Hôpital Sacré Coeur is the largest private (i.e., non-government) hospital and public health provider for the 250,000 people living in the Milot region of Northern Haiti. Hôpital Sacré Coeur was established by the Montreal Province of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart in 1968 on land owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Cap Haitien. At the invitation of the Archbishop of Cap Haitien, The CRUDEM Foundation, Inc. (“CRUDEM”) assumed supervision of and financial responsibility for Hôpital Sacré Coeur in 1986. CRUDEM stands for the Center for the Rural Development of Milot, which was the name given by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart to their mission in Milot. For over 30 years, a unique collaborative relationship has grown and strengthened between CRUDEM and Hôpital Sacré Coeur. In 2012, the Holy Name Medical Center Foundation of Teaneck, NJ (“Holy Name”) became the sole corporate member of CRUDEM. In addition to substantial financial support, Holy Name provides the full range of technical, operational, training and administrative assistance to Hôpital Sacré Coeur. Management of Hôpital Sacré Coeur is the responsibility of its Haitian leadership team, who are assisted by several US technical advisors provided by CRUDEM. Hôpital Sacré Coeur’s Haitian staff members are supported by a network of U.S. medical professionals, volunteers and resources.
Hôpital Sacré Coeur has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years and is now a government designated reference hospital for the Northern Department of Haiti. The hospital expanded from 10 beds in 1986 to 72 beds pre-earthquake. In the aftermath of the January 12, 2010 earthquake, the hospital surged to 420 beds. Currently, the number of in-patient beds at Hôpital Sacré Coeur is 200 (but during cholera outbreaks, the hospital’s average daily census can go higher). In addition to in-patient services (including an Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), HSC has a 24/7 emergency room, outpatient clinics, maternity services, pediatric service, dental services, a prosthetic clinic, pharmacy, a clinical laboratory and a pathology service (the only pathology service in northern Haiti). The hospital also provides the full-range of HIV/AIDS services, including a prevention of mother-to-child transmission program. Outreach is done through the Community Health Service, with public health nurses and community health workers serving a number of sites in the region and reaching 150,000 people with vaccinations, pre-natal care, basic hygiene and nutrition training, and HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and lymphatic filariasis treatment.
Following the earthquake, more than 1,000 victims were cared for at Hôpital Sacré Coeur. Over 800 surgical procedures were performed on earthquake victims—many on the most critically injured. The hospital was able to achieve this because of its infrastructure, highly trained staff and long-standing network of volunteers. Just as the earthquake response tapered off, cholera emerged in Haiti. In the last two months of 2010 alone, more than 1,800 cholera patients were treated at Hôpital Sacré Coeur. Eight years after it emerged, cholera continues to menace Haiti and Hôpital Sacré Coeur’s cholera ward remains a very busy place.
In 2010, 1,600 volunteers helped Hôpital Sacré Coeur care for earthquake and cholera victims. Last year, over 350 volunteers traveled to Milot to see patients and teach. Indeed, CRUDEM mission at Hôpital Sacré Coeur is equal parts patient care and education. Volunteers teach by example on the wards and the operating rooms, but also by giving lectures and mentoring staff. In 2015, Hôpital Sacré Coeur, with the support of the Holy Name Medical Center Foundation, launched a comprehensive continuing education program for the hospital’s more than 100 nurses. Hôpital Sacré Coeur is also a training center for the USAID supported Maternal and Child Survival Program.
The generous financial support of donors allows us to continue to provide quality healthcare that improves and saves lives. We witness the significant impact of our donors’ compassion daily. As our need and services have expanded, so have our need for resources. We are doing all we can for as many as we can, making a big difference in the lives of so many Haitian families. We are very grateful for all who are a part of this successful effort.
|Hôpital Sacré Coeur 2017 Statistics|
|Emergency Room Visits||7,554|
|Patients tested/counseled for HIV||21,852|
|# 0f those who were pregnant||5,870|
|Antiretroviral Clinic Visits||8,515|
Republic of Haiti
Port-au-Prince to Milot: 119 km
Cap-Haitien to Milot: 17 km
Caracol to Milot: 34 km