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Community Foundation(s): Brainerd Lakes Area
Award: 2022 BLACF Global Humanitarian Award
Paul Severson, M.D., Surgeon at CRMC, was selected to receive the inaugural BLACF Global Humanitarian Award in recognition of his kindness, generosity, and passion for helping others. He has assisted in raising millions of dollars for Haiti’s healthcare facilities and has served as a volunteer physician for 30 years with Project Haiti, a non-profit organization he founded that now has 800 volunteers who provide humanitarian relief to the impoverished people of Haiti. He has made over 70 trips to Haiti as a missionary volunteer to teach laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery to more than 300 surgeons. Project Haiti also supported Hospital Bienfaisance by infrastructure improvements, expanding to add surgery, and education wings, a dormitory, airport, and primary school in Pignon. He’s looking forward to spending more time there during his upcoming retirement.