From the Harford County Government:
(Bel Air, MD) – Harford County Executive David R. Craig recently paid tribute to members of the University of Maryland Medical Team, a group of specialists from the University of Maryland Medical Center/R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, who traveled to Haiti earlier this year to provide much needed medical aid following a devastating earthquake which stuck the island. Those recognized by the County Executive were all residents of Harford County.
“All of Harford County is proud of the extraordinary efforts and selfless servicegiven by the physicians, nurses and technicians of the University of Maryland Medical Team that traveled to Haiti,” remarked County Executive David R. Craig. “These dedicated professionals reached out to provide aid for the hundreds of people in Haiti that were seriously injured as a result of one of the world’s most horrific natural disasters earlier this year,” Craig stated.
Those from Harford County receiving a County Executive’s Citation in recognition for their distinguished humanitarian service were: Dr. Ted Manson, John Connelly, Jacob Smith, Scot Roppelt, Shawn Trautman, William Haacke, Linda Goetz, Cozanne Brent, and Stephen Moyer.
Many members of the University of Maryland Medical Team remained in Haiti for months following the January earthquake. Team members treated those with immediate life-threatening injuries as well as those with fractures that healed badly and infections from wounds that did not heal amid the unsanitary conditions in the country.
The mission of the University of Maryland Medical Team has three primary goals: care for the injured; providing long-term support to the Haitian hospital where the team is working and helping to educate and support surviving Haitian physicians, nurses and other health care workers to continue caring for their people, as well as train and recruit others to replace hundreds of Haitian health care professionals that werekilled in the earthquake.