19 Project HOPE medical volunteers have embarked upon the USNS Mercy for more than four-months to provide health care and health education as part of the U.S. Navy Pacific Partnership 2012. The mission will provide medical services to thousands in Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Dr. Robert Baxt, a surgeon from Reisterstown, Maryland, is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. Dr. Baxt will be performing surgeries aboard the USNS Mercy throughout the Pacific Partnership 2012.Dr. Baxt sums up his motivation with a quote: "He who saves one life, is considered changing the entire world - Moss."
Dr. Lynn Bemiller, a retired Naval Reserve Captain who currently practices Hematology and Oncology in San Diego, California is a four-time Project HOPE volunteer. During Pacific Partnership 2012, Dr. Bemiller is serving as HOPE’s Medical Director. "I enjoy coming on these missions because I believe in health care capacity building, ” she says.
Angela Clegg, a first-time Project HOPE volunteer from Oceanside, California is working as a family nurse practitioner during her time with Pacific Partnership 2012. "I am looking forward learning new disease processes that are uncommon in the United States," says Clegg.
Seth Curtis, a medical student from University of Massachusetts, is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer working as a general medicine resident aboard the USNS Mercy. "I am interested in seeing how the United States military delivers medical care on a large scale," he says.
Alexis Hargbol is a fourth year pharmacy student from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, and a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. "I am looking forward to learning the culture and medical aspects in the countries we are going to," says Alexis.
Dr. Sam Hunt, a retired family practice doctor from Mason City, Iowa, is a first-time volunteer with Project HOPE. During Pacific Partnership 2012, Dr. Hunt will use his skills to provide family medicine services. "I am excited to see the smiles on the people that we help," he says.
Kofi Kyei-Mensah is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer and a fourth-year pharmacy student from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. "I am looking forward to the whole experience, and being able to serve a greater good," says Kyei-Mensah.
Jewel Maeda, a Nurse Midwife from the Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. "I believe that this is going to be an enjoyable mission, and looking forward to working with people from other nations," Maeda says.
Cortney Marsh a Registered Nurse from San Diego, California is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer working in the post-anesthesia care unit aboard the USNS Mercy while in Indonesia. "It will be an incredible experience to help the patients of Indonesia during the recovery phase," she says.
Sally Morris, a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Nurse from Decatur, Georgia is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. During Pacific Partnership 2012, Morris is serving in the Pediatric ward.
Julie Porucznik, a registered surgical nurse from San Diego, California, is a first time volunteer with Project HOPE. She is working in the main operating room aboard the USNS Mercy. "I am looking forward to going to all the host nations and visiting countries that I have not been to," she says.
Faye Pyles, a pediatric nurse practitioner and a retired Navy nurse captain from Norfolk, Virginia, is on her sixth volunteer mission with Project HOPE. Volunteering on the USNS Mercy for a third time, Pyles is currently serving as the operations officer for Project HOPE on Pacific Partnership 2012. “I am excited to see the look of happiness on the faces of the Project HOPE volunteers,” says Pyles.
Kristopher Radder, a photographer from Horseheads, New York, is on his third mission as a Project HOPE volunteer. This year, Kris joins the Pacific Partnership 2012 team, serving as the Public Affairs Officer, photographing and blogging about the work of the HOPE medical volunteers throughout the entire four-month mission to the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Zara Risoldi, an Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. A pharmacist, and health communication specialist, Risoldi is volunteering with pharmacy operations during Pacific Partnership 2012. "I always like to try things that challenge me, and I am excited for this adventure," she says.
Karen Rudderow, a nurse from Collingswood, New Jersey is a first-time volunteer with Project HOPE. "I am looking forward to working with the military, and helping out the people in the countries we are going to," she says.
Kelly Scatton, a Registered Nurse from Lake Forest, California is a first-time volunteer with Project HOPE. During Pacific Partnership 2012 she is working in the Intensive Care Unit aboard the USNS Mercy. "I am excited to learn and grow as a nurse," she says.
Molly Torvik, a Registered Nurse from Eden Prairie, Minnesota is a first-time volunteer with Project HOPE. Torvik will be using her emergency department nursing skills serving in the causality room on the USNS Mercy where she will l help receive patients. "I am looking forward to meeting different people and seeing how they operate medically," says Torvik.
Dr. Sharon Weintraub is a general surgeon from Baltimore, Maryland. A third-time volunteer for Project HOPE, Dr. Weintraub will be screening patients and performing surgeries onboard the USNS Mercy.
Megan Weeks, a medical student from University of Massachusetts, is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. She is serving as a general medicine resident aboard the USNS Mercy. "I am excited understanding how the military brings medical care to other parts of the world," she says.
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