Utah Business magazine held a recognition luncheon on Septemer 29, 2010 in honor of this year’s Health Care Heroes - 24 individuals and companies across the state going above and beyond the regular call of duty, helping to heal and save lives on a daily basis.
"It was a terrible/amazing experience," says Dr. Jeffrey Randle of his trip to Haiti five days after the January earthquake. "Much of it reminded me of a war zone in which men, women and children were affected indiscriminately."
His humanitarian trip to Haiti after the earthquake was just the latest example of Randle's dedication to relieving the great suffering in Haiti--the poorest nation in the West.
A private practice physician who specializes in musculoskeletal medicine, Randle was a key founder of the charitable organization Healing Hands for Haiti Foundation, which was created in 1998 to provide medical care to disabled people in Haiti. Since its inception, the organization has treated more than 10,000 patients and provided more than 1,000 wheelchairs and 1,000 prosthetic limbs.
In 2000, the foundation created a state-of-the-art care center in Haiti with a prosthetic shop, physical and occupational therapy facilities, and a rehabilitation medical clinic. Sadly, six of the center's seven buildings were destroyed in the earthquake. "We are making plans to rebuild and hope to raise enough money to make our clinic even better," says Randle.