The January 12, 2010 Haiti earthquake destroyed 80 percent of the St. François de Sales Hospital in Port-au-Prince. The quake also killed 140 of the hospital's staff and patients. But St. François is the hospital that refuses to die. Catholic Relief Services and hospital staff salvaged an emergency facility from the rubble and continued to treat patients with critical crush injuries, saving many lives and limbs. The hospital transferred to a temporary site in late 2010, all the time carrying on its mission to treat the poor. Now, at the original site in the heart of Port-au-Prince, a modern, 120-plus bed teaching hospital is taking shape. The new St. François will train the doctors and nurses of Haiti's future as well as serving the poorest citizens of Port-au-Prince and beyond. The new hospital is a joint project between the Catholic Health Association, the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, Sur Futuro foundation, the University of Notre Dame Haiti and CRS.
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