Carolinas HealthCare System

“I’ll eventually have a hard time remembering exactly what the blown down houses and debris looked like, but I expect the images that I will retain will be of the faces of the people I got to meet there. It was the best medical experience of my career. This was real emergency medicine – we ended up in a place that really needed some help, and we were privileged to be able to offer what we had. Every single person had a story, and they were all anxious and willing to share them. Unbelievable stories. It’s impossible to put into words what their eyes relayed: shock, resignation, strength, peace, sadness, generosity, loss, determination, gratitude… all at once. Amazing.”

--Dr. Lee Garvey, emergency medicine faculty, made two trips to Mississippi on the first Carolinas MED-1 deployment

“I was totally unprepared for what we found in Waveland/Bay St. Louis. It reminded me of the pictures of Hiroshima after the A-bomb. One of the first people I met had survived the storm surge in his attic. ‘I thought I was going to die up there,’ he told me. The images are preserved in pictures but none can convey the utter devastation. And yet people who came to Carolinas MED-1 for care would give us all hugs and then ask what they could do for us! Unimaginable. It was the single most impactful experience of my life.”

--Scott White was public information officer on the post-Katrina deployment of Carolinas MED-1

“I started with Carolinas MED-1 in 2003 and am both amazed and grateful for the many places it has taken me and the many people I have had the opportunity to meet and help over the years. I believe my experiences over the years have helped to shape my personal and professional life focusing on helping others. My proudest, and also my most humbling moments in my 17 years as a healthcare professional have occurred during MED-1 deployments. I still recall many of the individuals that I encountered in Mississippi after Katrina, their many stories of loss turned into slivers of hope as we worked to provide medical care, alongside other agencies from North Carolina.”

--Zach Edinger, nurse practitioner and nurse leader