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

RENTON, WA – 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.

Providence 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 buildings collapsed.

Dr. Rod 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 years.”

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.

Throughout 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.

Catholic Relief 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.

“We are supporting the development of a teaching hospital because Providence’s global health support focuses on sustainable solutions,” added Dr. Hochman.