A Catholic hospital in the earthquake-ravaged capital of Haiti is getting a boost in its effort to rebuild from two U.S.-based health care systems with strong Catholic connections.
Catholic Health East in Newton Square, Pa., and BayCare Health Systems in Clearwater, Fla., this week donated $100,000 each toward the reconstruction of St. Francis de Sales Hospital in the center of Port-au-Prince.
The CEOs of the two health systems said in a press release that rebuilding the hospital as quickly as possible is crucial to the recovery of the country as well as the health and well being of the Haitian people.
Additional grants and contributions of neary $50,000 from various foundations within the Catholic Health East system also were made to the reconstruction effort.
Despite losing most of its facilities during the Jan. 12 earthquake — including operating rooms and a pediatrics wing where up to 100 people died — the hospital has set up makeshift treatment facilities for victims. About 70 beds were moved from unsafe parts of the hospital compound and placed under tents and tarps in a courtyard. Prior to the earthquake the hospital had about 120 beds available for patients.
Several teams of trauma specialists from the United States have ventured to Port-au-Prince to assist their Haitian counterparts during the five weeks since the earthquake hit.
The two hospital systems are providing the funds through Global Health Ministry, a charitable program of Catholic Health East which has sent teams of health care professionals to Latin American and Caribbean nations for more than 20 years.
Several Catholic hospitals in the Tampa Bay area, including St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Women’s and St. Joseph’s Hospital North, are part of the BayCare Health System.
Catholic Health East is a Catholic health system co-sponsored by nine religious congregations in 11 eastern states extending from Maine to Florida.