Monday, October 12, 2009

Medical Teams International and the Seahawks raise nearly $22,000 for Asia Pacific disaster relief

The Seattle Seahawks partnered with Medical Teams International to collect donations for Pacific Rim disaster survivors yesterday, Sunday, October 11, at Qwest Field prior to the Seahawks big win over the Jaguars.

Before the game, Seahawks three-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker, Lofa Tatupu volunteered to match the first $10,000 donated by the fans in attendance.

Seahawks fans raised more than $11,500 dollars. With Tatupu’s contribution, the effort raised almost $22,000 for the much needed relief efforts.

If you did not make it out to Qwest Field for the game, you can still donate to Medical Teams International’s disaster relief in the Asia Pacific region.

Overlake to provide free swine flu vaccinations to pregnant women

Overlake is introducing a new program to provide free H1N1 immunizations for pregnant women who are giving birth at Overlake. This program is offered to all pregnant women who have an Overlake-affiliated physician and plan to deliver at the Overlake Childbirth Center. Women interested in the program should pre-register for their births at Overlake. They’ll then be contacted by the hospital so their immunization appointment can be scheduled.

The program to immunize pregnant women will get underway once the H1N1 vaccine shot is available in mid to late October. Overlake is also taking steps to educate new mothers about what they should do protect themselves and their babies.

The H1N1 vaccine does not protect from the seasonal flu, so remember to get vaccinated for the seasonal flu as well.

Overlake is sponsoring a one-day seasonal flu shot clinic in which people can get a free flu shot in exchange for a donation to the local food bank. This one-day event will be held in the Community Education classroom in the new Overlake Medical Center Issaquah on October 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or as long as supplies last. Overlake Medical Center Issaquah is located at 5708 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway SE in Issaquah. In addition, Overlake will also be giving free seasonal flu shots to the first 500 seniors who attend the “Home is Where the Heart Is” fair on October 17 in Bellevue.

Seasonal flu immunizations will also be available at Overlake Medical Center Issaquah’s primary care clinic and urgent care clinics, at Overlake’s primary care clinic on the Bellevue Overlake campus, and at our Senior Care clinics in Bellevue and Mercer Island.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Medical Teams International continues aid to families in Philippines and Indonesia

Medical Teams International is preparing to airlift two emergency medical health kits valued at $900,000 for the Philippines. The medical kits provide emergency medicines and supplies for 10,000 people for three months.

The Portland-based health agency announced the deployment of the first health kit to Manila last week and today is preparing a second kit to treat an additional 10,000 people for three months.

If clearances are approved, both kits will be shipped from Holland to the Philippines this week. The kits will be distributed through partners Food for the Hungry and Christian Reformed World Relief to provide much needed medicines to affected communities.

We still are on stand-by to send emergency medical teams if they are needed to relieve doctors and nurses who are caring for 600,000 people living in evacuation camps,” said Tammy Teske, Medical Teams International’s manager of emergency relief.

In Indonesia, Medical Teams International is working with its partner, MAP International, to help send in a two-person medical team to the Pariaman District, just outside of Padang, Indonesia. Physician, Thomas Barry, from New York City, NY, and Physician Assistant Fred Hesser, from Babb, Mont., who worked in Indonesia after the tsunami in 2004, have confirmed they can leave immediately for Indonesia’s disaster zone.

To help support these disaster relief efforts with Medical Teams International, please make an immediate, secure, online DONATION.