Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Dean Morrissey unveils his new giclees

Last weekend was the first really big test of our new Morrissey giclees when Dean appeared at Gallery One, Mentor OH, to open a month-long exhibition of his prints, original oils and NEW WORKS.

Universally, Dean and the new giclees passed all tests with a resounding A+. The biggest seller (as expected) was Kate’s Star, both in the regular version and in the personalized version. Close runner-ups were Billy Blue Sky (inexpensive and adorable) and Dreamer’s Trunk in two big sizes.

BTW, collectors said the selection made gift shopping a breeze...with prices from $145!)

Friday evening collectors were treated to wine and cheese followed by his lecture at 7. Saturday morning children gathered for their annual art lesson.

If you can visit us in person, you can view Dean's exhibition (in full) thru December. And of course, the collection is posted at for your shopping convenience.

That's all for now!
Norah Lynne and Alan

Monday, November 15, 2010

Phuoc on CNTV

See Phuoc on CNTV!

An Update from Haiti

Phuoc Le, MD, MPH, is married to our eldest granddaughter, Erin. He currently divides his time between Harvard and Haiti where he works with Partners in Health. PIH has had a presence in Haiti for more than 20 years. ---NLB

Dear Family and Friends,

I hope you’re all doing well. I’ve been in St. Marc, the epicenter of the cholera outbreak in Haiti, for a week now and wanted to share my experience thus far. I hope that after reading this you’ll continue to advocate for the people of Haiti in your everyday lives.

For the past three and a half weeks, the Zanmi Lasante/Partners in Health team has been providing 24-hour clinical care for those suffering from cholera. This is the area where the outbreak started nearly a month ago, and up to now we’ve seen many thousands of patients afflicted by this entirely preventable scurge. Cholera causes profuse diarrhea and vomiting, so much so that one can lose 20 lbs or more of weight in a matter of hours, which can lead to death within a day if not treated.

Working alongside our colleagues from Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), Cuban and Mexican medical personnel, and others, we have helped to care for the hundreds of patients who arrive daily, dozens of whom would ultimately need admission if intravenous fluids are required for their care.

My first night here we were all bracing for the worse case scenario with the coming of Hurricane Tomas. The ZL/PIH team did an outstanding job of preparing contingency plans, anticipating communications shortfalls, overflowed rivers knocking out bridges, and of course a sharp rise in cholera cases. We all slept in the ZL office at the hospital that night, taped our windows, and prayed for a weakened storm.

In the end, Tomas did less damage than expected, but there were certainly many areas that were flooded around St. Marc, leading to even less access to clean water, and ultimately we did see a surge in cholera cases, from under 200 new cases per day prior to the storm, to nearly 400 per day in the few days after it. A week after Tomas, the cholera numbers in St. Marc are stabilizing again, but nationally the epidemic is spreading rapidly, with now over 12,000 cases and 800 deaths.

Working the night shifts with two other volunteer medical providers, we first would do what we called “pulse” rounds. This was the most efficient way we could think of to evaluate 250 admitted patients and to immediately identify those in shock from dehydration. These were the patients most at risk of dying if not treated at once with fluids. We typically would find five or more cases of nearly pulseless patients during our initial rounds, and after resuscitating by placing two or even three intravenous lines with fluids wide open, we would add them to the list of two dozen or so of the most critically ill inpatients that we would make the day team aware of.

Most of the rest of the night would then be consumed with preparing discharges for the next morning, evaluating patients on the critically ill list, and assisting in the triage unit early in the morning when dozens of new patients would arrive at the first sign of daylight. Finally, before passing off the duties to the day team, we would do another pulse round on all the patients we intervened upon, and almost universally we would see a striking improvement, sometimes to the point that we would not recognize their newly filled-in faces, which just hours before had been so sunken that every bone was highlighted.

The number of deaths we’ve seen has drastically decreased compared to the initial few days of the cholera outbreak, but each death that I’ve witnessed and failed to prevent is a stinging reminder to me why I chose this career. It is the pursuit of justice and human rights that keeps us strong, and the spirit of the Haitian people that gives us hope. Thank you for continuing to support Partners in Health and the brave people of Haiti.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wow! We're well into November already! Our October 22 James Christensen show was a rousing success and we continue to welcome fantasy art fans to his exhibit here at Gallery One. Check out these images and experience a bit of the excitement.

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Last weekend was your chance to bring your best friend out to meet John Weiss. His art often features Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Collies, Poodles and Basset Hounds among other breeds and even cats! I hope you took this opportunity to discuss a personal commission for a portrait featuring your pet.

But these two shows aren't all we have in store. Our annual Kinkade Highlighter show will return Thanksgiving weekend and Dean Morrissey will return to draw with the kids on Dec. 3-4!

Speaking of Dean Morrissey -- and Alan Brown and Jim Daly -- We are ecstatic to announce the release of our own incredible, high quality giclees which are printed IN HOUSE using the latest giclee printing technology along with inks and canvases of the highest quality. Giclees are expertly coated with a UV protectant to extend the image life and provide a water-resistant surface. That's why we can guarantee your satisfaction! Click the artist names. You absolutely MUST see them to believe it.

These artists will continue to add to our collection and we will continue to add artists to this body of work. Watch our website or this blog, or better yet, subscribe to our newsletter to keep up with the latest releases.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sorry it's been a while since I've posted! What with the auction we just wrapped up and all, it's been hectic around here to say the least. But this post is about the successful photography show we had at the end of last month. Due to overwhelming response, it's exhibit has been extended for another week!

It was a first for Gallery One, in that it highlighted three photographers from the Cleveland area; George Shuba, Jim Ptacek and Gallery One owner, Alan Brown. Their subjects varied. George provides a wonderful Cleveland rock 'n roll history, Jim highlights Cleveland's architecture and Alan focuses on both African and local nature.

George's lecture covered stories of his work with local radio and TV stations in the early days of rock 'n roll. His audience, many of whom could remember the musicians' appearances, appreciated his insights. Questions centered around the musicians' personalities as well as other Cleveland area news anchors.

Jim had a loyal following and many shared their memories when viewing the buildings, bridges and landmarks his sepia images portrayed. Alan spoke with guests about his theories on wildlife photography and won over more than one fan.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ohio's own Florian Lawton at Gallery One

It was like old-home week when distinguished Ohio watercolorist, Florian Lawton, visited last Saturday. Appreciative friends, students and collectors gathered to listen as he spoke of the stories behind his various collections, the Amish way of life and a bit about "whiskey paintings."

Lawton, now 89, has exhibited at the Cleveland Museum of Art and in the shows of the numerous professional art associations with which he is affiliated: American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Whiskey Painters of America, National Arts Club, Audubon Artists and the Salamagundi Club.

While widely acclaimed for winter landscapes in which he achieves subtle tones and a remarkable level of detail through the use of opaque white, Lawton is also lauded for outstanding sporting scenes, seascapes and portraits. His collectors, critics, peers and students speak of his technical expertise. But more often, they speak of his ability to capture the moments of daily life — children walking down a path, or looking over a fence, a woman waiting in a carriage, a man looking over a horse or just standing in a barn, looking out the doorway.

Collectors at our May 15 event chose from his new book, DVD and of course the paintings themselves. All sales benefit the Florian K. Lawton Foundation scholarships. His work will be on exhibit through June at Gallery One.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010



(News from Haiti follows.)

While the universal quality of our 2010 Masterworks entries was "over the top," two artists reigned supreme. For the second year in a row, Canadian Michael Dumas PEOPLE'S CHOICE winner was ... this year with "Curious Tiger Cub." Michael, we congratulate you and thank you for your excellent entry. The proud owner of your painting is a collector from California.

The Buyers' Choice Award, in a close competition, was Rebecca Latham. She had the most "intents to purchase" filed for her entry, "Gray Ghost." Her painting was "won" by Ohio art collectors. Mrs. Collector is a fine artist in her own right!

An interesting note: runner up for Buyers' Choice was Rebecca's sister, Bonnie Latham.

Congratulations for Michael and Rebecca. In four to six weeks, you'll receive a trophy from Gallery One along with our since thanks for your fine works.

Phuoc Le (MD - MPH) is back in Haiti after a two-week "required" return to the US. Good news (for us at least) is that he is now residing inside Port au Prince's General Hospital. He was in a tent which occasionally was "under water." Click here to view a video of Phuoc at work. (A reminder: Phuoc is married to our #1 granddaughter, Erin.)

That's all for now.
Norah Lynne and Alan

Monday, March 8, 2010

The biggest "little show" in North America is now open at Gallery One!

Phuoc Le, MD, MPH returns to Haiti this week for another month of work in Port au Prince. Next week, we will resume blog updates on his work there.


Gallery One’s famed Masterworks in Miniature is now open with nearly 200 small and truly outstanding works of art — created by today’s most collected painters - on display at the gallery and on the web at

Now in its 19th year, Masterworks features original paintings by Bev Doolittle, Edna Hibel, Carl Brenders, Terry Isaac, Dean Morrissey, Guy Coheleach, Simon Bull, Morgan Weistling, Robert Finale, Trish McKinney, Charles Wysocki and more than 100 other top artists. Amazingly, works are priced from $230.

This means that many of the orginals in Masterworks can be purchased for less than the price of prints or giclees.

While some Masterworks will fit in the palm of one's hand, others are as large as 9" x 12." A rare few may be a bit larger. Regardless of size, all are exquisitely detailed and represent the high quality expected of the individual artists. Genres include wildlife, portraits, still life, landscape, abstract and fantasy.

The artists are from all over the world. Some are miniaturists, specifically known for small originals. Many like Brenders and Doolittle have carved out enviable reputations for full-sized originals — at prices that do not fit the average wallet.

“When such top artists are ‘forced’ to work small, their prices become really affordable,” said Alan Brown, gallery president. “Collectors of limited editions often find that they can collect such miniatures for less than prints by the very same artists.”

The demand for the miniatures is so intense that, for many of the entries, prospective buyers must submit “intent-to-purchase” forms from which lucky purchasers are drawn at the close of the event. The other half of the exhibit is available for purchase on a first come, first served basis.

All of the works will be on exhibit until Saturday, March 20 when the event closes. In addition, the entire exhibit can be viewed at along with detailed information regarding each work and each artist. Information about purchasing will be on the web, as well.

And how do collectors display the miniatures? Many find their way into wall groupings while others rest comfortably on small easels, bathed in lamplight. Some hang alone, featured above an interesting furniture item. Regardless of how they are used, they are perfect jewels.

For additional information, call 800.621.1141 or 440.255.1200 or visit

Gallery One is located at 7003 Center St. (Rt. 615), Mentor between Routes 90 and 2. For additional information, call 440.255.1200 or 800.621.1141 or visit

The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Sunday hours are by appointment.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Email Message from Phuoc

February 14, 2010

Dearest Family and Friends,

I am writing you from the Partners in Health (PIH) base camp in Port-Au-Prince (PAP), sitting under my mosquito net to avoid any further unwelcomed phlebotomy.

Over the last several weeks since I arrived in Haiti, I'm sure that there have been dozens of images on television that you've seen. The vast majority of those stories probably depicted the suffering, ongoing despair, and abject misery of post "event" PAP residents. I don't want to add to those reports by yet more demoralizing stories. Instead, I want to share with you experiences I've been blessed to have that show the truly inspirational resilience of the Haitian people.

One of those first experiences took place just a couple of days after I arrived, about 10 days after the earthquake. As I rode in the back of a pick-up truck with several orthopedic surgeons, on our way to the University Hospital, I saw several young children laughing while running along a rare swath of greenery in PAP, each with his hand held high and yanking against a taut string attached to multi-colored kites soaring overhead. Imagine this scene anywhere else and you'd be amused, maybe nostalgic, but not surprised. Imagine this scene superimposed on entire city blocks that were leveled, on burning piles of trash, on schools that are now but mountains of rubble, and you'd realize that it is a sign of resilience.

For over three weeks now, my main duties have been to help triage and coordinate referrals of PIH patients who need more advanced medical care. I've been able to see so many people bravely enduring the most painful surgeries, the loss of limbs, the constant flashbacks, the untreated PTSD. Let me tell you about 15 year old Anna, my hero. Anna survived the earthquake, but sadly, her parents did not, and she only has an older brother left. She was treated at our PIH affiliated hospital in St. Marc, about two hours to the North of PAP. Despite our best efforts, we could not save her left leg below the knee. She spent weeks enduring repeated surgeries because of wound infections, all of which she braved. Today, three weeks after her amputation, Anna will be among the first PIH patients to be fitted with a prosthesis at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti.

Today is the fifth Sunday since the catastrophe. I drove through town today with my friend, Saul. We stopped at his church, called the Brotherhood of Baptists, which is no longer usable for services but is still standing. As we drove, we witnessed dozens of festive processions led by pastors, filled with people dressed in white, reaching the skies in songs of praise. If faith is the root of resilience in times of tremendous adversity, then I am not worried about Haiti ever running out of resilience.

I want to thank you all who have been praying and supporting me during my short stay here. Many of you have given to our cause, and for that I'm deeply grateful on behalf of Partners in Health. Your support has not and will not be forgotten. It's truly been a privilege of a lifetime for me to be here, in solidarity with friends and colleagues, to bear witness to the strength of a people, neglected and oppressed for centuries, until now. Thank you for Standing With Haiti.

Much love,

Phuoc V. Le MD MPH

Friday, February 12, 2010

News from Phuoc

Erin writes that Phuoc has been at General Hospital...working pediatrics. Today he was going to Cange, taking a mother and her premie babies to the NICU there. He had reunited them yesterday on the Comfort where one of the babies had been taken weeks ago. It is nice to have a happy story.

A couple of days ago, he lost a new mom who was not eligible for care on the Comfort. From what I can piece together, Phuoc had worked hard to get her lifesaving care...but it was refused, despite his efforts, because her health issues were not necessarily earthquake related.

Paul Farmer, PhD, MD - the noted founder of Partners in Health - lost many good friends in the earthquake. I heard the number was 50. I imagine many of them were involved in medical care.

Phuoc will be back in the states around February 20...for a two week break...then back to Haiti. We are so proud of him and his fellow PIH members. They are the best of the best!

That's all for now.

Norah Lynne Brown

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Not a good day in Port au Prince

Message from Phuoc: 2 hours of rain and my tent is literally floating in 4 inches of water. The rainy season starts in April.

Monday, February 8, 2010

PIH Fund-Raising Wrap-Up

Saturday afternoon, Feb. 7, Gallery One was the site of an informational fund-raising event for Partners in Health, hosted by our eldest granddaughter, Erin Jones-Le, whose husband has been in Haiti since January 20. Phuoc was able to talk with us all via cell and the gallery sound system.

Despite the weather, attendance was excellent...and Erin was thrilled with the generosity of the attendees. She is back in Boston where she attends law school and volunteers for PIH.

Phuoc is expected back in the US +-February 20. He'll spend two weeks attending to his duties at Harvard...and then is planning to head back to Haiti for another month.

That's all for now.

Norah Lynne

Monday, February 1, 2010

Phuoc Arranges Transfer of Critically-Ill Kids to USA

Dr. Phuoc Le, of Boston, Massachusetts, top right, and a medevac pilot, transfer five-year-old Betina Joseph, below left, and a fourteen-month-old with pneumonia to a private jet for their evacuation to Children's Hospital in Philadelphia by the Boston-based aid group Partners in Health from Port-au-Prince, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010. Doctors skirted a bureaucratic logjam to save the life of three critically ill child victims of Haiti's earthquake, flying them to U.S. hospitals on a private jet to avoid a military suspension of medical evacuation flights.(AP Photo/Andres)

EDITOR'S NOTE: On Sunday evening, Phuoc was seen on NBC Nightly News and many other venues. Below are links to this story. His wife, Erin Jones-Le, will have additional information about Partners in Health in Haiti when she hosts an informal informational gathering on Saturday, Feb. 6, 11-2, at Gallery One, Route 615, Mentor. Click on the links below for additional information and for a personal invitation to Saturday's event.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

News from Phuoc in Haiti (courtesy of Erin Jones-Le)

Dear friends,

(Read below for your invitation to meet Erin at Gallery One.)

A quick update on Phuoc in Haiti...

He now has a local phone, so I have had a couple brief conversations with him over the past couple days. He sounds like he's in good spirits, but tired. He's only getting three to four hours of sleep each night, but is eating well.

Here is an excerpt from an email Phuoc sent me from PAP on the morning of Jan. 23:

"Driving through the city makes your heart sink to its lowest depths. Seeing the toppled presidential palace with thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camping across the street makes you wonder what further can be done to break a nation's spirit. The hospital is guarded by dozens of soldiers with big guns, walking through the wards and operating rooms (ORs) on their security detail. More later."

Right now, Phuoc's main job is to coordinate the transfer of the most critically-ill patients from the PIH clinics/hospitals to the US Navy's Comfort ship. He has been picking up patients, and accompanying them for the bumpy ride to the helicopter pad at the port. From there, the the US military transfers them to the ship via helicopter. As of last night, this morning's task was to transfer nine patients from Cange to the port. He was working hard to hopefully arrange helicopter rides directly from Cange, to spare the patients (especially those with spinal cord injuries) from having to endure the pain and discomfort of a much longer ride.

Let's hope the helicopter transfer happened this morning! Phuoc says that another ship with 1000 beds is scheduled to arrive in about 10 days, coming from the West Coast of the US.

Our friend, Natasha, (another PIH doc) has been put in charge of coordinating the work of all the PIH volunteers. The first shift of volunteers is leaving, and the second wave is transitioning in. Not an easy job, as she is a cultural and language translator, along with the go-to person for the volunteers. I spoke with Natasha briefly yesterday, and as always, she was extremely positive and in good spirits.

Thank you for continuing to keep Phuoc, the other volunteers, and most importantly, the people in Haiti in your thoughts and prayers.

Kenbe fem,


You are invited to meet Erin Jones-Le, Saturday, February 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gallery One

Gallery One has a history of working with non-profits to raise funds. Over the years, we have assisted in raising thousands of dollars for organizations as diverse as Mentor Top 25, Western Reserve Riding for the Handicapped, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Ronald McDonald House along with churches, temples, women's leagues, medical associations, schools, parks, philharmonic and symphony associations, zoos, humane societies and more.

So when our eldest granddaughter Erin Jones-Le (who was raised in Mentor) called us to ask for a special birthday gift (she turns 29 in February), we said yes without hesitation. You see, her request was not for clothing or electronic equipment. It was simply for an opportunity to return to her hometown to meet with as many locals as possible to talk about Haiti and the work of Partners in Health, the organization that for nearly 25 years has worked to improve health conditions in a country that has endured decades of poverty and political violence.

I first heard of Partners in Health when Erin’s husband sought a Harvard residency. Born in Vietnam, educated at Dartmouth, Berkeley and Stanford, Phuoc Le (MD, MPH) was an outstanding student and had already taken every possible opportunity to assist those without access to adequate health care - in the states. Tibet, China and beyond. His impressive resume would have easily gained him a residency anywhere in the country. But he wanted to work at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He wanted to join Partners in Health and participate in the efforts of its co-founder, Paul Farmer, PhD, MD, Harvard professor, and Brigham attending physician.

Through its collaboration with the Brigham, Partners in Health had long selected a handful of residents from each class to become Global Health Equity residents and join PIH in its admirable pursuits. Dr. Farmer and the board did select Phuoc to be a Global Health Equity resident, and for the next several years, Phuoc traveled to Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho and Malawi, helping locals set up medical facilities that would hopefully be self-sustaining.

After learning about the destruction and grave need in Haiti, Phuoc and Erin prepared for Phuoc to leave for Port au Prince. Erin and Phuoc knew that, because of its long-standing presence throughout Haiti and its reputation for operating on a human rights framework, PIH would be pushed to unimaginable limits.

So Phuoc quickly altered his residency schedule and mentally prepared (if possible) to help.

In the meantime, Erin shopped for requested medical supplies - and beef jerky, nuts, cans of tuna and granola bars...knowing that those might be Phuoc’s only rations for the next few weeks.

On January 20, Phuoc left for the Domican Republic, where he picked up a new PIH vehicle and drove to Port au Prince with whatever supplies he could carry.

Now, as Erin reads his text messages and works to keep his spirits (and hers) up, she continues to volunteer for PIH....thanking generous donors and helping to spread the word of Haiti’s needs.

So back to what Erin wants for her birthday. She simply asked for Gallery One to open its doors to her friends and friends of her family...and their friends and associates. And to Gallery One’s friends...and their friends and associates.
So on Saturday, February 6 from 11-2, Gallery One will host a birthday bash for Erin to the public. Erin will show a film on the work of Partners in Health and share messages from Phuoc and other PIH members.

Please join us.

Perhaps you or your friends will feel moved to write a check (or make a credit card donation on the PIH website) to Partners in Health or to other organizations that work in Haiti. Or perhaps you just want to be more informed. Or just show your support to the thousands of volunteers who are working to help Haitians rebuild their shattered lives.

Hoping to see you on February 6.

Norah Lynne Brown (grandmother and Gallery One founder)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

iphone message from Phuoc

Driving through the city makes your heart sink to its lowest depths. Seeing the toppled presidential palace with thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camping across the street makes you wonder what further can be done to break a nation's spirit. The hospital is guarded by dozens of soldiers with big guns, walking through the wards and operating rooms (ORs) on their security detail. More later.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Phuoc in Haiti - courtesy of Erin Jones-Le

Phuoc arrived in Santo Domingo, DR on Tuesday evening. He and another person from Partners in Health (PIH) were greeted by Clinton Foundation representatives. They picked up two new trucks for PIH, filled them with supplies, and drove across the border (see photo at left) on Wednesday.

They were to stop at PIH sites in Belladere and Cange on their way to Port au Prince. Phuoc spent Wednesday night at a UN tent camp, one mile from the PAP airport.

He met a medical group that came from California on Mel Gibson's private jet. He also met up with our dear friend, Natasha, who is in the same year of the Global Health Equity Residency (collaboration between the Brigham Hospital and PIH). Natasha arrived on Wednesday with a group of medical professionals, via a chartered flight from Boston to PAP. She is Haitian-American, and I am sure that she is providing much-needed cultural/language translation and coordination on the ground.

This morning Phuoc felt a small aftershock around 8 am before leaving for the general hospital (HUEH) in PAP. I can't imagine the mental anguish each aftershock brings to the survivors as they relive the emotions of the January 12 earthquake. Please keep them in your prayers, and pray for Phuoc and Natasha's strength as they will certainly witness deep levels of pain and struggle.

For those of you who would like to help with the relief efforts in Haiti, I'd like to tell you a bit about PIH and their work in Haiti: PIH has been in Haiti for over 20 years, and has built up numerous health centers (clinics and hospitals) throughout Haiti. PIH operates with a rights-based approach, and aims for sustainability (just before the earthquake, their facilities were mostly run by Haitian medical professionals). Several days ago, the World Health Organization asked PIH to revive and operate the general hospital where Phuoc is working. PIH's overhead cost is less than six percent (6%), and their head honchos don't make the six-figure salaries enjoyed by heads of other charitable organizations. (I encourage people to check out sites like to learn where your money goes in various organizations.)

PIH's approach has been supported publicly by numerous celebrities (i.e. Madonna, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Mel Gibson, etc.), and a chunk of the proceeds from tonight's TV concert will go to PIH.

For more information on PIH, go to Or, if you have more time, I recommend reading Tracy Kidder's "Mountains Beyond Mountains," which covers the story of Paul Farmer, the foundation of PIH, and the organization's relationship with and work in Haiti.

We all thank you for your concern and your help.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Email from Phuoc Le, MD, MPH en Route to Haiti

Dearest Family and Friends,

...Just minutes from boarding AA flight 2087 to Santo Domingo, the first leg of my journey to Port-Au-Prince, my post-call. mind wanders to the visuals of August 2007 when I first was in Haiti on an orientation trip with Partners In Health. At that time, I remember chastizing myself for being so unimaginably oblivious to the plight and endless endurance of our neighbors, living barely an hour's flying time from Miami.

I wrote the following in an short article several years ago detailing an experience in the Haitian Central Plateau:

"It was the fourth day of our weeklong introduction to Zanmi Lasante (ZL), the Partners in Health sister organization in Haiti. At five in the morning, we set out to conduct a day-long mobile clinic at a remote hilltop village called Gwo Moulen. When we finally reached the clinic site, the village leaders had already assembled several hundred people of all ages, patiently waiting under a relentless sun, to receive services like vaccinations, family planning and general medical consultation. The ZL doctors informed us that, for some of the villagers, this was their first encounter with any health care provider aside from traditional healers. For the next several hours, we separated into small groups of doctors with interpreters, frantically interviewing, examining, counseling and prescribing. We worked at a frenzied pace with more patient volume in one hour than we would see in a day back in Boston. By the time we started trekking back down the mountain in the late afternoon, we had served nearly eight hundred people."

The devastation brought on by the earthquake has now informed billions across our planet of the centuries long struggle and unending resilience of the Haitian people. I feel humbled and privileged to be able to work and learn side by side with our neighbors. Please visit for frequent updates and ways you can help. I will try to send messages when possible.

In solidarity,

20 Jan 2010 11:14:43

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Haitian Update

Phuoc in Haiti - update courtesy of Erin Jones-Le
(see earlier blog for info about Phuoc and Partners in Health)

Phuoc got a flight to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for tomorrow (Wed.) at 11:45 am. It's a straight 4-hour flight. He'll stay there overnight, then will catch a bus (6-10 hours) to the Haitian border town of Belladere, where Partners in Health (PIH) operates a medical facility. I am sure that he will be on a plane full of people involved in Haiti relief, so my bet is that he will link up with them and travel to Haiti with a team. PIH reports that they have 13 operating rooms open in Port au Prince, and that things are going well for them. Not sure if they will send Phuoc there or not...the needs seem to be constantly changing!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti - We Can Help!

The following email is from my grandson-in-law, Phuoc V. Le, MD, MPH.

(Born in Vietnam, Dr. Phuoc V. Le's family settled in northern California. At Dartmouth, he double majored in Biochemistry and Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures. Experiences in China, Bosnia and Costa Rica as an undergraduate formed the foundation of Dr. Le's passion for global health equity. He graduated from the Stanford Medical School, and also earned a Master's of Public Health with a focus on International Health at UC Berkeley. Currently, Dr. Le is a resident in Global Health Equity, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at Harvard Medical School. As part of his residency, he spends a significant amount of his time working in Sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti, in collaboration with Partners in Health. Phuoc is married to our eldest granddaughter, Erin Jones.)

Dear Family and Friends,

I'm sure most of you have heard already of the devastating earthquake in Haiti that has caused massive destruction. I was in Port-Au-Prince just two years ago, and am scheduled to go back in March for a six-week stay. I pray that I will be able to be of use to the people there.

At this time, I ask for your thoughts and prayers for the victims of this disaster. In addition, if you are able, I encourage you to donate to Partners in Health, an organization that I work for, to help in their relief efforts. Partners in Health as been working in Haiti for over 20 years, and is currently mobilizing a large scale relief effort.

Please see the e-mail below to find out how you can donate. Thank you so much.

All the best,

Dear Phuoc and Friends,

Over the past 18 hours, the Partners In Health staff in Boston and Haiti have been working to collect as much information as possible about the conditions on the ground, the relief efforts taking shape and all relevant logistics issues in order to respond efficiently and effectively to the most urgent needs in the field. At the moment, PIH's Chief Medical Officer is on her way to Haiti, where she will meet with Zanmi Lasante leadership and head physicians, who are already working to ensure PIH's coordinated relief efforts leveraging the skills of more than 120 doctors and nearly 500 nurses and nursing assistants who work at Zanmi Lasante's sites.

We have already begun to implement a two-part strategy to address the immediate need for emergency medical care in Port-au-Prince. First, we are organizing the logistics to get the medical staff and supplies needed for setting up field hospital sites in Port-au-Prince where we can triage patients, provide emergency care, and send those who need surgery or more complex treatment to our functioning hospitals and surgical facilities. To do this, we are creating a supply chain through the Dominican Republic. Second, we are ensuring that our facilities in the Central Plateau are ready to serve the flow of patients from Port-au-Prince. Operating and procedure rooms are staffed, supplied and equipped for surgeries and we have converted a church in Cange into a large triage area. Already our sites in Cange and Hinche are reporting a steady flow of people coming with medical needs from the capital city. In the days that come we will need to make sure our pharmacies and supplies stay stocked and our staff continue to be able to respond.

Currently, our greatest need is financial support.

Haiti is facing a crisis worse than it has seen in years, and it is a country that has faced years of crisis, both natural disaster and otherwise. The country is in need of millions of dollars right now to meet the needs of the communities hardest hit by the earthquake. Our facilities are strategically placed just two hours outside of Port-au-Prince and will inevitably absorb the flow of patients out of the city. In addition, we need cash on-hand to quickly procure emergency medical supplies, basic living necessities, as well as transportation and logistics support for the tens of thousands of people that will be seeking care at mobile field hospitals in the capital city. Any and all support that will help us respond to the immediate needs and continue our mission of strengthening the public health system in Haiti is greatly appreciated.

If you are not in a position to make a financial contribution, you can help us raise awareness of the earthquake tragedy. Please alert your friends to the situation and direct them to for updates and ways to help.

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Ophelia Dahl
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