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Rebuilding A Haiti Hospital: Fact Sheet

St. François de Sales Hospital: Before and After the Quake

Illustration of the rebuilt St. François de Sales Hospital

CRS is spearheading the rebuilding of St. François de Sales Hospital, which was destroyed by the January 2010 earthquake. Illustration courtesy of CRS Haiti

  • St. François de Sales Hospital was established in Port-au-Prince in 1881. Its mission is to care for and treat poor members of the community. More recently, the hospital was designated as the university teaching hospital for the University of Notre Dame of Haiti.
  • Before the earthquake in January 2010, the 117-bed hospital employed 291 people in outpatient and community wards.
  • The quake destroyed 80 percent of the hospital's buildings, including the maternity, pediatric and general inpatient wards, and spared only portions of the surgical and outpatient units.
  • Nearly 140 patients and hospital staff members lost their lives when the buildings collapsed.
  • At the time of the earthquake, the relationship between the hospital and AIDSRelief, a CRS-led consortium that provides HIV care and treatment to poor people in nine countries, enabled CRS and our partner, the University of Maryland Medical Center, to address immediate medical needs and develop a long-term response.

Hospital Will Remain Open During Construction

The CRS St. François de Sales Hospital project will rebuild the hospital's physical structure and bring its operations to the standards of a state-of-the-art university teaching hospital. Project partners include CRS, the University of Notre Dame of Haiti, St. François de Sales Hospital, the local Catholic Church and others.

  • Since January 2010, St. François de Sales Hospital has been operating in tents. The situation offers only an acceptable level of comfort and quality of care.
  • The new St. François de Sales Hospital will be built on its original site. During construction, the hospital will relocate temporarily—for 12-18 months—to the Grand Seminary of Notre Dame of Cazeau, approximately 12½ miles from the current site.
  • The temporary hospital will include approximately 40 tents designed specifically for hospital use, two large compartments and three covered, open areas for the kitchen/dining room, reception/triage and rehabilitation.
  • St. François de Sales Hospital Rises Anew

    The lab at the temporary St. François de Sales

    Photo by Benjamin Depp for CRS

    Destroyed in the 2010 Haiti earthquake, a new state-of-the-art facility is born.

  • The site will have facilities and beds for an estimated 120 patients—pediatric, labor and delivery, newborn, medical/surgical and pre- and postoperative. Up to 160 additional beds will be available for people in rehabilitation and those needing physical or occupational therapy. Space will be allotted to hospital personnel, a laboratory, radiology, a pharmacy, storage, an HIV testing area and more.
  • To ensure the public is aware of the new location, CRS will undertake a social marketing campaign before, during and after the transfer. Subsidized transportation will be available to people needing it.

New Facility Will Offer State-of-the-Art Care

The project will restore the full capacity of the hospital to provide health care to low- and middle-income patients and will strengthen St. François de Sales Hospital's ability to offer high-quality care.

  • The hospital facilities will be rebuilt and reequipped to the international standards of an accredited university teaching hospital.
  • Project staff will prioritize rebuilding efforts, which will begin with basic services such as pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, surgery, orthopedics, and the outpatient and emergency clinics. Staff also will prioritize key support services, including ambulance transportation, laboratory services, pharmacy, medical imaging, health information services, community health activities, morgue, security, laundry, kitchen and maintenance.
  • Depending on resources and capacity, the project will introduce additional services in line with a hospital-developed business plan.

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