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Uploaded on Apr 1, 2010

BCFS DEPLOYS THIRD TEAM TO HAITI FOR RELIEF AND RECOVERY

At the request of Hospital Adventist in Haiti, BCFS will deploy its third response team on Saturday to support medical rotations and fulfill other unmet needs. BCFS team will be comprised of three physicians, two registered nurses, and two paramedics from the agencys incident management team.

BCFS is a committed partner in the mission of returning operations at Hospital Adventist to normal, said BCFS President Kevin C. Dinnin. Without question, this is going to be a long row to hoe. But with support from both the local and international community, in addition to well-coordinated long-term recovery efforts among relief organizations, I am confident that this goal is attainable.

BCFS first began working with Hospital Adventist in February. The agency successfully implemented U.S. National Incident Management System principles to bring command and control to the surging facility.

Today, patient flow remains high, as the hospital cares for more than a quarter of the citys population suffering from injuries and disease. BCFS Chief Medical Officer and San Antonio critical care physician Dr. David Marks continues to express concern about the need for robust disease management initiatives going into Haitis rainy season. In particular, dysentery and cholera are prominent threats to victims now living in tent communities.

In addition to its work with Hospital Adventist, BCFS is coordinating long-term recovery programs with a number of Texas universities, hospitals, and human service organizations.

Medical professionals who are interested in volunteering on future mission trips should visit www.bcfs.net. Donations to BCFS relief and recovery efforts can also be made online.

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BCFS is a health and human services organization with locations and programs in the United States as well as Eastern Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa. The organization is a national leader in medical sheltering and provides critical emergency support services to state and local governments during disasters. BCFS also provides residential services and emergency shelters for abused or neglected children, assisted living services and vocational training for special needs adults, mental health services for children and families, foster care and adoption services, pre-natal and post-partum health services, and international humanitarian aid for children living in impoverished conditions in developing countries.

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