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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.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

From the home front

I am trying to field all the volunteering requests that are flooding the trauma program office. Setting up instructions on our MidCarolina RAC website has helped. I can't imagine what this would be like on this end without email! I am anxious to hear what the team reports back as to anticipated continued needs for personnel, but by reading the postings, can see that the needs will continue to be many for the coming weeks or longer. I know that everyone on the first deployment must be exhausted already, but are proud to be part of the effort. We are all proud of you as well. Please let me know of any thoughts that any of you may have for the next round of SMAT members that come down, or who you might like me to approach. I am thinking about you all constantly--everyone here is.

Chris Ogden

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