Hospital in Haiti Survives Earthquake
But Now Urgently Needs Help for Handling Massive Number of Injured
Milot, Haiti – January 20, 2010 — Hôpital Sacré Coeur (HSC) is located in original capital of Milot which is situated in the northern part of Haiti. The hospital was lucky in escaping with only minor damage to buildings and that staff and volunteers have been unharmed. However it is not without loss, as some staff members have already received word of the death of relatives in the current capital of Port au Prince.
Given the enormous damage to health care infrastructure and hospitals throughout the country, Hôpital Sacré Coeur is preparing to receive as many of the injured as they can possibly handle. The hospital will be a major triage site for earthquake victims who will be transported to the hospital from the devastated regions in the south. Hospital staff received the first wave of the injured Thursday night. In the days ahead Maltesers, Red Cross and the U.S. Navy will also begin to transport patients and the pace of activity is expected to escalate.
Hôpital Sacré Coeur is doing everything in its power to respond to this unprecedented emergency, but it is running over full capacity and urgently needs help. People willing to help can make a gift via credit card on their website.
About Hôpital Sacré Coeur and The CRUDEM Foundation
Hôpital Sacré Coeur (HSC) is the largest private hospital in the north of Haiti. Located in the town of Milot, the 73 bed hospital has provided uninterrupted service for 23 years. This premier Haitian healthcare facility has been a beacon of hope for the people of Haiti as it creates a healthier Haiti, one dignified life at a time.
CRUDEM, an acronym for (Center for the Rural Development of Milot) was founded in 1968 by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart of the Montreal Province. In 1993, the CRUDEM Foundation assumed operating control of the hospital and became a 501(c) (3) corporation. In 1999, CRUDEM and Hôpital Sacré Coeur were included as “100 Projects of the Holy Father for the Year of Charity, 1999” by Pope John Paul II. In 2004, the foundation moved their headquarters to Ludlow, Massachusetts.
The media is invited to visit the website www.crudem.org for additional information and to review a video that traces development of this important institution. Or contact spokesperson, Dr. Joni Paterson.
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250 #Haiti staff working non-stop despite suffering their own personal losses. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Contact: Joni Paterson Hôpital Sacré Coeur (HSC)
Phone: 413-642-0450 The CRUDEM Foundation
Cell Phone: 362 Sewall Street
Email: [email protected] PO Box 804
Website: www.crudem.org Ludlow, MA 01050