Eight Days in Haiti: Brecksville Nurse Practitioner Treated Children, Created Program
Brecksville Patch - over 4 years
When Julie Tsirambidis thinks of her time in Haiti, she remembers the stunning amount of need.
She spent her nights in a tent, waking up each day to a line of hundreds of people waiting outside St. Damien Hospital for care. Sometimes, the children waiting for care would die before they even reached the pediatric hospital, she said. They lacked the basics: shelter, clean water, medical care. It was a different world for the mother and director of advanced practice.
“To us, a fever is treatable. To them, it's devastating,” said Tsirambidis, a nurse practitioner for Akron Children’s Hospital.
An Ohio-Haiti partnership
Akron Children’s Hospital has a program with St. Damien Hospital where staff members make trips to Haiti a few times a year, offering a variety of care and giving the permanent staff time to train.
Tsirambidis, who works at the hospital’s Brecksville office, reached out to the doctor in charge of the main program about a year and a half ago and asked if they
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