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.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Biloxi Bound

Getting to be a long night. And to get longer. One flat already, another change needed on Duke's rig. In GA racing down the highway with Troopers leading the way. No speeding tickets tonight. Received plans. Heading to Camp Shelby in MS which is field HQ for FEMA. They plan to feed us and give us a turn in the beds for an hour beforw sending us through to Biloxi. Our mission is to staff the Biloxi hospital which has been completely inoperable since the storm. No OR capability at all. Sounds like Ben and myself will be busy. Have radio'd ahead to have them pull all supplies not wet. Regardless, we should have everything we need. Pulling through Atlanta just after 1 am. Running out of Treo juice. Will try to charge with FEMA resources.


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Blogger NC Jaycee Burn Center said...

Dear All:

Thanks for taking the lead by going down to help during this time of tragedy.

Please know all of us are constantly thinking about you and your efforts and support you completely. Please let us know if you need anything.

Thanks for keeping us informed- I really believe this blog should provide an important record of your experience- both in terms of what worked (and what did not) as well as provide a personal perspective on a tragedy many of us can only speculate about.

Of course this record will also provide us an opportunity to plan for and improve our response to such tragedies in the future.

Please be safe, take care, and stay in touch.

Bruce Cairns

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