Canadian Medical Assistance Teams

Canadian Medical Assistance Teams

January 19, 2010 16:22 ET

Canadian Medical Assistance Teams Arrive in Leogane, Haiti

Orthopedic Surgeon and Anesthetist among medical volunteers setting up field hospital in 80% devastated region

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2010) - The Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT)'s second team of medical volunteers arrived safely in Port-au-Prince, Haiti late Monday evening. The team departed Toronto's Pearson International Airport early yesterday en route to Santo Domingo and was transported by bus to the earthquake affected area of Port-au-Prince.

An Orthopedic surgeon and an Anesthesiologist are among the medical volunteers deployed yesterday.

CMAT's initial assessment team greeted the incoming volunteers last evening and both teams traveled this morning from the Port-au-Prince airport base with the field hospital arriving early this afternoon in the Leogane region, approximately 35 minutes from Port-au-Prince with security escort.

"The city of Leogane, which has a population of 134,000, is about 80% devastated, including a 5-story nursing school" reports Valerie Rzepka, Registered Nurse and CMAT Chairperson, who is a member of CMAT's assessment team stationed in Haiti. "The people here are experiencing many fractures and wounds. Supplies are very limited. There are many amputations which we hope we will able to treat within the field hospital."

CMAT's medical assistance teams are working closely with the Canadian Forces in the Leogane region and secured a permanent location for the field hospital this afternoon.

Over the coming weeks CMAT is expecting to rotate medical teams in and out of the area.

CMAT's medical volunteer team members who are now on-the-ground in Haiti include:

CMAT Initial Assessment Team:
Valerie Rzepka
: Registered Nurse and CMAT Chairperson from Toronto, ON.
Bill Coltart, Paramedic and CMAT Regional Chair (Western Canada) from Comox, BC.
Sandra Hodge, Registered Nurse from Jasper, AB
Chris Kaley, Paramedic from Squamish, BC
Ryan Thorburn, Paramedic from Comox, BC.
Dave Johnson, Search and Rescue, Air Traffic Control and general logistics, Vancouver, BC.

CMAT Deployment Team #1
Carolyn Davies
, Nurse Practitioner and CMAT Team Leader from Amherstburg, ON
Kelly Churchill, ACP Paramedic, from Burnaby, BC
Ray Markham, MD, from Valemount, BC
Aric Rankin, Registered Nurse, from London, ON
Martin Metz, PCP Paramedic, from Courtenay, BC
Josef Owega, Medical-Physician, from McBride, BC,
Olivia June Soukup, Registered Nurse, from Camrose, AB
Maida Mrakovic, Medical-Nurse, from Mississauga, ON
Donna Eileen Johnson, Medical-Physician from Vancouver, BC
Kathryn Emma Bennett, Anesthesiologist, Vancouver, BC

Media Interview Opportunity:
Members of the CMAT team in Haiti are available for interviews via satellite phone or on location.
To request and coordinate an interview, please contact Shari Balga, CMAT Media Relations at 416-727-4101 /

CMAT is urgently making an appeal and asking for your help and generosity by making a donation to support our medical teams in their efforts to assist the Haitian people.
To make a donation, please visit:

About the Canadian Medical Assistance Team (CMAT):
Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT) is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-denominational charitable foundation registered in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. Established in December 2005, CMAT has earned a reputation as an important partner agency of the United Nations.

CMAT's mission states that by preserving human dignity, helping to reduce suffering and building capacity, CMAT aims to assist vulnerable communities most affected by poverty, conflict and natural disaster to heal their biological, psychological, and social wounds. For more information please visit Canadian Charitable Registration # 88439 3315 RR0001.

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