Upstate News

January 25, 2010
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate Medical community responds to request for Haiti earthquake relief efforts

The Upstate Medical University community is responding to the crisis in Haiti in the wake of the Jan. 12 earthquake.

In just a few hours last week, donors contributed more than $4,100 at the Haiti Relief table in the second floor elevator lobby outside of Café 750 in Upstate University Hospital. Donations will continue to be accepted at locations across campus through January. (See list below).

The Office of Community Outreach and Global Health Education (COGHE) and Team Upstate are collecting donations to
aid three agencies playing key roles in relief efforts — the American Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, and Partners in Health.

Upstate has close ties with Haiti, with eight students from Haiti enrolled at the university. Five second-year medical students spent the recent holiday break there, donating medical supplies and volunteering at the main hospital and bringing clothing for children in orphanages. They returned to classes before the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake.

Brian Buckley, one of the students, said he is thankful he got to see Haiti before the earthquake. Medical care there, even before Jan. 12, was far from ideal. “Haiti’s going to need a lot of help for a long time,” Buckley said.

For a glimpse of the students’ experience, including photos, visit student Nate Herr’s blog at http://www.naterr.com/wordpress/?m=201001

Haiti relief donations are also being accepted at the following campus locations:

? President’s Office, 1158 Weiskotten Hall
? College of Health Professions, Dean’s Office, 1108 Silverman Hall
? Radiology, Ste. 105, 550 Harrison
? Foundation, 326 Campus Activities Building
? Jacobsen Hall lobby
? IMT, Widewaters, Building 5793, Room 231
? Perinatal Center, 3118 UHCC
? Marketing and Public Relations, Fourth Floor, 250 Harrison St.
? College of Nursing, Room 311, 545 Cedar Street
? Office of Community Outreach and Global Education, 217 Weiskotten Hall
? Volunteer Initiatives, 1500A Upstate University Hospital

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