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West Penn Allegheny specialists assisting field hospital in Haiti

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

West Penn Allegheny Health System’s Jerry V. “Chip” Lambert, MD, and Deborah Bohan, PA-C, are in Haiti treating wounded earthquake survivors and delivering supplies and equipment at the FSIL Nursing School in Laogone, one of the few buildings still standing in the devastated nation.

Dr. Lambert, an emergency physician at Allegheny General Hospital, and Ms. Bohan, a pediatric critical care physicians’ assistant at Allegheny General Hospital – Suburban Campus in Bellevue, were part of the rescue mission that brought 53 Haitian orphans to Pittsburgh Tuesday. They stayed behind in Haiti to help with the recovery.

“We are in a safe place and are able to do a lot of good,” said Ms. Bohan in an email. “I am so glad to be here.”

She said she and Dr. Williams are treating many fractures and lacerations, and are seeing head injuries also, but don’t have qualified physicians to treat them.

The Laogone Nursing School was converted to a field hospital after the earthquake and was initially run only by the head nursing instructor, Hilda Alcindor, and students. Three nursing students perished in the earthquake. “This is overwhelming, but I am holding on,” Ms. Alcindor said.

According to the Medical Benevolence Foundation, which has a long working relationship with the FSIL Nursing School, the students were among the few medical workers in Leogane and have been working around the clock to treat injuries, as well as delivering four babies. Sky News also reported that surgeries have had to be performed without anesthetic.

Donations made to the Medical Benevolence Foundation will be delivered 100 percent to the School of Nursing. For more information, visit the Foundation’s web site at www.mbfoundation.org and click the “News on Haiti” link.

 

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