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Reflection from Haiti, January 17, 2010

Letter to employees from Bascom Palmer Chairman

I am pleased to tell you that Dr. James Banta arrived home safely from Haiti last night. You can read his eloquent and touching letter email here.

Shortly before Dr. Banta returned home, Dr. Richard Lee and I accompanied a Bascom Palmer team of four, led by Dr. Tom Johnson, to Ft. Lauderdale for their departure flight to Haiti. This team consists of Dr. Tom Johnson, Dr. Tom Shane, Ashlee Vainisi RN, and Emmanuel/Manny Paz CRNA.

As I mentioned earlier, Bascom Palmer’s medical relief efforts are being organized by Dr. Richard Lee, who had been planning on traveling with this group to Haiti. When we learned from medical personnel in Haiti that pain management was critically needed in the field hospitals, Dr. Lee gave up his seat on the plane for Manny Paz. This team is well suited for the current needs: Manny is a nurse anesthetist in the operating room and has had prior disaster experience having volunteered in Asia following the tsunami; Ashlee Vainisi is a family nurse practitioner working as an RN at Bascom Palmer in the minor OR with extensive urgent care and critical care experience; Dr. Shane is a well trained senior resident who can perform anterior segment surgery; and of course, Dr. Tom Johnson is a superb oculoplastic surgeon.

Have a good day and thank you again for your outpouring of support for the Haitian people.

Eduardo Alfonso, M.D.

Chairman, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute