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Alumna to Speak at Peace Studies Coffeehouse on Haiti

Posted on Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Jessica Limpert, a 2007 Westminster College graduate, will speak at the Peace Studies Coffeehouse on Haiti Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. in the Witherspoon Maple Room of the McKelvey Campus Center. The program is free and open to the public.

Limpert works in the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Early in February, just three weeks after Haiti's devastating earthquake, Limpert deployed to work around the clock in a tent hospital and makeshift ICU there. She now serves as a liaison to Haiti and continues to deploy nurses from Allegheny General to staff a Port au Prince hospital.

Limpert speaks to nurses and students throughout the state on "Preparing for Disaster," sharing her experiences as a disaster relief nurse and talking about the current needs in Haiti. She will bring a collection of photos that can be purchased to help fund future medical trips.

An introduction to the program will be given by Westminster junior history majors Jessie Foertsch and Morgan Smith.

Foertsch is a daughter of Albert and Debra Foertsch of Butler and a graduate of Knoch High School.

Smith is a daughter of Ralph and Rosalyn Smith of Sharon and a graduate of Sharon High School.

Contact Dr. Sherri Pataki, Westminster assistant professor of psychology and coordinator of the coffeehouse, at (724) 946-7361 or e-mail for additional information.

Jessica Limpert (center)
Jessica Limpert with Haitian patients