Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Project HOPE's CEO and Other U.S. Business Leaders Visit Volunteers

Last weekend, we had a special visit from Project HOPE’s CEO Dr. John Howe, who was joined by business and professional leaders from the U.S. who wanted to see how the mission is conducted on the front lines. They were able to see the clinic at the Otto Martinez School, where two HOPE volunteers were working.

Here is Dr. Ellen Marmur, the Chief of Dermatological and Cosmetic Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, observing HOPE volunteer Elie Malloy take information from a patient at the admissions desk.

And here is Candace Strother, President of Daybreak Wellness Solutions, with Emily of Helicopter Fame and patients in a waiting area.

The group spent a night on the Comfort, and after dinner, they met for more than an hour with the HOPE volunteers.

Here, Douglas Baker, CEO of Ecolab (seated between Dr. Howe and Dave Eddy) listens to Michele Okamoto share her experiences.

Later, the group toured the USNS Comfort, meeting HOPE volunteer Linda Brant who explained how the Intensive Care Unit operates on the ship. The Commodore and Captain Ware also gave the business leaders a briefing and discussed issues of vital interest to future missions.

Group photo provided by COL Bill Costello (U.S Southern Command)

(From left to right) John M. B. O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Tactronics; Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, J.E. Robert Companies; Dr. Ellen Marmur, Chief of Dermatologic and Cosmetic Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center; Dr Douglas Baker, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ecolab; John P. Howe, III, M.D. President and Chief Executive Officer of Project HOPE; Mel Immergut, Chairman of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP; Col. William Costello, U.S. Army, Director Public Affairs, U.S. Southern Command; Lisa Samson, Deputy Director, Public-Private Cooperation, U.S. Southern Command; David A. Siegel, President and Chairman of the Board, Westgate Resorts/Central Florida Investments; Candace L. Strother, President of Daybreak Wellness Solutions;François M. de Visscher, President of de Visscher & Co.

We really appreciate their interest in what we’re doing out here and their support!

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