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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

Media coverage

Well the phone has been ringing off the hook here in North Carolina. Private citizens are calling asking for your help, others are offering theirs. The media is very interested in the efforts of the team. Unfortunately, they are still fixated on the roadblocks that were temporarily encountered. I have tried my best to describe the current situation, where you are, who you are, and what you are doing to redirect them. Everyone here is rooting for you and are in full support. As the people there likely have not seen much news lately please let them know that there are relief efforts of all shapes and sizes occurring all over the country. We just spent two hours standing in line at Mapleview Farms in Hillsborough to support their fundraiser. Today they are donating all proceeds to the relief effort. The people just kept coming and the lines snaked around the property. Lots of smiles and very few complaints! I will take the liberty of speaking for all your families and friends at home--we miss you very much and are so proud of your dedication and efforts!

Melissa

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