17
Jun

Bienvenue nan L’hopital St. Therese

We arrived yesterday to our home base for the next three weeks: Hospital St. Therese in Hinche, Haiti.

Hospital St. Therese is a public hospital in the central plateau region of Haiti, one of the poorest regions in Haiti. The hospital is affiliated with the non-profit Partners in Health/Zanmi Lasante, but otherwise is government funded. As such, the hospital is limited in the services it can provide patients. Laboratory work is usually limited to basic labs such as H&H and creatinine and imaging is limited to X-ray and ultrasound. EKG is available but costs patients $11 US dollars ($1 is about $60 Haitian gourde). IV fluids and oxygen are limited in supply. There is no blood-bank in-house and cross-matching is limited to ABO compatibility. Patients stay in open-air wards, and bring their own sheets, bedpans and food for their stay.

We have partnered with Hospital St. Therese since 2008 and have seen significant changes to the hospital during that time. Dr. Prince Pierre, a previous Haitian senator who also completed cardiothoracic surgical training in Canada, became head medical director of the hospital about two years ago. Since that time, the hospital has developed an ICU and upgraded the OR from two to four rooms. Dr. Prince has hired several new surgeons to work at the hospital as well. And, one of the first nurse practitioner students in Port-au-Prince is continuing to work in Hinche while she completes her degree. We have also encountered new faces this year from the US including a nurse practitioner from UCSF who is helping to develop nursing education for the nursing staff at the hospital, and an internist from UChicago who has been working for several months in the internal medicine clinic. We have also encountered many friendly old faces whom we have worked with before including Dr. Prince, several members of the nursing staff, and our partners at Project Medishare including our translators and Dr. Rony, the medical director for Project Medishare. We look forward to again working with and engaging the various hospital team members and expanding upon our partnerships.

 

Hospital St. Therese

Hospital St. Therese

Dr. Desirald and Dr. Prince

Dr. Desirald and Dr. Prince

 

Men's surgical ward

Men’s surgical ward

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renovated OR

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Emory Medishare