Tending to Outlying Villages

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Bobbi Snethen

Bobbi hails from Madison, WI, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she studied journalism and strategic communication. Following a stint as a freelance reporter, she served as a public relations professional in the nonprofit sector working to enhance community service through storytelling and online engagement.

Currently, 31 Team Rubicon members are on the ground in Kathmandu conducting impact assessments and medical operations, while five medics and five more veterans of the British Armed Forces are expected to arrive today. Here’s a breakdown of personnel by speciality:

  • 1 Task Force Leader
  • 21 Medical Personnel
    • 5 doctors
    • 6 nurses
    • 6 paramedics
    • 1 EMT
    • 3 logisticians
  • 5 Linguists
  • 14-Person Wide-Area Assessment Team
A medical and assessment team rolls out to Kalinchowk and Dhumthang, villages three hours outside of Kathmandu.
A medical and assessment team rolls out to Kalinchowk and Dhumthang, villages three hours outside of Kathmandu.

Team Rubicon’s medical personnel are operating in Kathmandu as well as discrete areas approximately 3-4 hours east of city limits and conducting impact assessments in these rural villages with the intent of routing information back to the World Health Organization and other partners on site. The team is also working with the American-Nepalese Medical Foundation to incorporate the capacity of Nepalese American and Nepalese physicians to maximize the effectiveness of the team to serve the local population.  

Nurse Jenna Brandolini tends to a patient in a mobile clinic just outside of Kathmandu.
Nurse Jenna Brandolini tends to a patient in a mobile clinic just outside of Kathmandu.

Our medical teams have been augmented by a group of doctors from the Operational and Disaster Medicine Fellowship Program at the Carolinas Medical Center

Furthermore, by partnering with organizations such as SkyCatch and HaloDrop that specialize in UAV-based imagery collection, processing, and analysis, we are able to support the development of situational awareness and a common operating picture that will allow more effective tasking of all available resources. Operation: Tenzing rolls on.

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  • Fred LaPoint

    if additional medical personnel (Paramedics) are needed, I stand ready to serve.