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Scripps team works in Haiti

A group of Scripps physicians and nurses left last week for a seven-day medical mission in Haiti. Ten Scripps staffers will work at the Hospital Saint Francois de Sales in Port-au-Prince. These include trauma surgeons and trauma nurses, orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists and support personnel — all with disaster experience.

The crew also included Scripps CEO Chris Van Gorder and Chief Medical Officer Brent Eastman, M.D., who just returned from a four-day trip to Haiti. While there, they determined the medical needs and were invited to bring back a team of doctors and nurses. In addition to providing much-needed humanitarian relief, the Scripps team will bring back valuable lessons on post-earthquake health care needs from their mission in Haiti.

Scripps is actively involved in disaster preparedness. In the aftermath events of Sept. 11, 2001, Scripps Health established an office of disaster preparedness, which deploys the Scripps Medical Response Team in times of medical emergency.

In 2005, 78 SMRT members spent three weeks in Houston providing free medical services to Hurricane Katrina evacuees, treating approximately 5,000 patients.

In October 2007, SMRT was deployed to Rancho Bernardo to set up a mobile field clinic for those affected by wildfires.