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Scripps Medical Response Team to Aid Nepal Earthquake Response

Highly trained team has responded to Hurricane Katrina, Haiti earthquake

The Scripps Medical Response Team (SMRT) provided emergency relief aid after Haiti earthquake in 2010.

The Scripps Medical Response Team (SMRT) provided emergency relief aid after Haiti earthquake in 2010.

Scripps Health’s Medical Response Team will be deploying to Nepal to aid in earthquake relief efforts under the auspices of the International Medical Corps (IMC). The team is expected to leave for Nepal on Thursday or Friday. At least 16 Scripps nurses, physicians and a small support contingent will be in Nepal for approximately 21 days.

This is a highly trained group, many who deployed previously on Scripps missions to the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Katrina and to Haiti following the earthquake there. The team will be working in a mobile field hospital being delivered to Nepal. Along with Scripps, teams from Stanford and Harvard will be responding as part of IMC’s efforts.

“We are proud and honored to be able to offer help in this tragic situation,” said Chris Van Gorder, Scripps president and CEO. “Responding to emergencies like the one in Nepal and others we’ve helped out with in the past not only provides needed aid to victims of those crises, it gives our team needed experience to help out in case of disasters here at home.”

Scripps is also planning for a potential second team to follow the first.

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