SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- A 15-member surgical care team from the Sutter Health network deployed Thursday from San Francisco International Airport to provide critical medical care to earthquake victims in Haiti. The team included general and orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, pulmonary acute care specialists and operating room nurses from Sutter Health-affiliated Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center and Mills-Peninsula Health Services.
The group departed for a seven-day volunteer effort in Port Au Prince. Sutter Health's team also transported much-needed medical supplies, surgical equipment and anesthesia medication to Haiti.
This effort to send much-needed medical personnel is part of Sutter Health's larger commitment to relief efforts. The network, comprised of physician organizations, hospitals and other health care service providers, announced last week its largest disaster-relief donation in the history of the health care system—$1.25 million to help the victims of the powerful earthquake in Haiti.
PHOTOS AND VIDEO CLIPS OF THE TEAM ARE AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING AT http://www.sutterhealth.org/about/news/news10_haiti_surgicalteam.html
Additional information about Sutter Health's $1.25 million donation is also available at http://www.sutterhealth.org/about/news/news10_haiti_relief.html
About Sutter Health
Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California's top-performing, highest quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women's and children's services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology.
SOURCE Sutter Health