With Pacific Partnership 2012 halfway through, the Project HOPE medical team aboard the USNS Mercy are joined by 17 new volunteers that bring a new set of skills to the table.
Filled with Project HOPE veterans and first timers, the new volunteers are very excited to be able to help the people in Southeast Asia in some small way.
Marybeth Wargo, a Pediatric Nurse from Austin, Texas who is volunteering with HOPE until the end of Vietnam is excited to see the new Project HOPE volunteers aboard.
"It is refreshing to have new energy and skill sets flowing through the medical wards," says Wargo. "Some of the new volunteers have been doing these sorts of missions for many years, and I look forward to working with them all.”
Dr. Douglas Dulli, a physician from Madison, Wisconsin is a first-time volunteer with Project HOPE. He has participated in several medical missions before and he is looking forward to being a part of a larger humanitarian mission.
"I want to use this as a training platform for the University of Wisconsin to have more involvement," says Dulli.
Ravipal Singh,a Pharmacist from Renton, Washington and a first-time volunteer with Project HOPE will be working in the Pharmacy Department aboard the USNS Mercy.
Singh will also be the mentor to the pharmacy students from Shenandoah University.
"I look forward working with the students to help them advance in their careers and work with wonderful people," he says.
Randy Roark, a Nurse Practitioner and a professor at Florida International University and a fourth-time volunteer with Project HOPE.
Having been on both land and sea-based missions Roark is excited to be a part of the Pacific Partnership 2012 medical team.
"I am really looking forward to helping the students to get more independent practice and valuable international experience," says Roark.
Christina Grass, a Nurse from Big Pine Key, Florida, is a returning volunteer, having served on Pacific Partnership during 2011 aboard the USS Cleveland.
"It is going to be very exciting seeing the difference between the USNS Mercy and the USS Cleveland when it comes to patient care," says Grass. "It was a great experience last year, and cannot wait to make new memories this year."
More on the new group of volunteers tomorrow!
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