Two additional LLU medical teams arrive in Haiti; Hopital Adventiste d’Haiti endures additional se Email | Print
Created date Jan 25, 2010   Last edit Jan 25, 2010 at 7:21 PM
by Dustin Jones; Source: , djones@llu.edu
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Two additional LLU medical teams arrive in Haiti;
Hopital Adventiste d’Haiti endures additional seismic activity


Two additional teams from Loma Linda University have arrived in Haiti to continue support of Hopital Adventiste d’Haiti (HAH), a 70-bed facility built in 1978 that is serving as one of the clinical centers for the nation.

On Friday, January 22, Haiti sustained yet another earthquake that has resulted in structural damage to parts of the hospital. On the advice of geological experts, patients waiting for treatment and their families have been moved outside of the structure. A new inflatable outdoor O.R. tent has been established outside of the hospital, courtesy of GlobalMedic. This will help to accommodate the more than 400 people waiting for surgery.

In 2003, the hospital joined Adventist Health International, an nonprofit international organization based at Loma Linda University.

On Thursday, January 21, two orthopedic surgeons and a translator arrived in Haiti, bringing additional supplies and a much-needed sterilizer.

“Several members of the LLU School of Medicine class of 2010 prepared a shipment for the hospital that included several surgical saws and the sterilizer,” says Dustin Jones, associate director of public relations at LLU. “Their support for the hospital in Haiti and our teams there has been amazing.”

The School of Medicine class of 2010 spent this last weekend speaking to several community groups trying to raise funds for the hospital. Three years ago, the class adopted the hospital in Haiti and has been involved with it since then.

Additionally, a team was deployed from the School of Public Health’s Center for Public Health Preparedness. This team will be collaborating with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency and HAH with rapid public health assessments that will serve as the baseline for relief efforts from this point forward.

The team will also focus on the availability and quality of safe water, sanitation needs, food security, shelter, vector control (mosquitoes, etc.), and control/prevention of infectious disease transmission.

Loma Linda University is partnering with Park Ridge Hospital (Hendersonville, North Carolina) and Florida Hospital (Orlando, Florida) to help maximize response to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti. From this collaborative effort, a reliable system for scheduling and transporting medical teams, supplies, and equipment into Port-au-Prince is emerging. More than 30 pallets of supplies have already been transported to HAH.

The Global Health Institute at LLU continues to collect names of individuals who possess skills that would be best suited to assist at the hospital, as well as medical supplies.

A website at LLU was created to accept donations for Hopital Adventiste d’Haiti. Funds donated thus far have been used to purchase a sterilizer, a generator, orthopedic saws, medications, and other medical supplies.

Individuals who would like to donate to the relief effort of HAH are invited to visit the website at
www.llu.edu or to contact the LLU office of philanthropy at P.O. Box 2000, Loma Linda, CA 92354. The phone number is (909) 558-5010. Please make checks payable to: Loma Linda University—Haiti Earthquake.