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Creighton Raises $220,000 for Haiti Earthquake Victims

Creighton Raises $220,000 for Haiti Earthquake Victims

Creighton University has received $220,000 to date from donors interested in helping to fund the University’s efforts to provide relief to victims of Haiti’s Jan. 12 earthquake, University officials announced today, Feb. 25. About 200 donors have contributed money thus far.

“Creighton supporters and the Omaha community have been very generous in their support of the University’s efforts to help meet the overwhelming medical needs of the earthquake survivors,” said the Rev. Andrew Alexander, S.J., Creighton vice president for University Ministry.

So far, five Creighton-led health care teams have traveled to the Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) in Santiago, Dominican Republic. There they have boarded a bus for a seven-hour trip to the Dominican border town of Jimani, about 30 miles from Port-au-Prince, to care for Haiti earthquake victims. The first team arrived in Jimani on Jan. 16.

A large part of Creighton’s success in reaching earthquake victims only days after the disaster stems from the University’s long-term relationship with ILAC, Fr. Alexander noted. For more than 20 years, Creighton health sciences faculty and students have conducted many health clinics throughout the year at ILAC.

To date, Creighton, with the help of such community partners as Alegent Health, Midwest Surgical Hospital and others, has sent a total 38 health care professionals to help the Haiti earthquake victims as well as thousands of pounds of medical supplies.

Creighton is evaluating how it can best continue to meet Haiti’s earthquake relief needs, Fr. Alexander said. “The need is still great and will be for a long time to come.”

To make financial donations visit CREIGHTON'S RELIEF EFFORT.

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On Feb. 28, Creighton University hosted a brunch at the Mike and Josie Harper Center for Student Life and Learning honoring health care workers who helped treat survivors of the Haiti earthquake. Pictured are (L-R) Dr. Charles Filipi, Dr. Theresa Townley, Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, and Dr. Brian Loggie. Filipi, Townley and Loggie helped organize and/or lead the teams. Nelson helped arrange airlifts for nearly 40 critically ill patients to medical facilities offering higher levels of care.