Dr. Ben Levine from Massachusetts and Dr. Geoff Haft evaluate an earthquake victim.
When the desperate need for help and support for the people of Haiti rose after a devastating earthquake, Sanford Health & MeritCare stepped in to help. In January, a team of physicians and support staff left Sioux Falls and headed to the area to aid in relief efforts. The team of physicians and staff organized themselves like a military style operation to bring needed medical services and supplies to the Haiti area.
The Sanford Health & MeritCare team partnered with Children of the Nations International, a reputable organization in the Haiti area with a facility and assets who helped set up operations and assisted with immediate medical attention.
“Our mission was to go down and make a meaningful impact on as many patients as we could. I like to believe we accomplished that,” said Geoffrey Haft, MD with Sanford Clinic Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.
MeritCare also sent a team to the area in February. In addition, Sanford Health & MeritCare established a “Haiti Relief Fund” through the Foundation. Contributions can be made at either the Sanford Health Foundation or MeritCare Foundation. Write “Haiti Medical Relief Effort” on the memo line.