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.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Leaving For The Gulf

We are on the bus heading out to Jackson, MS. Thanks to modern technology we are able to post while we are riding down the road. We must look impressive with 2 tractor trailers, multiple SUVs with trailers and a police escort as we head south on the highway. The plan is to go to Jackson with the possibility of going further south. There is a chance that we will be able to divert before Jackson, but we are excited to be on our way to help. Earlier today we were joined by a vascular surgeon as well as another anesthesiologist adding to our ability to provide complex care. We will update again when we know where our final destination is (if we have cell access).


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