A Bonding of Passions: CRUDEM/Hôpital Sacré Coeur and Holy Name Medical Center

With hearts of compassion, a twenty year history of sending volunteer medical teams to Hôpital Sacré Coeur, and unparalleled resources in hospital administration, Holy Name Medical Center of Teaneck, New Jersey, offered to cover the immediate financial gaps and provide hands on program and resources assistance in Milot. With the unanimous support of the CRUDEM Board of Directors and the enthusiastic support of CRUDEM and HSC staff, the CRUDEM Foundation became a subsidiary of the Holy Name Medical Center Foundation after a vote taken at the CRUDEM Foundation’s Board of Directors meeting in October, 2012. This historic alignment, most importantly, assures the people of northern Haiti that Hôpital Sacré Coeur would exist and thrive for generations to come.

Mike Maron, President and CEO of Holy Name Medical Center and President of CRUDEM’s Board of Directors, has traveled to Milot a dozen times in the past 16 months, bringing with him almost two dozen of his key hospital managers. Their enthusiasm for CRUDEM/ Hôpital Sacré Coeur grew with each contact as they embraced the challenge to craft a hospital model in Milot that can be replicated throughout the country.

Holy Name is working with US professional s and their Haitian counterparts to design, implement and fund a viable, sustainable and quality-driven healthcare system centered at Hôpital Sacré Coeur and to create a better tomorrow for the people of the northern region. Already, the results are impressive. Medical supplies arrive on a consistent basis, program and financial infrastructure has strengthened, the arrival of volunteer medical teams more closely align with hospital clinic and surgical needs, patient care improves weekly, and the hospital staff’s and the community’s moral and sense of hope soars.

Work has already begun with CannonDesign of Chicago for the construction of a new physical plant to be completed within 3 years. The core of the physical and programmatic vision includes: improved clinical quality and patient outcomes; expanded continuing education and community outreach, and the assurance that the hospital is flexible, efficient and scalable. At its heart, the plan takes seriously the importance of providing quality healthcare to our patients in an uncompromising atmosphere of dignity and respect.

Holy Name Medical Center explains their involvement in this investment in Milot, “This is our passion. This is our promise. This is our pledge.”

CRUDEM/ Hôpital Sacré Coeur now enjoy a more hopeful future, but it is a future that still depends on your continuing support. Holy Name has brought our community a cornucopia of possibilities and immediate, tangible realities, but not a blank check. Your continuing support counts. Your role in securing Hôpital Sacré Coeur’s future remains as critical and valuable as ever.

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