In 2004, Dr. Ming Young and I founded Project Haiti Heart, a nonprofit organization, with primary objectives of providing medical, humanitarian, and spiritual aid to the people of Haiti. In 2005, in conjunction with the Haitian Christian Mission, we began raising funds for construction of a teaching hospital and medical school in Fonds Parisiens, 30 miles outside of Port-au-Prince. In 2008, we finished stage I of the construction project, the obstetrics wing of the hospital. Today, the obstetrics center is staffed by two midwives and three physicians, and delivers an average of 1,000 infants each year.
Seeing the incredible impact of a permanent medical facility first hand, in 2010 the executive board for Project Haiti Heart unanimously voted to proceed with phase II of the construction project. We will expand our medical facilities by building a 12,000 square foot, two-story building to include an emergency room, outpatient center, medical intensive care unit, surgical intensive care unit, medical ward, pediatric ward, CT scan room, operating room, and cardiac catheterization lab. The expansion project will allow us to provide primary and tertiary care to over 300,000 Haitians and will help to further rebuild the nation’s infrastructure.
Estimated cost for phase II is 500 thousand dollars. Your support of Project Haiti Heart and the people of Haiti is vital to the success of our projects in Haiti. All contributions to Project Haiti Heart are tax-deductible.
Serge Geffrard, MD
President, Project Haiti Heart
Project Haiti Heart and the Haitian Christian Mission are in the process of building a medical center in Fonds Parisiens which will serve 300,000 inhabitants of Fonds Parisiens and surrounding communities. The center will provide both primary and tertiary care and will serve as a training center for the next generation of Haitian physicians. The center will include the following: An obstetrics and gynecology center (Completed in 2008), a multi-purpose emergency room, outpatient center, pediatric and adult wards, medical intensive care unit, CT scan room, surgical intensive care unit, operating room, and a cardiac catheterization laboratory.
Obstetrics and Gynecology Center
Haiti has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the western hemisphere. To tackle this problem significant improvements are needed in prenatal, peripartum, and postnatal care. Improvements in these three areas will help prevent many diseases and complications. In 2008, we completed the obstetrics and gynecology center. The center includes a 2500 square foot building, with an obstetric exam room, a delivery room, an operating room, a sterilizing room, and a maternity ward. Today, the obstetrics center is staffed by two midwives and three physicians, and delivers an average of 1,000 infants each year.
The obstetrics and gynecology center
PROPOSED FEATURES OF FUTURE CONSTRUCTION (STAGE II)
Multi-Purpose Emergency Room
Our medical center is located on the main road which connects Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Because of its easy accessibility, we are the primary center for emergent cases in the vicinity. From trauma to medical and obstetric cases, we are the first line of defense. We plan to build a ten-room emergency room with X-ray and laboratory facilities.
About 20,000 patients are seen at our outpatient center each year. The exam rooms of our current outpatient center were built in the 1970s and are antiquated. We plan to build a ten-room outpatient center with modernized equipments and designs.
Pediatric Wards And Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
There are no pediatric wards at our hospital currently. Our plans include the followings: ten pediatric and adolescent unit, and two intensive care beds.
The adult wards will include: Ten general medicine beds, four intensive care beds, and two isolation rooms.
Many in Haiti are in need of surgical interventions. Unfortunately, there are only few hospitals in Haiti which are equipped for these operations. Our plan is to build a tertiary surgical care center in Fonds Parisiens. We plan to build one large operating rooms in addition to the operating room at the obstetrics and gynecology center. The new operating room will allow us to perform more complicated surgeries such as cardiac surgeries.
Surgical Intensive Care Unit Post Anesthesia Recovery Unit
We are building a twelve bed surgical intensive care unit and a six bed post-anesthesia recovery unit to be used for patient who are recovering from surgery, cardiac catheterization, and other procedures.
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
With recent advances in technology, many cardiac procedures which previously required cardiac surgery can now be performed safely in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. This is ideal for a country like Haiti where resources for cardiac surgery are limited.We plan to build a modernized cardiac catheterization laboratory which will allow cardiologists to perform invasive procedures in a safe environment. This will be the first cardiac catheterization laboratory in the country.
Electronic Medical Records
Electronic medical records will greatly optimize patient care in Haiti. We are currently looking at purchasing a web-based electronic medical records system which will allow both local and remote management of patients. In addition, since several different groups from the United States go to our hospital, this will greatly enhance continuity of care.
Medical School and Residency Program
One of the most important projects is to start a medical school and residency training program in Fonds Parisiens. Our goal is to create a program that produces physicians with solid medical training and Christ-like leadership skills in the clinical and spiritual settings.
With the soaring price of oil, alternative energy sources are a necessity for our medical center. Alternative energy sources are an integral part of all of our construction projects.
The medical center in Fonds Parisiens is predominantly financially supported by donations from individuals, churches, and other organizations to the Haitian Christian Mission and Project Haiti Heart. All contributions are tax deductible
JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION (PHASE II)
XRAY TECHNICIANS 2
**Each job created will support 5 – 10 members of the community making the overall impact of the hospital reach 300 – 600 people in need.
PROPOSED FEATURES OF FUTURE CONSTRUCTION (STAGE III)
Medical School and Residency Program
One of the most important projects is the construction of a medical school and residency training program in Fonds Parisiens. Our goal is to create a program that produces physicians with solid medical training and Christ-like leadership skills in the clinical and spiritual settings. We are at the preliminary stages of the construction of the medical school and residency program.