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

They are off!

The MidCarolina RAC SMAT team left early this morning to rendezvous in Charlotte with other SMAT teams from NC. They received briefings and waited for the "go" from the coast. Finally, at about 4:15PM, the word came from HHS to leave for Jackson, Missippi, where they will either receive further instructions to either move on to another site or set up there to begin receiving patients. The medical center at the university there has been hit hard with incoming patients, so there would be a lot to do there and that may be what happens.

Will update as I get other news! All is well!

Chris Ogden
Trauma Program Manager


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