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Third Group Leaves to Help Haiti Earthquake Victims

Third Group Leaves to Help Haiti Earthquake Victims

Creighton physician Theresa Townley and 11 nurses from Creighton, Bergan Mercy Medical Center and Midwest Surgical Hospital, left Friday, Jan. 22, to help treat victims of the Jan. 12 Haiti earthquake. They are the third group that Creighton has sent in recent days to the Dominican border town of Jimani, located about 30 miles from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The group flew from TAC Air at Eppley Airfield.

Over a 12-hour period, Midwest Surgical Hospital, its physicians and its partners raised $40,000 to pay for the flight. TAC Air also donated $2,000 in de-icing services Friday to get the 15-seat passenger jet off the ground.

“Honestly it wasn’t difficult to raise that amount of money in such a short time period. Everyone has wanted to do something to help, and we knew that Creighton would use the money to provide direct relief to the earthquake victims,” said Dr. Stephen Doran of Midwest.

Aaron Filipi, son of Dr. Charles Filipi, (who is coordinating the Creighton trips from Omaha), and his wife Megan alerted friends at Midwest Surgical Hospital about the need and helped with the fundraising.

Friday’s flight also included much needed medical and equipment supplies that will be used in Jimani. Creighton officials hope to secure a cargo plane to take another estimated 10,000 pounds in medical supplies, many donated by Alegent Health System, to the Dominican Republic.

Photo: Dr. Theresa Townley waits with husband Luke Thomas and their children, Joshua, 5, and Rebecca, 9, as she prepares to fly from TAC Air at Eppley Airfield in Omaha.