Friday, July 9, 2010

Meet the Project HOPE Team for Indonesia

A new rotation of Project HOPE medical volunteers boarded the USNS Mercy to bring health care and education to people in Indonesia. The 20 volunteers began their one month mission that will take them to Ternate, Tidore and Ambon Indonesia as part of the U.S. Navy’s continuing Pacific Partnership 2010.

Kathryn Allen is a writer and first time HOPE volunteer. She works for an agency in Troy, New York that serves people living in poverty, victims of domestic violence, children with developmental delays and adults with mental illness. While aboard the USNS Mercy, Kathryn is volunteering as the Public Affairs Officer.

Dr. Lynn Bemiller is a hematologist-oncologist from San Diego, California. She is both a former Naval Officer and an experienced HOPE volunteer, serving onboard the USNS Comfort in 2009. She is currently volunteering as HOPE’s Medical Director.

Vickie Bryant is an emergency room (ER) nurse from San Luis Obispo, California. She is a first time HOPE volunteer who is assisting as an Emergency Room Nurse.

Sheila Cardwell, a nurse from St. Marks Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah is a five-time HOPE volunteer. Onboard the USNS Mercy, Sheila is working as a Medical Surgery Nurse.

Brian Cox is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Pharmacy program at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. On his first mission with Project HOPE, Brian is volunteering in the Pharmacy Department aboard the USNS Mercy.

Linda Crowell, from Murphy Medical Center in Murphy, North Carolina has more than 40 years experience scrubbing and circulating in all major and minor surgical procedures. This first-time HOPE volunteer is putting those years of experience to work as an Operating Room Nurse aboard the USNS Mercy.

Vanessa Doorasamy a nurse from Tenet Health Care in Miami Florida is is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. Vanessa is currently enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner/ Master of Science in nursing program at Florida International University. She is serving as a nurse aboard the USNS Mercy.

Ellen Fernando is a certified Pediatric Critical Care RN and a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. She works at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian in the pediatric intensive care unit. Onboard the USNS Mercy, Ellen is volunteering as a Pediatric Nurse.

Julie Horak from Martinsburg, West Virginia is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Pharmacy program at Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia. On her first mission with Project HOPE, Julie is volunteering in the Pharmacy Department aboard the USNS Mercy.

Dawn Horowitz a nurse from Broward Health in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Dawn brings 30 years of medical experience to her first volunteer experience with Project HOPE.

Dr. Robert “Alan” Jamison is a retired Pediatrician from Morristown, Tennessee. A first-time Project HOPE, volunteer, Dr. Jamison is working as a Pediatrician onboard the hospital ship and ashore in Indonesia.

Dr. April Kranz, from the San Diego Family Care in San Diego Californian is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. She is working in Internal Medicine onboard USNS Mercy.

John Nett is a pharmacist from Williamsburg, Virginia with 15 years of pharmacy experience following a 24-year career as an active duty Air Force officer. A two-time Project HOPE volunteer, John is using his pharmacy skills to treat patients and teach and mentor pharmacy students in Indonesia.

Rachel Newton, from Sandy Hook, Connecticut, currently works at Bridgeport Hospital's Burn Center. A first-time HOPE volunteer, Rachel is serving as a Medical Surgery Nurse aboard the USNS Mercy.

Kirit Patel, a self-employed anesthesiologist from Birmingham, Alabama is on his third mission for Project HOPE. Aboard the USNS Mercy, Kirit is using his anesthesiology expertise to assist with surgeries.

Faye Pyles, a pediatric nurse practitioner from Norfolk with more than 30 years experience, is on her fourth mission with Project HOPE including a volunteer mission aboard the USNS Mercy in Southeast Asia in 2008. Faye is retired after 25 years from the Navy. She is volunteering as HOPE’s Chief Nursing Officer and Operations Officer during the entire Pacific Partnership 2010 mission including Vietnam, Cambodia and now Indonesia.

Dr. Mary Reed a surgeon and intensivist from Geisinger Medical Center in Catawissa, Pennsylvania is on her second mission with Project HOPE. She is performing surgeries onboard the USNS Mercy.

Randall Roark, Ph.D., from Florida International University (FIU) College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Miami, Florida is a first time HOPE volunteer. He is using his skills to treat patients and teach and mentor nurse practitioner students in Indonesia.

Laura Schlansker, a nurse from Children’s Hospital of Boston in Boston, Massachusetts is working as an Intensive Care Nurse on the USNS Mercy.

Gabrielle Seibel, a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Seattle Children's and Odessa Brown Children's Clinic in Seattle, Washington, is on her fourth mission for Project HOPE. She is working as a pediatric Nurse Practitioner on the USNS Mercy.

1 comment:

  1. You guys are outstanding! The world needs more folks like you. Thanks for your excellent service and especially in bringing smiles to many less fortunate ones. God Bless..