Providence helps build in Haiti
Providence Health & Services
Helps Open a New Haitian Hospital
Five years after devastating earthquake,
Providence contributes $250,000 towards construction of a new teaching hospital
– Five years after an earthquake destroyed St. Francis de Sales Hospital in
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the hospital is set to re-open in a new, modern
facility, due to support of Catholic health care organizations in the United
States, including Providence Health & Services. The new St. Francis de
Sales is one of the first public buildings to be completed in the Haitian capital
where reconstruction has been slow.
has contributed $250,000 towards the construction and will provide ongoing
in-kind support with medical supplies and equipment as well as clinical
education and training. Providence’s support is a part of the U.S. Catholic
Health Association’s fundraising effort, the Campaign for Rebirth and Renewal,
to support the reconstruction.
On Jan. 12,
2010, a massive, magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti devastating much of the
country’s capital, killing more than 230,000 people and leaving approximately
two million people homeless. The earthquake leveled 80 percent of the buildings
at St. Francis de Sales, including the pediatric and general inpatient wards.
An estimated 70 patients, visitors and staff were killed when the hospital
Hochman, president and CEO for Providence Health & Services, said,
“Regardless of national boundaries, compassionate service to those who are poor
and vulnerable has been a part of the Providence Mission for more the 170
In addition to the $250,000 to support construction, Providence has
provided much-needed medical supplies, both prior to and since the 2010
earthquake. Since 2010 alone, Providence has donated more than $161,000 in
supplies and equipment.
its 100-plus-year history, St. Francis de Sales Hospital has been the principal
health care provider for the poorest and most vulnerable people of the Haitian
capital, Port-au-Prince. The new 200-bed hospital will be dedicated Jan. 15.
Services funded and supervised the construction of the new 125,000-square-foot
hospital, which will serve as a teaching facility for medical professionals to
help train the doctors and nurses to provide the quality health for Haiti.
supporting the development of a teaching hospital because Providence’s global
health support focuses on sustainable solutions,” added Dr. Hochman.