Dr. Charles Gulas, Dean of the School of Health Professions at Maryville University. Photo taken on September 8, 2008. By Lakisha Jackson
(KMOV)—A Maryville University dean was found safe in Haiti.
Dean Charles Gulas has been in Haiti on a staff sabbatical this month, working with Health Volunteers Overseas in a mission to educate local health care providers. He is stationed at Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Deschappelles, Haiti, located two hours from Port Au Prince. The hospital staff is treating patients from the Port Au Prince region and posting earthquake relief reports on at www.hashaiti.org
Periodic reports from Haiti by Dean Gulas are posted on his blog.
Maryville University is asking the community to support Red Cross efforts in Haiti on behalf of Dean Gulas’ work, or to make donations to the Hospital Albert Schweitzer.
Dean Gulas' letter to News 4
I am in Deschapelles Haiti, and I was teaching in a Rehabilitation Aide Training Program. This is my second year here in Deschapelles and my third trip to Haiti.
There is minimal damage here in Deschapelles. There was severe ground trembling during the quake and there have been more than 10 aftershocks. There was a huge amount of screaming and yelling from the market here in Deschapelles comparable to a soccer stadium.
A school collapsed in Petite Rivieria which is near here and Hopital Albert Schweitzer first received some people with injuries early last evening.
Today we are receiving people with injuries brought in trucks from Port au Prince. I assisted in triage today and I can report at times from the number of people being carried into the hospital by family members. At times patients are brought in and evaluated on the floor since the entire observation area is full.
All of the halls here are full waiting for surgery or X-ray. The entire medical staff is Haitian and they did a tremendous job with this continued stream of patients.
It is 2.5 hour trip from Port so most of these patients were stable with moderate to severe fractures, crushed limbs, lacerations and contusions. I spent considerable time with a young girl with a compound fracture of her leg, she and her mother were very brave considering that the bone was protruding through her skin. I cannot imagine her ride in the back of a truck from Port au Prince. She is now in surgery.
I have some pics from outside the Hopital I will try to send later.
I understand the airport in PAP is closed so my trip home may be postponed. I was planning on returning the end of January.
Here is the morning report from the Hopital
Morning Report Wednesday, 13 January 2010
The halls are filled with people who have come in overnight; all nurses and residents were called in to handle a large number of new patients - traumatic injuries, mostly. Hard to get a social history, but several reports of collapses of multi-story buildings in Petite Riviere.
The influx has been handled professionally by the all-Haitian medical staff and nurses - although all available gurneys and benches are occupied, patients are triaged and staged along the corridor to the operating suite and lab/radiology.
Families and friends wait anxiously outside, while the necessary care is provided calmly and quietly. Among the most serious impacts has been the loss of communications as the cell phone towers collapsed; everyone in this area has family in Port-au-Prince, with no contact. Several people left last night for PauP, taking public transport as far as possible, and then prepared to walk several miles into town to check on family members and to report back to anxious relatives.
Unfortunately, Haiti has a long experience with natural disasters, including floods, hurricanes and mudslides; each one reinforces our awareness of the fragility of the formal social service system, and the strength of the informal systems, where communities and families come together to care for victims and to ensure that the most seriously injured come to HAS and other facilities. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT as HAS continues to provide the highest possible care to the earthquake victims.
We are grateful for the many messages of support; time and demands don't allow for personal answers, but be assured of our appreciation. We appreciate your concern, and will continue to offer updates as time allows.