HAITI ST. ARD HOSPITAL

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Summary

The St. Ard hospital is expanding its services to become a 24-hour facility by completing a second floor addition and purchases needed medical equipment, including an ambulance. The hospital ministry at St. Ard uses general medicine and medical procedures to provide comfort and opportunities for evangelism and spiritual growth. Services include surgery, optometry, dentistry, pediatrics, prosthetics, obstetrics, and internal medicine.

Cost

The total project cost is $29,000!

BACKGROUND

  • In July 2005, the St. Ard Hospital, in partnership with the Church of God in Haiti, opened its doors.
  • The goal of the hospital has been to provide an array of services including medical, dental, radiographic, laboratory, optometry, pharmacy, prosthetics, and occasional surgical.
  • The hospital is staffed by Haitian medical professionals.
  • The hospital has now seen over 100,000 different patients!

Vision

Currently, the hospital is open 5-days-per-week, but the goal is to establish around the clock medical services for emergencies, as well as inpatient capabilities

STRATEGY

In order to make these expanded services a possibility the dental and optometry clinics have been moved to the second floor of the facility, allowing more space for general medical, inpatient, and surgical services to be performed on the first floor of the facility. The hospital must also put up a security wall and purchase other medical equipment, including an ambulance.

The total cost of this phase of the project is $29,000.

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“The plans are drawn, the contractor has been chosen, the government approval has been granted, and the support of the local medical community has been voiced.”

Mark and Kathy Fulton
Global Strategy Missionaries to Haiti and director of St. Ard Hospital

The Church of God in Haiti

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The Church of God has a history in Haiti spanning more than 50 years, with the primary focus placed upon church planting and support. Within many of the Church of God facilities, schools have been established and a few children’s care facilities are currently operating. Church of God sponsored healthcare, however, has been limited to short-term visiting medical teams, who travel from church to church. In an effort to broaden the medical care opportunities in the outreaches of Haiti, a building was begun with the idea of Haitian medical professionals staffing the facility to provide healthcare on a routine basis with the Church of God coming alongside the indigenous personnel to provide support.

In July 2005, the “Hospital of the Church of God in Haiti” opened its doors. With continuous operation since that time, the clinic has now seen over 100,000 different patients, providing medical, dental, radiographic, laboratory, optometry, pharmacy, prosthetics, and occasionally surgical care.  The current direction of the 5-day-per-week clinic is to establish around the clock medical services for emergencies, as well as inpatient capabilities. In order to make these expanded services a possibility, the governing body of the clinic, along with the Haitian health department is mandating that the dental clinic and the optometry clinic be moved to the second floor of the facility, allowing more space all general medical, inpatient and surgical services to be performed on the first floor of the facility.

With this done, there are other needs that need to be met in order to be fully functioning. One need is for an ambulance for medical transport.

Construction Information

In January of 2017, Lopital L’Eglise de Dieu Réformée (the hospital of the Church of God) received a 3 year full hospital license from the government of Haiti, the maximum length available for licensure. During this 3-year period, certain demands are placed upon our facility to progress. One of the demands and a needed addition to our hospital is to provide 24-hour emergency care.  This necessitates many changes to our facility to accommodate not only emergency medicine, but also the surgical and transport capabilities to handle the more extreme injuries.  Many things are needed to open the emergency services department, but one very important piece is the ability to transport patients to other facilities.  In Haiti there is no “911” to call nor are there any ambulances to come to your house.  You must present yourself to a medical facility and then the facility is responsible to transport you to another facility should the need arise.  Currently, our only option is to transport gravely ill patients in the back seat of an available vehicle and take them on the several hour journey to larger hospital.  We must have a designated transport vehicle, an ambulance variation, capable of holding a patient in a stretcher, an oxygen tank and some IV fluids prior to opening our emergency care unit.  Most facilities here that have a transport vehicle utilize modified vans or SUV’s.   We are praying that we are able to purchase a transport vehicle prior to the end of licensure, and as quickly as possible, to aid in life-saving care for the patients in our area.

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St. Ard Hospital
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St. Ard Hospital

Images of the St. Ard Hospital, Haiti

Prosthetic Fitting
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Prosthetic Fitting

A prosthetic fitting at the St. Ard Hospital, Haiti

Second Floor Renovations
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Second Floor Renovations

Space of second floor renovation

Will you join Global Strategy in helping provide necessary medical care to people in Haiti?

Ways to make a difference

  • Check – make checks payable to “Church of God Ministries” and specify “Haiti St. Ard Hospital – 42.30301 in the memo line.
  • Online – visit this link.

For more information, contact Andrew Gale at 800.848.2464 or [email protected]

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