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Jul 6, 2017|

AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. MICHAEL WORKMAN, A PORTLAND AREA PLASTIC SURGEON, ABOUT HIS WORK IN HAITI OPENING THE LIFESAVING SURGERY CENTER.

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This is metros go yeah. And Entercom radio Portland public affairs program and your influx of an on the show this time we're going to be talking with the doctor. He lives here locally in the Portland Vancouver metro area but does some amazing work. Thousands of miles away on metrics of this time I'd like to welcome doctor Michael Workman doctor Workman is a plastic surgeon in the Portland Vancouver area hello there doctor. Good afternoon good morning prospects well aria. I'm doing great and and great. Awesome so before you started on talking about some beer extremely passionate about how much giving us a little background on you. Yeah my background is I'm. Board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. I'm practicing in the Alan Arlen various since 1993. Hand I do you virtually everything in that plastic surgery everything from breast reconstruction and to its skin cancers. To be just have a whole gamut and my. Married to an internist Carol Workman and that she's a primary care doctor and so between the two of us who carry at everything covered. Folks that's the but with a little optimal yeah. So now let's talk about this project think you're in the you're working on very passionately told us about who's still working and going on in Haiti. Sure well. Four years ago I went over with say. Groups from measure was solid black church in Portland. On my daughter we went over to Jacques melt Haiti. You know and excuse. Has got to be new state based team and went over and we're working on. You're educating from the kids and doing pain need and that sort of thing and I. I was just struck to my core. Where's the poor health care over there I was able to round they had you know they kind of put me into the medical clinic fair and I mean news just it was just appalling in terms of how bad the secure conditions weren't terms of the provision of healthcare. Meal for instance. Good week for exam rooms we didn't even have a private exam room Amy you have to have the door open for light in you destroy small structure that was about. Twenty feet by twenty feet no I mean you know electricity. On the others know he and those who we journeyed thing like had it just. Your kids would light up until. Four to six hours to be you know seen and oftentimes wouldn't builders see everybody and it just it just triggered a kind of spoke to me and I can I have made up my mind then that. I wanted to see if I could have just do a little something about it night you came back and ran into me someone called me up the next week is pretty strange and there was a group called. Fully G which is call he or again. Association of general contractors. And basically you're. They had 75000. Dollars of monies that they had earmarked to ground to build a construction project over and he. And I cut my gosh this is going to be here that this comes near I'm going on here. And you one thing led to the other. And we ended up king teamed up with the department of architecture from my yet they seem you'll kids and so. We get on the new bull his caddie. I gotta keep. Campus actually in Portland for they're I graduate students in architecture. So we've got them involved in the leak at Chatham. Because the students that were at two. Organ stayed them. Construction management students. Got all these people just can just. It just popped up at the right time and we've been working reactor of the last three years trying to get a facility belts and we've actually. Got to tell fully constructed and we're going to be starting to do surgery there in the next month. While that's us quite a coming together. Yeah kind of it has come along when did answer their bit to and there are a lot of other groups that are really helped us. And if you continue to support is that I just. It just spoke to me that some if conditions down there were just some of the Americans conditions are so horrific that. I want to just give I give you a little. Did you ever since seen anything like the medical conditions there. No no I mean. You know Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. And realize it and sure you've been aware that I feel the earthquake and that things. It continued to have that you know basically just it's just. They can't climb out they can't the numbers I don't think there's anything in the Western Hemisphere that compares so it. Had you been to Haiti before the time you with your daughter. No no actually hadn't been tell another story she actually signed me up for the trip. And dad she ended up not going yourself that this is. Going overlooked. You know it you with that group whose solid rock but photo. Amnesty misspeak about my daughter. So why why did you choose Haiti for the center. Well liked. Go ahead and choose you. I think it shows me I mean I think. Marriages there and it just it just seemed like my gosh this is still. This is as bad as it's gonna get anywhere in terms of poor facilities and I thought he went out. Stared out with some of the toughest area where would you the most com health for the most number of people. And it's cobol exceeds saving surgery center has a right. Yeah that's I mean that's who we named it I've actually. Kind of partnered with a group called children's hope. And children's hope this. You know it's a 501 seed based in. Birmingham Alabama. In what they've done is found they've set up a number of orphanages. Down there and Jacques well he eats. And yeah I think he's built like you know ten different orphanages and they've got a medical clinic where they actually see patients. And they've got a real big presence down there in the Jacques mill area. And wanna the issue down there is security and there's the other stories of people building. Those surgeries senators. And coming out nobody electricity isn't working its seal somebody stole the generator and so one of the nice things about unity is working with his children's hope is they actually have got to sound secure here you know security. They've got their own. Electricity because you know. You don't think about it but town feel the electrical source and he he's very the other hit her math I mean it's not a usual depending upon how the budgets are you know on the locals. The city. To give a turn off electricity in the middle of the day and you just mean you're doing surgery you really can't have that self. Be able to partner with feel good group that has access to clean water and two reliable power becomes really important. Yeah did in your center it's that big is the name surgery center does that mean you're going to be doing surveys only there is a Mora health care facility. Well look actually bulk bulk they do you know. The facility itself is. It's like Brazil 3500 square feet. We've got to opera Torre. Kill ours and we've got to deal pre operative area and a post operative area. And the numbers storage areas and there is an actual medical clinic that children's hopes his bill that's. So probably thirty feet from itself. The way it's gonna work as people come to he'll come deceived. Practitioners that the medical clinic. And you'll maybe they will actually screen out and say hell yes this person's got skin cancer let's see if we get him on the surgeries schedule or some you mean this person got to breast lump her heal whatever himself still I should use this screening in the medical clinic do you get them all set out in the into the pre operative things and then. What had surgical teams it'll come down and you know be it you know he the end key your plastic surgery here. Good general Sergio they'll actually come in and down. And operate and the patience has kind of been pre selected. And then we've got follow up here feel built into this because we've got a medical clinic Daryn we're training nurses in terms of it'll post operative care so there's. Do you think it's I've done some work with. The other group called start he foundation they're based out of Minneapolis. And their goal is actually to view about one million. I Kerry needs over the next step ten years and they've gotten is it. Bill Clinton and George Bush been real involvement that they're doing about 200000. Hearing aids are giving out every year. But it takes tremendous infrastructure organization built to do that before. I know with them down to he'd be getting two years ago. And they have teams on the ground up front that for instance would you know screen the kids for hearing. And then they actually take the molds there ears send a mole perspective Minneapolis and have. You're the external hearing aid fix and so when the actual team came down just let them. Did everything was set up and Paris debut with the surgeries senator. You can't just show up then you know this you have to assert trying to US set up to do surgeries they. You need gas to me infrastructure. And global organizational type things that are required to support this operation. We'll be safe to say that seeing him when a person from Haiti comes to cede more of your doctors if perhaps as one of the first times there's ever seeing a doctor or more in a long time anyway and. All apps absolutely. I'm anti if you look at I don't have the numbers of the took my time wrecked. The number of you know physicians or providers purge happened is just. Blake won 100 where it is in the United States and so yeah absolutely and I think it's. They do they're just so horrible needs for our relationship tremendous need for. More practitioners and for surgeons endured. Primary care folks and nurses and nurse practitioners and kill anybody. Where are these and doctors and nurses coming from and is there training going on and in the country itself. Well this positions he'll work organizing teams that will go down their news terror. Surgery center were in a partner with other. When you're non profits in the United States. And we're trying to. He our goal is to train some of the local patients. To be able to. You know some of the doctors here to train them to help. Do some of the work. So that we don't necessarily it keeps sending teams down and get them employed and get them jobs and I think in terms as sustainability. That's our that's her error in game. Right now you've touched on this in the fact of Haiti's had quite a few earthquakes recently and in one of the most devastating ones is in 2010 can you remind her listeners about the earthquake in particular. That was the yeah that was one of the worst earthquakes. Ever heard there were. I was I think that this six point seven. Earthquake at between seven and the richter scale. And basically and portrayed hit radian Puerto prince our prince Canada capital and so the epicenter of the earthquake was right in the middle of slope Port Au Prince and it knocked out the medical schools and the hospitals. In the nursing schools and and there were ideal two initially Bill Clinton had gotten a report saying that to the following day that. Did and his briefing. It that they were gonna probably have 20000. Desk turns out it was probably closer to its 200 to 250000. People. Just from Port Au Prince and it was still devastated the country is you know ill. Relief teams were sent to and it ended up spread is spreading cholera and it's just. There's still you really recovering from that so that was loose it was horrible. You know it's really devastating incident and there pore already and in this horrible. Tragedy happens. Yes absolutely how how's the country now after the earthquakes is that is it bouncing back at all. He did his bouncing back to it I mean there's been quite a bit of money. Is sent down unfortunate a lot of it is that. So they're probably isn't as efficiently. When used as it could be. I think here's improve I think. Yeah. You know the roads and sanitation is improving but they're still they're still vote. He'll poorest country in the Western Hemisphere himself improve and there's just relative. So how did you get all these students from the several universe or university Oregon new universe who Portland Oregon State how did you go the students involved. I mean it was almost by happenstance. You have to meaningless the you know the organ chapter of the association of those general contractors. On the they have a close tiny and their chapter dose with the its construction. Many men she engineering program down and organs state. Until suddenly we had access to you know the hills. Four or five. Really talented. Mechanical or QB who construction engineering students. That's. I was I was really blown away by. How good these Q it works and kind of the same thing with you'll all what we did lose. The dean of the architecture school basically. Kind of ran with the ball and they basically they had the around the contests. Which they used to they had four different teams of students come up we have the mock. Plans for real. How would one go about building this surgery center. And that is big competition in the we have a lot of we love of cooperation from a number of professional groups and whatnot in Portland and terms of you know construction. In terms of you're just different engineering groups that helped with it help the architecture students and then. Still one. One of these four contestants are groups I was chosen is kind of the best. Best design and down. We just continued and we what actually my kids are over at two University of Portland and so we have some mechanical engineering students got that had involved. And a little bit you in terms of helping so just. It's truly loose by happenstance and it just kind of came together and had been in a very. Thankful for the help from European different universities. Yeah I would imagine as a student and young person to get involved in something soul. Hum impact full must be just fantastic. Yeah it yeah I think it changed those kids flights they come back and you know for instance. You know he'll. The students are involved in building it and mean do you build over in Haiti and it's totally different than trying to build something over here it's much more problematic much more difficult. But I think they were able to Kenny Kerner kind of an appreciation in terms of its Q what it takes to you know do something and a Third World country. Don't ask you to what are some of the special problems involved in building in Haiti win. Everybody else finalised here and organ. Yeah I hit it it can be difficult I think there's two I mean come on the issues as simple as. And making sure we have electricity or reliable power grid. And there are major issues. In Haiti and one of the reasons he earthquake was so. Devastating. Is set construction standards are very lack of friends since. Oftentimes when they may cac concrete it'll it won't be cured properly go ahead either too much fly him or not enough fly him. Abby don't do use near enough to rebar in terms of supporting here. The concrete to instill that. The buildings that have been built. You'll probably get 90% of them and he. Really it's good I mean you'd never get him through a building code here. And structurally they're they're very suspect and it's glad they have learned a lot about just you know building construction and go for instance you're not supposed to ever Bender rebar you know this deal it's structure that goes inside concrete that we can sit. And you look at in terms of what they normally do over there it's just. They're just yeah almost two key to act in terms of the strength commit so they news Gator. You get a storm becoming along with and you happen to be in a big earthquake district. And it just takes sees very poorly constructed homes and hospitals and just. It just Macs come out so you have some of the issues to be and you know just obtaining good concrete making sure. On the foundation is properly in the foundation are on our facility. Is about eight feet high and it's just built of rock and rebar and we had down. It structural engineers believe it or not there's some really good structural engineers in Portland because we're kind of on their west calls ball. And so we get consider structural engineers involved. The end and who they would sign off and the building methods in terms of how this thing was being built around herself. Think that you wouldn't normally think of in terms of just building materials and procurement and let that. We're talking today with a doctor Michael Workman who's opening her help and openly lifesaving surgery center in Haiti. They said build a bit earlier that you're gonna be doing some your first surgeries in August Brent. Yeah I actually grew over the team here in the left little less than a month and our minister town. Could actually doing surgeries so they're real excited about that very say that tests. Nor did all the money come from two to help build the center. Well. We Ed you wrote generous. Donations from the you know the organ chapter of I hit city GC association general contractors they he nearly a 100000 dollars. We've had about 75000. Dollars. Private. Donations. From different donors around the you know just to Portland Vancouver area. With ten people make donations are you are still looking for donations donations I would imagine he'll probably take money if you can get it right. Oh yeah yeah. Owns yeah I think fits probably the best thing to do be do or do I either context miert. Contact. Children's hopes. Which is a that's had a group I have kind of partnered with Turkey or just call my office and they get cute. I can get you hooked up in terms of your just making a donation and it's tax. The verifiable wants these so that it is tax deductible and you at all. You're above board in terms of that be absolutely I mean ordeal we're now at a point where. I'm working on procuring you know. Just more medical supplies were still looking for some more medical equipment in terms of the deal are. And Tim feels. Kind of they shout out here area theater any nurses or. Positions or PCs horror. Than anybody who's. In boulder we have found surgery in the early in the operating room aspect and wants to get involved and good on the heating and do some volunteer work. Please call me. And to throw is looking for groups who works. I rarely. Can't handle like a person or to believe probably were trying to. Assemble. Teams see your team don't go down together so you know maybe utes I don't know maybe you work with a surge and got a couple of nurses that want to go down and he would do some work in that Haiti we could. Set something like they had a pretty easily. It's how frequently are you going to. Well it's. He did in every six months in this probably be a little bit more frequently now we're finally up and going down. He had a lot of my time is spent just trying to you know get more groups and you work on supplying. And Canada's supply chain it's. Quite difficult supply chain in terms we actually. What we do is done to get medical supplies down there we had some. It's. They're big crates the least ship to make you had to make the Creighton are Naira building here and then that. Loaded fed up with medical equipment and supplies. Leadership that down to Birmingham. Where they bought that truck. And they put in the back of the truck and in the truck get shipped over to Jacques mail that we get through customs. And so it's it's now it is easy is just so it. Gives you real medical equipment elsewhere so he has that edge that that's. Cumulative problematic the way we found ways to solve them. That's the simply is going to the FedEx office. So it's a totally Eric Parker worked until me and what do you think the surgeries and is going to mean for the community. Oh how I think we're bringing hope. I mean I think we're gonna be over here we're gonna build a stabilize say I think we're gonna. I don't know you. Hopefully have davis' significant impact in terms of the improving people's health and and I think giving hope also very important. What is the response been community. Who has been very good. You know it's been very good and we haven't had done these surgeries yet but I mean just. The impact to children's hope his head down there in terms of the orphanages. You know what they've been able to do outreach is where daylight you go out to. Kind of in the hinterlands around shocked smell and they'll bring in medical teams and they'll be based out of the church and let go into it church Chanel. So fed up this kind of a mini hospital. And then now on the if they can now it is patients treated require continuing treatment. It kind of bring them back into the main hub down and shocked mail also. Yeah. When you first went down to Haiti and you thought of this idea. Did you ever think it would did materialize in in what's been the most difficult part. How all honesty I think yeah I thought it was going to be Larry we had this to you went down there works. Yeah I talked to somebody and figuring that. You had to build this thing's going to be probably DO 2530000. And and they were probably eight times that right now and it just. Everything just two weeks longer and in Haiti in particular just it's it just takes longer to do things but we're getting there and mean this is a structure that's going to be there for under gears we hope and so yeah I just everything to remove and I think has been little tougher this that's. We be performing surgeries. Oh absolutely yeah and three weeks yeah well. While you go to practice here and a busy and soon to be open practice in Haiti. I do. Well this has been really exciting and interesting as they love hearing good news stories like this. Well you know it's yeah I think there's a lot of there's a lot of good in this world anything clear. And we were kind of cut up and at time at least in America or just seems like is negative negative negative on both sides and there's a lot of goodness out there and so. Well congratulations. Well thank you very much we've been talking today with doctor Michael Workman a plastic surgery and surgeon here in the Portland Vancouver area who is soon to be opening up the lifesaving surgery center in Haiti. Thanks again Tucker. My pleasure. Do you involves doctor workmen in the life saving surgery senator call 3608966000. That's 3608966000. Mitchell's bill is an Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks of if you're involved with a nonprofit or public affairs organization or do you have an idea for an upcoming show I'd like to hear from you. Visit microscope PDX dot com and submit your ideas you can also go to the station's website handsome richer information there. Thanks for listening to metals go and enjoy the rest of your weekend.