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Arapahoe Peak clinic staffer headed to Haiti

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By Vicky Gits

Nurse practitioner Monica Rabanal of Evergreen is heading to Port-au-Prince on Feb. 16 with a medical team of 14 doctors and nurses with International Medical Relief of Denver for one week.

Her flight had been cleared as of Monday, Feb. 8, to fly directly from JFK into the airport at Port-au-Prince. Rabanal will be working at a clinic a mile away from the airport.

Arapahoe Peak Health Center, 28000 Meadow Drive, supports staff members who volunteer for various medical missions to foreign countries.

Rabanal, 38, has been a nurse for 15 years and a nurse practitioner for 10 years. She has a background as a flight nurse and some experience in emergency medicine and disaster relief training.

To get into the program, she had to write an essay describing such things as how she would handle extreme situations and arduous conditions.

The relief organization provides one meal a day and minimal accommodations, probably in a tent. Rabanal is expected to bring a sleeping bag, a change of clothes, and only one carry-on bag. She will work 12- to 16-hour days.

Rabanal said she is accustomed to traveling in Third World countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. She returns Feb. 23. 

Contact Vicky Gits at vicky@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042.