The hospital was quite close to the epicenter of the tragic earthquake which occurred in 2010 and devastated the Haitian capital. The hospital survived with minimal damage. AdventHealth’s involvement in Haiti began in response to the humanitarian crisis created by the earthquake. Over the past nine years since the earthquake, AdventHealth has worked closely with Adventist Health International and Loma Linda University Medical Center to provide assistance to the hospital. Once the disaster response phase ended, AdventHealth was heavily involved in supporting campus improvements (renovations to the medical laboratory, operating rooms and emergency department). Philanthropy has been a key component of this support, as well.
AdventHealth has also established a program to provide health care to at-risk children in Haiti called Operation Sunshine. Working with Haiti Adventist Hospital (HAH) and My Neighbor’s Children, a Florida non-profit, AdventHealth provides health care to over 500 children living at 10 orphanages and children’s homes. Volunteers provide wellness care to the children and HAH provides sick care. AdventHealth uses philanthropy to reimburse HAH for the sick care provided.
Committed donors have also established an endowment fund with the AdventHealth Foundation to provide indigent surgical patients with services at HAH. These patients are treated by volunteer surgical teams, and HAH is reimbursed for the additional costs incurred in connection with these patients. A new fund is being established to provide care to indigent patients being served at HAH outside of the surgical area (primarily medical and emergency patients).
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Executive Sponsor: Terry Owen
In-Country Partner: Haiti Adventist Hospital, Port-au-Prince