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Chefs With a Purpose Grand Tasting and Silent Auction to benefit Project Medishare for Haiti and International Firefighters Assistance, held at the InterContinental Miami on March 30th, was a resounding success! The event featured over 20 tasting stations which each offered a delicious signature menu dish by the participating top chefs. The evening’s silent auction had incredible items ranging from luxury hotel stays, unique dining experiences, Tiffany & Co. jewelry, Haitian art and unique sports memorabilia. There was a new addition this year as a beautiful Haitian art exhibit by Michele Frisch, Haiti’s leading art curator and collector, was displayed in the lobby. The featured Haitian art was from the Galerie Marassa collection. The evening was hosted by Pierre Garçon, Wide Receiver for the Indianapolis Colts and emceed by DJ Griot of 99 Jamz. WPLG Channel 10 Miami evening news anchor, Calvin Hughes, was honored for his important contributions to Haiti’s recovery, advancing awareness and fundraising efforts. Guests were serenaded with the music of renowned Haitian performers Mushy Widmaier and sultry singer Phyllisia Ross.

The participating restaurants included: Table 40, Two Chefs Restaurant, Sra. Martinez, The Forge, Mama Mia, Gigi’s Noodle Bar, Bond Street, Chophouse Miami, House of Caviar & Fine Foods, Abokado, Moca Café, Chef Creole, CookiePursonality, San Ignacio College Culinary Program, Chef George Catering, Rational Cooking Solutions, Ana Paz Cakes, Diego’s Tapas y Vinos, Dadou’s Kitchen, Por Fin Restaurant & Lounge, Scalina Ristorante.

We would like to extend a very special thank you to InterContinental Miami for once again hosting this incredible evening to raise awareness and the much needed funds for Project Medishare Haiti.

Lt. Nate Lasseur, Founder & President of IFA; Robert Hill, InterContinental Miami General Manager; Dr. Barth Green, Co-Founder of Project Medishare for Haiti; and Calvin Hughes, WPLG News Anchor at Chefs With a Purpose

Haitian art from the Galerie Marassa collection exhibit by Michele Frisch, Haiti’s leading art curator and collector

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This great documentary on Project Medishare premiered on Plum TV this past weekend. In case you missed it, take a few minutes to watch the video below.

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By Jennifer Browning

Project Medishare’s future is mapped out in the most recent issue of the University of Miami’s Medicine. The magazine’s special edition focuses on how the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and its partnering organizations like Project Medishare and the UM Global Institute rushed to the aid of Haiti’s earthquake victims.

Fostering a Healthy Future” takes a look at Project Medishare’s various programs between Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare in Port-au-Prince and Haiti’s Central Plateau where the community health and development program has been operating for over 10 years.Before the earthquake, Project Medishare was getting ready to celebrate the completion of two major projects, the Akamil production facility and a new maternal health center. The earthquake delayed the opening for both projects, however Project Medishare is determined to continue efforts to improve healthcare in rural Haiti through these programs as well as through the critical care and rehabilitation hospital in Port-au-Prince.

Click here to read the full article in Medicine, or click here to browse through the entire 2010 Summer Edition.

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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

This Sunday, February 21, be a part of  “SHINING FOR A CAUSE” Uniting Sports for Haiti Charity Fundraiser which will benefit Project Medishare and the UM Global Institute’s earthquake relief efforts. The benefit is organized on behalf of “Project Save the World” a Charitable Foundation Founded by Jennifer Williams, Heather Williams and Deanna Morales.

This event is being filmed for an upcoming episode of The New Reality Show “Basketball Wives” on VH1 airing in March.

FEBRUARY 21ST, 2010, 7 PM -11 PM
6530 Allison Road, Allison Island Miami Beach

A silent auction will be held throughout the course of the evening with high dollar services and products for guests to bid on.

Space is limited and RSVP is mandatory. Please RSVP at ProjectSavetheWorldFundraiser@yahoo.com or call 305-785-6813.

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Project Medishare's Pediatric Neurosurgical Specialty Team arrived last week to continue their surgeries for children with neurosurgical problems including hydrocephalus, head injuries, brain tumors, and spine fractures. This is one example of the many programs that must continue along side of Project Medishare ongoing earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. Photo by Ann McNeil Ann McNeil, BSN, RN, Pediatric Neurosurgery, University of Miami/ Miami Children's Hospital.

By Jennifer Browning

While Project Medishare is continuing earthquake relief efforts in Port-au-Prince, we are also keeping attention to our other various programs in Port-au-Prince and the Central Plateau.

The Project Medishare Pediatric Neurosurgery Specialty program traveled last week from Miami to continue their work with children with hydrocephalus and myelomeningoceles.

Within hours of the team’s arrival, three other pediatric neurosurgery cases were admitted and/or transferred to the hospital.

A child waits in pre-op for surgery for hydrocephalus at the Project Medishare and UM Global Institute Hospital in Haiti. Photo by Ann McNeil.

“There is a clear need for continued care and our plan is to provide continuous neurosurgical coverage,” surgical team organizer Ann McNeil said. “Pediatric neurosurgery teams will be able to come and operate on a weekly basis as needed. For now the surgeons will come from the States, but we already have plans to train a local surgical resident and to work alongside the Haitian medical staff to provide training and education.”

Project Medishare has provided the in-country logistics for the pediatric neurosurgery trips twice a year since 2003. Since the earthquake, our organization’s collective efforts focus on the needs of those injured and displaced by the destruction. Many individual nurses and doctors, who had accompanied us on medical or surgical trips in the past, were the first to show up in Haiti to volunteer- in the operating rooms and on the wards of the Project Medishare and UM Global Institute field hospital.

Last week, the Haitian government marked February 12, as a national day of mourning for all those killed in the earthquake. Project Medishare and the UM Global Institute, in a strong partnership, continue necessary earthquake relief efforts in Port-au-Prince, but Project Medishare is also continuing support for other ongoing programs like the Community Health Program based in Thomonde and the Integrated Community Development Program in Marmont which are seeing a population growth from those migrating from Port-au-Prince.

The Pediatric Neurosurgical Specialty Team never changed their original plans, despite the challenges they would face from the destruction the earthquake left behind. The team saw children with neurosurgical problems including hydrocephalus, head injuries, brain tumors, and spine fractures.

“When presented with the option of providing care in Haiti or transporting the child to another country, we have always supported Project Medishare’s philosophy of treating the child in Haiti if feasible and safe,” McNeil said. “Why take a child and parent away from home and family. There is a high cost in dollars; there is a social and emotional cost.”

The team faced several challenges while they worked to continue their surgeries. While they found an Ultrasound available, the team discovered the CT scanners in Port-au-Prince were damaged in the earthquake which meant no useful imaging was available. Access to a CT scanner is necessary.

Two of the three children who were recovering from surgeries on Saturday had severe head injuries. Fortunately, with some skillful coordination, they were able to be transferred to the USS Comfort, a Navy medical ship, to have a CT scan, but such a delay can have devastating consequences.

“We are back in business caring for the children of Haiti, but we will have to continue to gather resources to build an effective and sustainable program,” McNeil said about her Pediatric Neurosurgery team. “I am proud to be a part of the team that makes it all possible. ”

Another specialty surgical trip scheduled in May. If you would like to donate to the Pediatric Neurosurgery Specialty Program in Port-au-Prince click here.

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