January 18th, 2010
11:55 AM ET
11 years ago

Frist travels to Haiti to help with relief efforts

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/04/art.getty.bill.frist.jpg caption="Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a heart and lung surgeon, departed for Haiti on Monday as part of a medical mission to provide relief to the battered Carribean nation."](CNN) - Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a heart and lung surgeon, departed for Haiti on Monday as part of a medical mission to provide relief to the battered Carribean nation.

"I left this morning out of Southern Florida, prepared for disaster conditions and with as many medical supplies as I was allowed to carry," Frist said in an e-mail to supporters Monday. He said he will be blogging and posting photos from the country throughout his trip.

Frist said he is soliciting donations and medical supplies for the Haiti Disaster Relief Fund, a group he founded to assist victims of last week's earthquake. Frist is traveling to Port-au-Prince with Samaritan's Purse, a Christian relief organization.

Chris Walker, a spokesman for the former Tennessee senator, said in an e-mail that Frist will be in Haiti for "as long as needed."

Frist has also undertaken several medical missions to Darfur, the war-torn region of western Sudan.

Filed under: Bill Frist • Haiti
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. true daughter of the american revolution

    he's gonna get a good look at america if we don't stop the banks and the insurance companies from stealing every last penny we have...

    January 18, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. AJ

    Well thats surprising! What's in it for him?

    January 18, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Royster

    Here's my question: If 'choosing life' is so importand to Sarah Palin, why is SHE not on her way to Haiti? If Rush Limbaugh is so worried our money won;t make it to Haiti, why is HE not on the way to Haiti?

    In crises like this it becomes even more apparent...the GOP only cares about themselves, their money, their rights, their constitutients. Anyone else......nothing.

    January 18, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Silence Dogoode

    All of you yammering...why aren't you over in Haiti with your sleeves rolled up? Quit complaining when people are actually doing something. If you can go, then go...If you can't go the donate. if you can't donate, then pray and get out of the way....

    January 18, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. joe kiloz


    January 18, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. Salida Lilly

    Yes, you can never ever satisfy the lazy, ungrateful, and do-nothing loud mouth group. Now he leaves to help while we are all here sitting in our PJs, we the keyboard critics and some of you think he is doing this for himself? So why if he is?

    And you who can't allow him to work on your farm, where are the animals, in your computer games?

    Get real. To critize someone, you must at least be doing much more than spell checking your post. Mr. Frist no matter what you think, has actually stepped up and is going to do something for the helpless in Haiti. The least you can do is be grateful and say thank you.

    BTW thank you Mr. Frist!

    January 18, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. FJM

    Thanks for your help Mr. Frist. I never cared for your politics and still don't, but your skills are needed and you can provide assistance to the people over there. I wish you well.

    January 18, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Wynona, IL

    The pompous doughboy needs to stay home. He couldn't care less about the Haitians. Trust me there will be a camera following him to promote his next election.

    January 18, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. tpbco

    You gotta love the "altruism" of the Liberal Party of America. Just read their comments (and shake your head).

    January 18, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. agro21

    Amazing. This guy is going to do good and there is so much finger pointing and hate being spewed here. This is a time to put our hatred aside, it's time to pray and hope and work to help tthese poor folks out. As a people, we have really lost our way.

    January 18, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Debby

    Well Haiti needs all the help they can get vs. just lip service.

    January 18, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. John D.

    Well done Mr. Frist. While your there try and make sure the 100 million Obama promised them isn't stolen from the people there who need it until at least the second day after it arrives.

    Lord knows the Democrats here in the states don't know how to do it without waste.

    January 18, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Debby

    Hey Dutch the Great there are already republicans over there try the military.

    January 18, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. martin

    Haiti- no health care, no OSHA, no banking regulations, no minimum wage, and best of all, no government. Of course he's going there, it's a Republican dream-come-true.

    January 18, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. rachel

    Sourtherncousin your full of it. Hillary went to meet with the Haitian government and she went on a military plane already headed out, and she went at the request of the the president of Haiti and she brought supplies and brought stranded americans back and rushed through paperworkd for orphans who were in the process of beign adopted she made a big difference I think your guy is the one who is looking for a photo opportunity


    January 18, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Dave

    Good for him. Hopefully people will not politicize this and just Thank GOD that there are those from this country doing what they can to help.

    oops, too late, the far left is already attacking him. Sad and pathetic.

    January 18, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. You need a clue

    "No – what Frist the Fist is doing is trying to make himself appear as someone who actually cares about less fortunate people. The GOP always fails in this area. If Frist really cared, he wouldn't be wearing a $3000 dollar suit and tie to help the Haitians. They need some with a bulldozer and shovels to dig out the injured, someone who will roll his sleeves up and get dirty in survival rescue mode". . .

    From someone who lists his "two Master's Degrees" [sic] like that, your cluelessness is of little surprise. But Frist is going down to perform emergency surgery, donating his time of course, as he has done in other disasters in regions such as Africa.

    Of course, I am sure you feel he will little value compared to the likes of Hillary. Certainly, lifesaving surgery is nothing compared to photo-ops and promises of delivering other peoples' money.

    January 18, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. Razorback

    Typial libs. A Republican does the right thing-taking his surgical skills and medical supplies to the disaster area-and all the libs can do is complain about what he is wearing or that they wouldn't let him work on farm animals. Senator Frist is doing the right thing. Why can't you do the same?

    January 18, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Bob form pittsburgh

    joe smith wrote:

    ""you see, men of conscience do the right thing..the democratically controlled house/senate want nothing more than to tax the American people into poverty""

    My wife and I gave a substancial amount of money (Substancial to us)

    What have you done Joe?

    Using the the despair of Haiti to score political points is not the Christian thing to do..

    January 18, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. wait a minute

    Good job! Dr. Frist!
    Receiving free medical care is different from being covered for medical care. Those GOP doctors feel good about giving free care on Monday, but some people have to see doctors on six other days, too.

    Give every American Universal Health Care and cut down health care costs.

    January 18, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. Dave

    Notice how the US is leading in this effort?

    How it is OUR doctors.
    How it is OUR hospitals they are coming to.
    How it is OUR country the refugees are fleeing to.

    Yet for 10 years all we hear from the far left and from others in the world is how horrible we are. How imperialisitc we are. How are hospitals and medical treatments are bad.

    Are they fleeing to Cuba? Venezuela? Europe? Brazil? Iran? No.

    Is the UN over there in full force doing what it is supposed to do? No. They, as usual, are there in small amounts. Just enought to give a decent impression but not actually accomplish much other than image.

    As usual, it is the USA. It is OUR military and OUR PRIVATE charities doing most the heavy lifting.

    January 18, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. Ginny D

    Randall, you need more than two Master's Degrees if you don't know that the picture posted here shows Dr. Frist at an event, not in Haiti. How do you know what the Frist plan is since he has never announced any? There are thousands of Haitians with injuries who need surgeons. I commend Dr. Frist. Aunt Bea and Opie. He wouldn't work on your farm animals. You don't have the courage to use your real name. so keep up with your lies and garbage. You give all of us a good laugh.

    January 18, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Bob form pittsburgh

    I was wrong..

    Joe is not the only one taking advantage of a calamity to score political points , shame on you all...

    January 18, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. bc

    Also, might you consider Feedthechildren.org : They specialize in helping the children.

    January 18, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. Matt

    good for him, but where is GW? Clinton is going to Haiti, Clinton and Bush are on the same fundraising team, isn't GW still the leader?
    That's right, nobody wants to be seen with him, he is a failure. Unfortunately both are of epic porportions (sp)

    January 18, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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