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

Galloping to Gulfport

We have just departed Camp Shelby and we are on the way to Gulfport, MS. The convoy passed a car crash on the way out of Camp Shelby. Although traffic was backed up there were no injuries. At this time we are taking an unexpected bathroom break. One person had to go so the whole 31 vehicle convoy had to stop. As soon as we stopped, several others suddenly had to go as well. In the meantime Chip and I have been working on a plan for Trauma Resus. The hospital in Gulfport is completely off line at this time. There is a DMAT on the ground that is seeing 400 patients a day and there is no trauma capability in a 6 county area. We will be the new Trauma Center as well as acute care hospital in Gulfport. We should be there later this afternoon. Once we are up and running we will update again and we will try to post pictures if possible. As we are finding out, plans can change rapidly.


Blogger Suneebeech said...

I just want to applaud all of you for your willingness to go to help those who have been hurt or are sick from the hurricane.
It is people, like all of you, that make such a huge difference in the medical field and to your patients.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart and may God guide and protect all of you while on your journey.

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