanitarian award is named.

“On that fateful day in Haiti, January 12, 2010, Project Medishare was uniquely poised to assume a position of leadership when the 7.0 earthquake struck and devastated the country. Within 18 hours, Dr. Green, leading a team of trauma doctors, was on the ground at the airport in Port-au-Prince, offering emergency medical relief to hundreds of severely injured Haitians,” Dean Goldschmidt told FANO conference attendees. “According to the March 11, 2010 New England Journal of Medicine, four hours after their arrival the five person team of medial relief workers started working on ‘225 severely injured Haitians housed in two storage tents at the United Nations compound.’ Today, six months after the earthquake, Project Medishare and the Haitian Ministry of Health are coordinating long term medical care in Haiti.”

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Green talked about how proud he was about the work Project Medishare and the University of Miami were doing to help those in Haiti.

“We are proud now that the University of Miami and Project Medishare and all the people that support it are putting legs and arms on kids and adults every day,” Dr. Green told conference attendees. “We are joining hands with partners in this country who are helping us show the Haitian people that they haven’t been forgotten.”

The Lawton’s Heart Humanitarian Award was named after its first recipient, Governor Lawton Chiles, who posthumously received the first Humanitarian Award in 1999. Governor Chiles’ widow, Mrs. Rhea Chiles, along with their daughter Rhea, her husband Keith Powers and Chiles’ son Ed and wife, Anne. The governor was known for his leadership during the relief effort for after Hurricane Andrew devastated South Dade.

Dr. Green remembers working with Governor Chiles during those trying times.

“Lawton Chiles  was a friend of mine when I was a young doctor running around the state in helicopters rescuing patients,” Dr. Green said. “He funded all of the wonderful programs that have saved so many thousands of lives. He was an extraordinary human being.”

The late Florida governor’s son, Bud Chiles, was present to hand Dr. Green the humanitarian award.

Dr. Green also encouraged FANO conference attendees to seek out opportunities to help others.

“We all have opportunities in our lives to do something every day for someone else,” he said. “You’ll never make a mistake giving because you’ll get back so much more.”

Dr. Green is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery and Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Miami School of Medicine and Chief of the Neurosurgical Services at Jackson Memorial Hospital and Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. He is also co-founder and President of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Dr. Green also co-founded the University of Miami Global Institute for Community Health and Development, a university-wide program focused on improving healthcare and advancing community development in our hemisphere.

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By Jennifer Browning

Miami Dolphins are headed to Haiti today to visit the Project Medishare field hospital. The Dolphins, Sun Life Financial and Project Medishare will present 13 ShelterBox tents to the 13 families that participated in the Haiti Connect Project that began April 4.

Four alumni, Vice President/Senior Advisor Nat Moore as well as Sean Hill, Bryan Salter and Bobby Harden, are leading a contingent to Port-au-Prince bringing relief supplies.

For more information click here.

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By Jennifer Browning

Marcus Solis from ABC Channel 7 out of New York features the important work being done at the Project Medishare hospital, but especially the work of Certified Prothestists Orthotists (CPO) and volunteer physical therapists as they continue to fit earthquake victims with much needed prosthetic limbs.

The piece also features amputee patient Wilford Messine. After being fitted with his prosthetic leg, Messine began playing soccer. Project Medishare has hired him to help fellow Haitians overcome the physical and cultural obstacles of being an amputee.

Almost four months later, Project Medishare is keeping our promise to continue providing much needed medical care to the Haitian people drastically affected by the January earthquake. Such efforts are still in need of funding so that we can continue to help people like Wilford Messine and others.

If you would like to help us fund such relief efforts please click here to make a donation online.

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By Jennifer Browning

In case you missed it Friday evening, here is the video clip from CBS Evening News. News anchor, Katie Couric, visited Project Medishare’s field hospital in Port-au-Prince a few weeks ago. Here is the story she did regarding Project Medishare’s efforts in Haiti.

If you can’t view the video above you may find it here.

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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.

Dr. Barth Green provides medical attention to a child's injury due to the earthquake on January 12. This week, Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., said he was impressed by the work of Dr. Barth Green, Project Medishare and the Global Institute. Photo courtesy of the Project Medishare/UM Global Institute.

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 immediately joined Project Medishare in helping to provide medical relief to earthquake victims in Port-au-Prince on January 13.

Project Medishare/UM Global Institute 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.

Read more about Dean Goldschmidt’s trip to Haiti here.

Click here to support Project Medishare/UM Global Institute’s medical relief efforts on the ground.

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By Jennifer Browning

In November, Project Medishare’s Co-Founder, Dr. Barth Green will join UN’s Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti, Dr. Paul Farmer  and Haiti’s Ambassador to the United States, Raymond Joseph during the panel discussion “Meeting the challenge of the Millennium Development Goals in Haiti: A progress report from the poorest country in the Americas.”

The panel will discuss Haiti’s experience in order to inform audiences about several Millennium Development Goals.

Project Medishare is currently partnering with The Global Institute at the University of Miami for successful implementation of the Integrated Community Development Program currently underway in the community of Marmont. Both organizations use the Millennium Development Goals set forth by the United Nations Development Program as a model to guide them toward the success of the Integrated Community Development Program in Marmont.

The November panel discussion is the first dialogue in the monthly, yearlong series “OUR GLOBAL CHALLENGES: A Series of Dialogues on the Most Pressing Global Issues of Our Time.”

The series of panel discussions is sponsored by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) who is partnering with University of Miami’s Knight Center for International Media.

The discussion will be November 2 between 3-4 p.m. at CSIS in Washington D.C.

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