Hudson Valley Orthopaedic Surgeon Dedicates Time in Haiti
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March 8, 2012
Middletown, NY — Moved by photos and videos of the devastation after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Dr. Ronald Israelski, an orthopaedic surgeon at Hudson Valley Ambulatory Surgery and President and Founder of the not-for-profit organization, Orthopaedic Relief Services International (ORSI), felt compelled to help. Dr. Israelski had long dedicated his time toward relief efforts that provide orthopaedic surgery and program development for major hospitals in impoverished settings, and Haiti was in dire need of medical supplies and assistance. Dr. Israelski traveled to Haiti shortly after the earthquake and has since returned five more times, most recently in January 2012.
Dr. Israelski dedicated his time to General Hospital--l’Hopital de l’Université d’Etat d’Haïti (HUEH) in Port-au-Prince, where has been working, with assistance from Partners in Health (PIH) and the Ministry of Health, to build back the hospital’s orthopaedic department after the quake. HUEH is the country’s only university hospital with all specialties represented, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and was badly damaged by the quake. As part of his January trip, Dr. Israelski deployed and oversaw multiple teams who provided clinical and educational services to the residents of Port-au-Prince and education to orthopaedic residents at HUEH.
He also added to the tons of donated supplies and equipment, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, that he has coordinated and delivered over the past two years. Dr. Israelski will soon deploy teams from New York University, NY Medical College and other medical colleges in the New York area.
“HUEH is in desperate need of equipment and supplies, including items we take for granted such as air conditioning and bright lighting in the operating rooms, and materials for setting broken bones” says Israelski. “On this past visit, several of us spent time cutting surgical screws to the proper length because HUEH didn’t have screws that were the correct size.”
Dr. Israelski also partners in Haiti with IMEC which provides fully functional medical suites to world’s underdeveloped countries.
Haiti is among the most impoverished countries in the Americas, with the highest rates of malnutrition, infant mortality, and AIDS. PIH began as a small community clinic and grew into a medical complex with a hospital, women’s health clinic, blood bank, and other services. PIH is currently building a modern major university hospital in the central plateau to integrate with Ministry of Health and HUEH’s residency programs.
In addition to his work with HVAS, Dr. Israelski currently serves as Director of Medical Education at Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC), the Founder and former Director of ORMC’s Bone and Joint Center and previously served, for almost 10 years, as the former Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at ORMC. Dr. Israelski is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at NYU School of Medicine/Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York.
Hudson Valley Ambulatory Surgery, LLC, is located at 75 Crystal Run Road, Suite 225, Middletown, NY 10941. For additional information, please visit www.hudsonvalleyambulatorysurgery.com or call 845-692-9900.
About Hudson Valley Ambulatory Surgery: Established in 2007 by a small group of surgeons, Hudson Valley Ambulatory Surgery, LLC, provides state-of-the-art surgical care in a comfortable, friendly and professional setting. Operating exclusively as an independent Same Day Surgical Center, it specializes in ophthalmology, orthopedics, ENT, pain medicine, general surgery, podiatry and plastic surgery. The surgical center is comprised of 25 surgeons as well as nine anesthesiologists and four full-time nurses who see more than 3,100 patients each year. Hudson Valley Ambulatory Surgery offers surgeons and their patients unparalleled service, efficient and flexible scheduling, and the latest medical technology and equipment.