The Baltimore based USNS Comfort arrived off the coast of Haiti to help in the Haiti Earthquake relief efforts. You can follow the ship on Twitter @USNSComfort and get some idea of whats happening on board the ship.
The ship tweeted yesterday “Today we had our first baby born aboard! We also welcomed over 100 additional personnel, bringing us closer to being a 1000 bed facility.”
The navy is very well versed with the social network world and I had a chance to meet a few of the NAvy’s Social media folks at a recent conference in DC. The navy also has a Twitter id @navynews and you must follow them to see more news on how the “Operation Unified Response” is doing in Haiti.
It has 250 hospital beds, but can accommodate up to 1,000. The ship’s 550-person medical team includes trauma surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, head and neck surgeons, eye surgeons and obstetricians and gynecologists.
Many of the crew are of Haitian origin, including Dr. Mill Etienne. Here is Dr. Etienne at work,
Another report from Noticias 24, where you can see the photos in a larger size,
You can follow their tweets at http://twitter.com/USNSComfort. Here’s their latest,
The last 24 hrs: 63 patients admitted, 59 surgeries performed. Welcome to more than 70 of our new Red Cross translators! Welcome aboard!
Let’s all leave their crew a message of thanks for their wonderful work.