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Dr. Barth A. Green Honored at MDC Homestead Campus’ Hero’s Day

Hero's Day

Homestead Campus student Jessica Lafleur presented Dr. Green with an award of recognition to mark the campus' inaugural Hero's Day.

Miami, February 14, 2011 - In recognition of Haitian Hero’s Day and as part of Black History Month, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Homestead Campus recently honored Dr. Barth A. Green, co-founder of Project Medishare for Haiti, for his heroic efforts in response to the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti last year.

Dr. Green was recognized as part of the Homestead Campus’ inaugural Hero’s Day event.  

“The Homestead Campus is honored to recognize Dr. Barth Green for his tremendous humanitarian efforts in Haiti, particularly following last year’s devastating earthquake. He is a true hero,” said Homestead Campus President Dr. Jeanne F. Jacobs.

At the event, representatives from the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office presented Dr. Green with a proclamation stating February 22 would be known as Dr. Barth A. Green Day. He was also commended by Haitian student, Jessica Lafleur, who represented the student body, and from State Representative Dwight M. Bullard (District 118), who was also present.

Immediately following the earthquake in Haiti, Dr. Green gathered a small group of doctors and supplies to provide emergency medical care to victims. Initially working out of the United Nations facility at the airport in Port-au-Prince, Dr. Green and his team treated hundreds of critically-injured and ill Haitians every day. Project Medishare’s field hospital, treating more than 30,000 patients and performing more than 1,500 emergency surgeries, served as the only referral center for all severe traumas in Haiti.

Dr. Green is a world-renowned specialist in the surgical management of complex spinal cord injuries and disorders, and a co-founder of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the largest and most comprehensive spinal cord injury and paralysis research center in the world. He is also co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Shake-A-Leg Miami, an adaptive watersport center that serves children and adults with physical, developmental, and economic challenges.


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