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As part of the response to Hurricane Katrina, a team of UNC Hospitals' physicians and staff left Friday, Sept. 2 to travel to the Gulf Coast as part of the MidCarolina Trauma RAC's State Medical Assistance Team II. The team from UNC Hospitals is comprised of: Christine Clark, RN; Randy Kearns; Preston "Chip" Rich, MD; Michele Rudisill, RN; Ed Wilson, RN; Ben Zarzaur, MD; and Janet Young, MD. A second team from UNC Hospitals left Sept. 9 to relieve the first group of volunteers. The second team to help staff the K-Mart Klinic in Waveland, Miss., is comprised of: Alberto Bonifacio, RN; Joe Manese, Radiology Tech; Peter Milano, 5th year surgical resident; Andrew Millager, Pharmacist; Jim Rawlings, Pastoral Care; Tina Schade-Willis, MD; Renae Stafford, Trauma Attending Surgeon; Jim Starlin, Air Care Communications; and Wes Wallace, MD., attending, emergency medicine.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Article by the Associate Press

I opened the Richmond Times this morning and there was an article about the team! Unfortunately, it was highlighting frustration with Louisiana officials about getting the team there. I am not sure when this interview with Dr. Rich occurred in relation to Ben's latest posting, but am sure that setting up in Gulfport, especially as a trauma center, will be very valuable even if the team cannot get into Louisiana. AS with all articles, some of the facts weren't quite right, but it was amazing to see our effort was picked up by the AP, probably due to the imbedded reporter. There is no posting today yet, so I am hopeful that they may be setting up in Gulfport.

Chris Ogden

Link to AP article: http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/09/04/katrina.sick.redtape.ap/

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