St. Mary’s Welcomes Home Healthcare Hero Who Extended Compassion and Care to Reach out to Fellow Residents in Haiti
Renette Laguerre, RN, Joined Medical Relief Mission to Help Save Lives
St. Mary’s is honored to welcome home one of our own healthcare heroes, Renette Laguerre, RN, a field nurse with St. Mary’s Long Term Home Health Care Program, who returned from Haiti after a 10-day volunteer medical relief mission.
A native of Haiti, Renette “could not idly watch the news reports of the devastation, pain, and destruction without taking action.” She contacted the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad and joined 200 physicians, nurses, therapists, and other healthcare professionals from around the world on a journey to save lives.
When they arrived in Haiti on a plane donated by the Church of Scientology, Renette was assigned to the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince. With no physical building left standing, the Hospital and its volunteers managed to provide critical care to a constant flow of patients – up to 350 per day – in a makeshift assemblage of 60 tents in yards and streets. Renette worked in the adult post-operative tent along with a doctor from New Jersey where 90% of their patients were treated for amputations and severe burns – a stark contrast to her work back home where she helps improve the health and quality of life for children with chronic and complex health conditions.
“I’m so glad to be home with my family,” remarked Renette. “But I can’t stop thinking about the future that lies ahead for Haiti.”
A resident of Baldwin, Long Island and mother of 19- and 9-year-old girls, Renette is grateful to her friends and family for their support. “Everyone has been so supportive. My 9-year-old’s teacher wrote me a beautiful letter and the whole fourth grade class prayed for me.”
Renette is planning to return to Haiti in the summer.