<P>Page 74 »On the Ground» ALL ABOARD: TREATING PATIENTS IN THE WAKE OF DISASTER Colleen K. Gallagher, FNP »O In April 2009, I had the privilege of visiting Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I was assigned to the U.S. Navys hospital ship, USNS Comfort for Continuing Promise 2009, a 4-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission to Latin America and the Caribbean region providing medical, dental, veterinary, and engineering assistance. I was with a multidisciplinary health care team. We worked in an extremely impoverished area where there was limited access to health care. As a team, we treated severe goiters; untreated congenital anomalies; untreated, in- vasive, benign, and cancerous tumors; and the e?ects of tropical diseases such as ?lariasis. The trip had a profound impact on me, not only as a clinician, but also as a person. In the evening, I would look out from the ship and see the many lights from homes high into the hills and moun- tains twinkling in the night. On the day we departed, I remember wondering if I would or could ever come back. Nine months later, on January 12, an earth- quake measured at 7.0 magnitude killed approximately 230,000 people, injured hundreds of thou- sands more, and displaced millions. On January 15, I deployed on the U.S. Navys hospital ship, USNS Comfort. I had no idea what to expect. 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