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Operation Smile Expands Its Medical Efforts to Help Earthquake Victims in Haiti
Date:2/4/2010

e been working tirelessly to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti," said Operation Smile CEO and Co-founder Dr. Bill Magee. "Over the last two weeks, we have experienced first-hand the widespread need for quality medical and surgical treatment, which only deepens our resolve to provide long-term care to the people of Haiti."

Operation Smile is known for its 28-year history of providing cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries in developing countries and is not traditionally a disaster relief organization. However, the organization made a commitment to utilize its unique resources and quickly mobilize medical volunteers from around the world to provide assistance in Haiti. With over 4,000 Operation Smile credentialed medical volunteers and a presence in over 50 countries, the organization has immediate access to trained surgical and medical professionals who have experience working in difficult environments. In addition, the Operation Smile logistics team is skilled in deploying and organizing highly functional field hospitals in developing countries across the globe.

Many organizations have donated supplies, equipment and services to assist Operation Smile in their humanitarian mission in Haiti, including: Abbott, Actavis, AmeriCares, Covidien, Ethicon, Foundation for Orthopedic Trauma, Globus Relief, Hospira, Johnson & Johnson, MAP International, New St. Peter's Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Sentara Hospital, SIGN, Stryker, Swift Transportation, and Zimmer. Additional partners in the relief efforts include Harvard Medical School, MSV Foundation, Operation Blessing, Partners in Health, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Physicians for Peace, US SOUTHCOM and UVA School of Medicine.  For updates on Operation
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