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Hospital physician aids Katrina victims

New Britain [May 02 2008] - As part of a multigenerational team from Bethany Covenant Church in Berlin, Hospital of Central Connecticut orthopedic surgeon David A.J. Belman, M.D., recently traveled to Louisiana, helping rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The 24-member team, in Louisiana April 20-25, worked at four different sites in Port Sulphur, La., framing walls, installing roof trusses, applying and finishing sheetrock, and cleaning up debris still left by the hurricane.

A local Baptist church provided accommodations for the team, with Belman and other men sleeping in camp cots or on the floor in the church sanctuary.
Despite several near misses, Belman avoided getting his thumbs hit by a hammer, but did consults for numerous scraped knees and arms.

“I’m grateful that the hospital allowed me the time to assist those devastated by Katrina,” says Belman, director of the hospital’s orthopedic clinic. “I found them kind, generous, resourceful and hospitable.”

Contact: Kimberly Gensicki, 860-224-5900, ext. 6507














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