In January 2010 an earthquake devastated Haiti, killing more than 230,000 people. WNC based Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care Medical Director, Dr. Ellen Lawson, led a medical team to the area shortly afterwards, but the caregivers were hampered without the use of a four-wheel-drive vehicle from reaching those suffering in more remote areas.
On Sunday, April 1, 2012, Dr. Ellen Lawson returned to Haiti along with Sister Jill Weber (Physical Therapy), Wendy Gade (EMT), Randy Lane (EMT), and Leah Singleton (Accounting/Logistics). This time around, mercy teammates raised more than $33,000 for a 4WD vehicle, dubbed the Mercy Wagon and gifted to Haitian physicians Drs. Vladimyr and Merline Roseau, enabling them to care for thousands of Haitian people living in crude tent cities.
The Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care staff continue to visit Haiti today to provide compassionate medical care to thousands of Haitians.
These blog entries have been relayed and transposed through numerous emails, text messages, and voicemails from Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care staff who are spending time in Haiti.