American Red Cross Funds Critical Medical Care in Haiti

 MEDIA CONTACT:  Julie Sell, Spokesperson, American Red Cross – Haiti Delegation  sellj@usa.redcross.org or + (509) 3488-5864

Country’s Only Critical Care and Trauma Center Now Open until June 2011

The American Red Cross has committed $2.76 million to underwrite operating expenses at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare Critical Care Trauma and Rehabilitation Program in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, allowing the facility to remain open until the middle of next year.

 The hospital operates 24/7 for the general public, providing the only critical care and trauma services for all of Haiti. Funding from this agreement will support essential medical services, including operating expenses, payroll and administrative fees.

“After the catastrophic earthquake in January, we treated tens of thousands of Haitians; and continue today to treat as many critically ill and injured patients as any major metropolitan medical center in the United States,” said Dr. Barth Green, the Co-Founder and President of Project Medishare. “Thanks to the American Red Cross and their generous support, we are now able to continue to provide this crucial medical safety net for the people of Haiti.”

The Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare employs 160 Haitian staff members of which approximately 147 are healthcare professionals. They are joined by more than a dozen full time international staff providing specialized services, including an on-the-job mentoring program.

This one-of-a-kind facility in Haiti offers critical care treatment for adults and children in well-equipped intensive care units and operating rooms supported by a modern medical laboratory and a well-supplied pharmacy as well as advanced imaging technology. 

“To meet the greatest needs after the Haiti devastating earthquake, we have done our best to support meaningful projects and programs, some of which are outside the scope of our traditional response and recovery work,” said David Meltzer, Senior Vice President of International Services for the American Red Cross. “Through our partnership with Project Medishare, we expect to provide treatment to an estimated 27,600 critically ill and injured patients over the course of the next year.”

“Had it not been for extremely decisive action by the American Red Cross, this significant trauma hospital in Port au Prince would have closed,” said actor Sean Penn, the founder of the J/P Haitian Relief Organization. “I applaud them.”

While Project Medishare continues its life-saving work, the Haitian Ministry of Health and the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission are working to develop a sustainable national critical care, trauma and rehabilitation plan and facilities to serve the long-term needs of the people of Haiti.

The American Red Cross is supporting a number of other health initiatives in Haiti. It has already provided $3.8 million to Partners in Health in order to support expenses at Haiti’s University hospital in Port-au-Prince.  The American Red Cross is also helping to fund the Red Cross field hospital in Carrefour with a grant of $1.8 million; as well as supporting the International Committee of the Red Cross with $1.4 million to help build a prosthetics and rehab center for Haitians injured in the quake.

Thank you Festival Foods for your Support Locally & Internationally

(L-R) Mark Skogen, CEO Festival Foods, Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communcations Director, American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter, and Steve Hansen, Northeast Wisconsin American Red Cross Regional Chapter Executive.

FOX 11 recognized for Haiti help

Red Cross gives award for Concert for Haiti – click HERE for Video of Story

APPLETON – The American Red Cross is recognizing local groups for providing help to those affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti. That includes FOX 11.

Anchors Tom Milbourn and Michelle Melby were at Thursday night’s “Heroes Recognition” ceremony at the Performing Arts Center in Appleton to pick up this award.

It honors FOX 11 and Lawrence University for putting on the ” Concert for Haiti ” special to raise money for relief efforts.

You can still watch the Concert for Haiti and learn how to help by following this link .

Langlade Elementary School Show How Knowledge is Power!

Langlade Elementary School held its first annual knowledge-athon event called Brain-a-mania.  Students were given a pre-determined number of questions per the respective grade level four weeks prior to the event.  The students were responsible for finding the answers to these curriculum based questions.  On the day of the Brain-a-mania event, parents and community volunteers came to school and, in a one-on-one format, asked the students questions and the students provided the answers.  Families were able to optionally pledge their students.  The students were able to positively impact the pledge amount with the demonstration of their knowledge.  It was a wonderful event to couple the power of knowledge and service.  The event was a success and $1,008 was raised for rescue and rebuild efforts in Haiti by Red Cross.
 
In the photo, from left, Luke Pisani, Samantha Adler, Julia Pisani, Jackson Adler, Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communcations Director, American Red Cross, Mallory Fritsch, Trenton Van Den Heuvel and Jade Krueger.

Washington Middle School Presents Check for $700 for Haiti Relief

Washington Middle School, in Oconto Falls, presented a check for $700.00 for Haiti Relief to Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communcations Director, American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter at their Career Day 2010.

Power of YOUTH: Great Job Sullivan School

Mauree Childress, Director of Development, with a few of the Sullivan students!

Sullivan Elementary School, in Green Bay, had a penny war for Haiti led by the Unity Club.  They raised $1,115!  Thank you to the students and their advisor, Janell Peotter for your efforts!

Thank You to Associated Bank and Their Employees!

 

Phil Flynn, Associated Banc-Corp’s President and Chief Executive  Officer, presents $54,688.00 to Steve Maricque, Executive Director of  the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter, for Haitian Relief.

The employees of Associated Bank raised $27,344.00 through chili cookoffs, jeans days, buying days off, raffles and donations.  Associated Bank matched the funds the employees raised to total $54,688.00.