Monthly Archives: October 2016

Haiti: Hurricane Matthew

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screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-9-23-10-amHurricane Matthew has weighed heavily on our hearts at LEAP. Forces of nature seem to be a constant cause of worry and devastation for the Haitian people. When the 2010 earthquake hit, we devoted every resource we had to aid in international disaster relief. It is what inspired us to start our International Disaster Relief program. We will soon travel to Port-au-Prince via our Mission Program with both joy at the new Emergency Room that we recently built at Hopital Espoir and sorrow for all that was lost in the western edge of Haiti in this latest weather event. Please join us in praying for those who lost loved ones, their homes and their sense of place. May they feel the mighty presence of God’s love.

Haiti: Construction Team Highlights (5/5)

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img_7345Our construction team traveled home on Saturday, September 24. This team put their hearts and souls into this project, all to honor the work that Robin and Dr. Craig Hobar began in 1991. Janet and Pat Ortega led our construction team on this expanded project and the Pediatric Ward project in 2014.

These legacy projects enable our host hospital to provide optimal medical and surgical care that will bless the lives of countless children, their families, and neighbors living in the Port-au-Prince area. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank the Ortegas and all who were involved — what an amazing humanitarian construction team!

Haiti: Construction Team Highlights (3/5)

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hproject-9-18-16-2On Sunday, September 18, the construction team worked a few hours to stay on schedule and had a pizza party for lunch, something that is a true splurge in Haiti. Afterward, the team rested the remainder of the day, the first time since they began the project, only to start again early the next morning.

This team was such a hard working group of devoted men and one extraordinary woman who continued to work alongside local Haitians and taught them new techniques along the way. Many of the locals were also part of the construction team that worked on the Pediatric Ward in 2014.

Haiti: Construction Team Highlights (2/5)

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Our construction team in Haiti arrived at the hospital to quickly begin work on the vacant shell that was soon to be the new Outpatient Clinic. In addition to our team, local Haitians also worked to begin framing the walls, sheet rocking, and framing out the doors by Day Three. The team completely embraced the heart of this project that was quickly unfolding to include a very fun work site.

Haiti: Construction Team Highlights (1/5)

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img_7351We wanted to share a special series this week about the extraordinary accomplishment of our volunteer construction team, led by long-time supporters Janet and Pat Ortega. After several months of planning, they very quietly traveled to Haiti on September 11 to build an Emergency Room with an Operating Room and Recovery Room, along with a new Outpatient Clinic, in only 14 days at our host hospital, Hopital Espoir. This was all completed to honor Robin and Dr. Craig Hobar for their 25 years of humanitarian service, an honorary award and gift given to them by Ellen and Clayton Kershaw.  
 
img_7350Our seasoned construction team that traveled with the Ortegas included Jim Andrews, Harry Steed, and Dustin Warren. 
 
In order for the project to start smoothly, the hospital staff had to clear out a significant area of the hospital located under the Pediatric Ward, which was built largely by the same team in 2014. This was a major undertaking by the hospital with pre-planning by Janet and Pat, but all was ready whenever our team arrived.  

Haiti Team Nurses

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Circulator Co-Lead Charlie Lin, RN

Circulator Co-Lead Charlie Lin, RN

LEAP’s mission trip to Haiti is next week! Our nurse leadership team includes: Circulator Co-Leads John Faulkner, RN and Charlie Lin, RN and Recovery Lead Lori Allen, RN. They will work together to provide exceptional leadership and nursing care for our patients.

We are particularly thankful to our nurse leads who prepare and pack medical supplies to travel with our team. This allows us to be best prepared in the mission field and is a critical element to the overall team.

Over the last five years, LEAP has traveled biannually to Port-au-Prince to provide hope, help and healing to the beautiful children of Haiti. We are blessed by our wonderful local partners who work tirelessly to help facilitate our mission of service.

Haiti Surgical Team

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img_6818LEAP’s mission trip to Haiti is just around the corner! In the plastic surgery operating room will be LEAP Founder and Medical Director Dr. Craig Hobar, Dr. Steve Orten, and ENT Dr. John McClay. In the second operating room, pediatric urologist and LEAP Board Member Dr. Clanton Harrison and pediatric urology fellow Dr. Adam Kern, who is new to LEAP, will work together to provide exceptional surgical care.

We are thankful to these humanitarian surgeons and to our other medical volunteers who give their time and talents to selflessly serve these children in need. Over the last five years, LEAP has traveled biannually to Port-au-Prince to provide hope, help and healing to the beautiful children of Haiti. We are blessed by our wonderful local partners who work tirelessly to help facilitate our mission of service.

Haiti Anesthesia Team

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Dr. Latha Kampalath (right) with Dr. Pooja Dalsania (left)

Dr. Latha Kampalath (right) with Dr. Pooja Dalsania (left)

LEAP’s mission trip to Haiti is just around the corner! Leading our anesthesia team is pediatric anesthesiologist Dr. Latha Kampalath. Also on the anesthesia team are seasoned LEAPer Phuong Luong and anesthesia fellow Dr. Danielle Claypool, who will be traveling with LEAP for the very first time.

To each of these humanitarian anesthesia providers and to our other medical volunteers who give their time and talents to selflessly serve these children in need, we are most grateful.

Over the last five years, LEAP has traveled biannually to Port-au-Prince to provide hope, help and healing to the beautiful children of Haiti. We are blessed by our wonderful local partners who work tirelessly to help facilitate our mission of service.