Local Emergency Caregivers Depart for Haiti to Aid in Earthquake Disaster Relief
San Diego-based International Relief Teams (IRT), an international humanitarian and healthcare nonprofit organization, will deploy its initial emergency medical team to Haiti on Saturday, January 16. The team will depart the Commuter Terminal at Lindbergh Field on American Airlines flight #3064 at 8:05 PM to Los Angeles on the first leg of 2 week assignment in Haiti.
Nathan Watson, M.D. (La Jolla) is an emergency room doctor at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. Dr. Watson served with International Relief Teams after the Nias Island earthquake and the resultant tsunami. Rick Goldsberry, R.N. (Brawley) on the staff at PMH and is the Director of Emergency Medical Services Training programs at Imperial Valley College deployed with International Relief Teams following the earthquake in Kobe, Japan in 1995. Goldsberry has traveled to the countries of Latvia and Lithuania with IRT on 10 occasions since 1994 to help train the doctors and nurses in Advanced Cardiac Care.
The 5 member team of emergency physicians and nurses will be taking medical supplies, as well as tents, sleeping bags and other support items, and will be working under very austere conditions. IRT selected the team based upon their prior experience in working in disasters, either nationally or internationally. Three three other physicians, Colleen Buono, M.D. (Pacific Beach), Christian Sloane, M.D. (Del Mar) and Sean-Xavier Neath, M.D. (Mission Hills) are from UCSD Medical Center. Buono and Sloane had been previously deployed to Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina with CA-4, a Disaster Medical Assistance Team co-sponsored by UCSD Medical Center and International Relief Teams. Neath has had international experience with the Peace Corps in Haiti.
Personnel from IRT’s international partner, International Medical Corps (IMC) will meet the team in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic where additional medical supplies will be gathered for the final leg into Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
International Relief Teams (IRT), a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, has more than 21 years of experience in assisting victims of disasters, both nationally and internationally. During its history, IRT has deployed 355 disaster relief teams, and has delivered more than $73 million in emergency medicines and supplies to those in desperate need. IRT is recognized as a 4-star charity (the highest level) with Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator (http://www.charitynavigator.org%29/.
Donations to support IRT’s relief efforts can be made online at http://www.irteams.org/,
by mail: International Relief Teams
Attn: Haiti Earthquake
4560 Alvarado Canyon Rd, Suite 2G
San Diego, CA 92120
or by phone: (619) 284-7979