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Army helps volunteer transition at Project Medishare field hospital

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After logistics learned that the new volunteers would be arriving 12 hours later than planned, a group of Army medics, nurses, and PAs from Fort Bragg showed up to save the day. Photo by PJ Pitts.

By Jennifer Browning

Each Saturday, new medical volunteers arrive at the Project Medishare field hospital. New volunteers check in, unload luggage and supplies, and then begin to work with current volunteers who are about to fly back to the States.

Yesterday,  next group of volunteers were scheduled to arrive at 9 a.m., but due to mechanical issues, the team on the ground found out that the new group taking over wouldn’t be showing up until about 9 p.m. This meant that there would be no time for transition to appropriately do a hand-off to the new team, before the current volunteers returned home.

Logistics worked all day trying to figure out how to do the transition over the phone, and figuring out how to staff a hospital with a census of over 100 with less than 20 people.

“And then, as if an answer to a prayer, a group of Army medics, nurses, and PAs from Fort Bragg showed up to save the day!” pharmacist P.J. Pitts said. “They were here volunteering, after working hard days on base, to help us make it through this tough bit, we’d be lost without them!”

Those who have been on the ground at the field hospital know how circumstances can arise to prevent things going as planned. However, whether they be logistical, civilian or military medical, these volunteers find a way to make the best of their situation each day to continue providing important care.


*Thank you to returning volunteer PJ Pitts for sending in this report!