Physicians and nurses at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, N.J., threw themselves into the relief effort following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, with the support and encouragement of President and CEO Michael Maron.
When Maron, 52, and others at Holy Name heard that despite their best efforts, lives were being lost due to lack of basic equipment and supplies—such as oxygen—surgeons and anesthesiologists led an effort to garner $125,000 in contributions to purchase, at cost, an oxygen processor to be donated to Hopital Sacre Coeurin Milot, Haiti. “We would have patients who would die in front of our eyes because of a lack of that basic resource,” says Alan Gwertzman, head of anesthesia at Holy Name.
Maron, who is a finalist for Modern Healthcare's Community Leadership Award, then traveled to Haiti to ensure that the processor was running correctly and found that instead, it was sitting in pieces outside the building. So he and others from Holy Name dug a trench, laid pipe and assembled the generator from five parts that each weighed more than 1,000 pounds with the help of local Haitians clad in shorts and flip-flops.