Critical Care Disaster Foundation



The Critical Care Disaster (CCD) Foundation Board

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Patients afraid to enter hospitals because of aftershocks in Nepal 2015 

Marie Baldisseri MDDr. Marie R. Baldisseri has worked as an academic ICU physician for more than 20 years at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Baldisseri has a keen interest in humanitarian medical mission work and has worked in South America with Project Hope and in Swaziland with Project Africa. She recently traveled to the Dominican Republic to teach disaster medicine as well to meet regional and national government officials in order to augment the critical care capacity of the Dominican health system which has been inundated with Haitian patients after the January 2010 earthquake. She formed the Critical Care Disaster (CCD) Foundation to teach disaster management and improve the critical care infrastructure of developing countries in the event of a disaster or a humanitarian crisis.
Charlotte George spent 11 years as financial director of a multi-million dollar non-profit (501 ©3) medical practice. She had responsibility for incorporation and worked with legal and accounting professionals to keep the corporation in compliance with its non-profit mission. She served as Secretary/Treasurer of the corporation, developing budgets for clinical service, teaching and research, including the development of budgets for grant applications. She also oversaw all corporate expenditures.
For close to 20 years, Dr. Amado Alejandro Baez has been involved in the fields of prehospital and disaster medicine, providing operational and management support to various local, federal and international agencies, including serving as National Chief of Operations for the Dominican Red Cross, Disaster Consultant for the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), and an operational support physician (OSP) for the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Dominican National Security (DINE). Dr Baez provided on-site medical support to high risk operations and developed weapons of mass destruction contingency planning for special events, including the 2003 Pan-American Games, and 2004 Dominican Presidential transfer of power ceremonies. His research work has included optimization of disaster triage schemes, disaster ethics and technology utilization in austere environments. During the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, Dr. Baez served on the United Nations Health Cluster and led Harvard University efforts that resulted in the development of three field hospitals caring for more than 3000 patients, as well as developing an innovative capacity building initiative called the Bed Augmentation in Critical Care (BACC) Project in collaboration with the Society for Critical Care Medicine, the Dominican Ministry of Health, PAHO, and the Critical Care Disaster (CCD) Foundation.
Dr. Mary Jane Reed has been a surgeon and intensivist for the last decade and a half at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. She has done several humanitarian missions in the last few years, starting with Project Hope in Latin American and repeated trips to Africa with Project Africa Global. She has taught disaster medicine nationally and internationally, often partnering with Dr Baldisseri. Dr Reed recently joined Dr Baldisseri in Dominican Republic in the effort to surge that country’s ability to care for the seriously ill after the earthquake. Dr Reed interest and support of the Critical Care Disaster Foundation developed out of that alliance.
Dr. Edgar Jimenez is the President of the World Federation of the Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine (WFSICCM). The Critical Care Disaster (CCD) Foundation will work under the auspices of the World Federation who will assist the Foundation in advertising and personnel support when healthcare professionals are needed to teach disaster management in developing countries. Since 1982, he was involved in the development of the Emergency Medical System (EMS) in Costa Rica, and worked as Chief Medical Advisor for the US Dept. of State, US Agency for International Development (US AID), Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), where he was also an International consultant on Disasters and Mass Casualty Incidents for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Red Cross. He is the Medical Director of Critical Care and Intermediate Critical Care services at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Florida. In the United States since 1991, he has been dedicated to teaching and research and the development of programs with the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) such as, the Fundamental Critical Care Support course (FCCS), the Fundamental Disaster Management (FDM), all well recognized nationally and internationally. He has been author and editor of multiple publications as articles, abstracts, chapters and books in Critical Care Medicine, mainly in the areas of mechanical ventilation and disaster response within peer-reviewed journals, SCCM and the WFSICCM. He has been an invited speaker in these subjects by the different national Critical Care Medicine societies throughout the world.
Karen Stein has 25 years experience as a critical care nurse. She has more than 20 years experience as a critical care nurse specialist. She has 7 years experience in human simulation training and curriculum development with particular emphasis on team training with physicians and nurses. Her interest has always been helping others in her community and abroad. She has formed a non-profit organization named the Woodland Hills Foundation. The organization's mission is to enhance the education of the children of the Woodland Hills school district. This ranges from teacher grants to college scholarships for students. She has been an active board member and executive committee member of this foundation. Her previous non-profit experience has been with the Pittsburgh Harlequin Foundation. This foundation mentors underprivileged youths in the Pittsburgh area.