The focus of the Haiti trip will be on treating spinal cord, amputation and orthopedic patients.
“We’re teaching patients how to live again,” said Matchelle Bristol, admissions manager for Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital. “Our goal is to bring people back to life -- to get them back to what they're used to be doing.”
Bristol, a native Haitian, will be working as a translator between the doctors and patients. The trip is especially meaningful for her because she lost several family members in the earthquake and has other loved ones trying to rebuild their lives in Haiti.
Aside from doctors and nurses, there will be physical therapists and a prosthetician lending their time and skills.
The volunteers will be working at a 500-bed tent hospital in Port-au-Prince, instead of the modern facility they are used to in Rockville.
Adventist HealthCare is also donating medical supplies such as vaccines, scrubs and bandages for the trip.
The Rockville volunteers plan to be down in Port-au-Prince for one week.