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CHA ED Staff Members Help Improve Health in Haiti
Posted Date: 4/25/2014

Over the past six months, several members of CHA’s Emergency Department have participated in trips to Haiti as part of the METI Project, a nonprofit organization founded by Professional Ambulance (Pro EMS) and the Pro EMS Center for MEDICS. Its mission is to promote sustainability in health care through medical education, training, and improved infrastructure in underserved parts of the world. Physician assistant Gabe Tash traveled to Haiti in October 2013; nurse Jennifer Wallace ventured there in December; and nurse Nicole Jean-Louis and physician assistant Catherine Tonello were part of the most recent team that visited this February. The collaboration helps staff bring home a broader understanding of global health issues, increased cultural awareness, and a different perspective that can improve CHA's Emergency Department. 

Jennifer WallaceNicole Jean-Loius

Pictured above (left - right): Nurse Jennifer Wallace and Nurse Nicole Jean-Louis

Team members provided direct patient care at St. Luke’s Hospital in the Haitian capital city of Port-au-Prince and led training sessions to increase the hospital staff’s skill sets. Training is based on a curriculum developed specifically for Haiti that includes eight modules drawn from the Center for MEDICS paramedic program. Each module is presented to three different provider levels: ALS (Advanced Life Support) for doctors, ALS for registered nurses, and BLS (Basic Life Support) for clinical and technical workers in the hospitals.

METI Cat TonelloGabe Tash

Pictured above (left - right):Physician assistant Catherine Tonello Physician assistant Gabe Tash

The METI Project works in conjunction with the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti, a Haitian-run organization that provides education, medical care, and humanitarian outreach to over 150,000 people per year. St. Luke’s Hospital is one of two hospitals in the St. Luke Mission Program. In addition to providing emergency care with CT scan and digital x-ray equipment, St. Luke’s includes a high level ICU and surgical center.


Cambridge Health Alliance is an academic community health system committed to providing high quality care in Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities. CHA has expertise in primary care, specialty care and mental health/substance use services, as well as caring for diverse and complex populations. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA patients have seamless access to advanced care through the system’s affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine.