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Jul 30 2010

NYIT Alumnus Continues to Lead Relief Efforts in Haiti

 

NYIT Alumnus Continues to Lead Relief Efforts in Haiti

 New York, N.Y. (July 30, 2010) – Six months after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) alumnus Father Rick Frechette (D.O. ’98) continues to be at the forefront of relief efforts. Frechette, a physician, American Catholic priest, community organizer, and alumnus of NYIT’s School of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM), has worked with Compassion Weavers: The St. Luke Haiti Mission to help build 4,000 square meters of campground for displaced children, which opened this month and is serving an initial group of 350 children. In addition, the charity has helped rebuild eight schools, including one for deaf and blind children. Compassion Weavers also funds a number of other projects, including St. Germaine, a program for prosthetics and rehabilitation; St. Luke Field Hospital; and St. Damien Children’s Hospital, the only free pediatric hospital in Haiti, co-founded by Frechette in 1987.

 

“The people of Haiti deserve a place at the table of life, they are among the best friends I have ever had, and it is a joy to work with them toward building a better world,” said Frechette, who has been living and working in Haiti since 1987.

  

After the earthquake, Frechette launched St. Luke Field Hospital, and stepped up grassroots fundraising efforts to expand hospital facilities. As a result of those efforts,  St. Luke Field Hospital has a new prefabricated surgery room, portable CT scanner, and ambulance, donated by the government of Spain. Frechette continues to actively recruit medical professionals, including surgeons and anesthesiologists, who are still very much in need in Haiti.

 

Since January, NYCOM faculty, staff, and alumni have also participated in relief efforts in Haiti. Edward Cho, D.O., MPH, assistant professor of emergency medicine at NYCOM and associate director of NYIT’s Center for Global Health, has been working with Doctors United for Haiti and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in creating a database to health care providers in Port-au-Prince with medical professionals in the United States. 

 

In the weeks immediately following the earthquake, Frechette was joined in Haiti  by fellow NYCOM alumni including Scott Bomann (D.O. ’98),  Tish Tweedie (D.O. ‘98), Sharon Kohler (D.O. ’98), Yanick Vibert (D.O. ’98), Robert Ferris (D.O. ’98) who flew to Port-au-Prince to provide medical services, and Michael Pallaci (D.O. ’98) who made a donation to relief efforts.

 

For information about Frechette’s work in Haiti, visit compassionweavers.com or contact:

Amy Wu
Global Communications Specialist 
646.273.6008
awu@nyit.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

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