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Hospital Sends Aid to Haiti

Practicing physician will provide treatment, aid to quake victims

(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- Hanscy Seide, M.D., a cardiologist originally from Haiti who practices at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, will travel to Haiti tonight (1-14-10) to provide treatment and medical supplies to the survivors of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated millions of Haitians on Tuesday.

Medical team members from various departments of the hospital collected thousands of dollars worth of essential items including first aid kits, antibiotics, cast material, eye protective wear, syringes, hand sanitizer, scrubs, gauze and bandages, disinfecting wipes, toiletries and other supplies. Dr. Seide is taking the most essential of these items on his flight this evening and the hospital will mail the remainder of the medical items as soon as the doctor can direct them where they can be sent.

Dr. Seide’s mission is tri-fold. Both he and his wife have several family members that still live in Haiti and are unaccounted for, and they will attempt to make contact with them. While he is not providing care for survivors, he will try to make contact with the family of a hospital team member, also from Haiti, whose siblings are unaccounted for.

The doctor will be accompanied by his brother and sister, who are also practicing physicians. They plan to spend at least five days in Haiti. “I’m nervous,” Seide said when asked how he would feel upon arrival.

Late Thursday afternoon, Florida Hospital Memorial’s Pharmacy announced it would provide additional much-needed antibiotics to Dr. Seide. 

In less than 24 hours, more than $575 was collected from hospital team members. At the request of Dr. Seide, the money will be donated directly to Yele Haiti, a grassroots movement founded by Grammy Award winning musician Wyclef Jean that is raising money to provide aid to victims. 

About Florida Hospital
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center consists of two campuses, a 277-bed hospital in Daytona Beach and a 119-bed hospital in Ormond Beach. Our specialties include cardiology, emergency medicine, hospice, home health, imaging, laboratory, oncology, obstetrics, neurology, physician practices, rehabilitation and women’s services. In July 2009, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center opened as the replacement facility for Florida Hospital Ormond Memorial, which served the community for more than 42 years. Future plans include an onsite wellness center, fitness and walking trails and a child care center.