2016 has been a very eventful year for Hôpital Sacré Coeur. Due to a national strike, which included all government hospitals, we, as a private institution, were asked to shoulder a larger portion than usual of the healthcare burden in Northwest Haiti. This has resulted in record numbers of patients seen, services rendered, surgeries performed, laboratory tests done, etc.
As a result of this enormous workload, there has been another unforeseen result at the hospital.
The entire staff, under the leadership of Dr. Prévil and his team, has joined hands and is working competently, coherently and efficiently to provide care in a way unparalleled in the history of the hospital. The spirit and camaraderie which now pervades the campus is truly awe-inspiring. Everyone from the General Services team to the physicians and nurses realizes that they have done everything asked of them. There is a feeling of pride and accomplishment which comes only from working under such dire circumstances. I think it is truly a turning point in the story of Hôpital Sacré Coeur.
What is most gratifying about these performances is that it justifies the faith that our donors have had in us. Every penny donated to CRUDEM goes for patient care. Holy Name Medical Center covers all of our front office expenses, making it possible for your donations to directly benefit the poor and suffering for whom they are intended. There are not many charitable organizations that can honestly make that statement. Choosing where to direct your generosity is a great responsibility and we sincerely appreciate your trust in Hôpital Sacré Coeur. Witnessing
the change to the function of the hospital now makes it clear that this trust has not been betrayed.
As we move into 2017, the next challenge will be getting the new Operating Rooms to function as smoothly and efficiently as we expect. If the attitude of the young men and women being trained to fill the positions in the new facility is any indication, we can expect them to be enthusiastic, committed and extremely competent in their new roles. This is a dramatic improvement over what we have witnessed in the past.
It is very satisfying to see how the role of the hospital in the life of the community has come to be embraced by the people. They now realize how important it is to them and the many roles that it fills. Because we have shown our commitment to them over the past 30 years, they are repaying us with loyalty and devotion to improving the lives of everyone in Milot.
As we approach the Christmas season, we thank you for your prayers and support. I just felt that it was necessary to re-assure you that what you do for Hôpital Sacré Coeur has not been in vain. It is appreciated and acknowledged every day.
If the people of Milot could express themselves personally to you, they would say — “Thank you and God bless you.”
David G. Butler, M.D.
David G. Butler, M.D. is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and has worked in private practice in Englewood, NJ for almost 40 years. He is an attending at both Englewood Hospital and Holy Name Medical Center, both in New Jersey. Dr. Butler received his M.D. from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY and completed his residency as Chief Resident OB/GYN at St. Vincent’s Hospital & Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Butler also serves on the Board of Trustees of Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, NJ. and is the former Chairman of that Board. He and his wife, Mary Ann Butler, M.D., live in New Jersey and are the proud parents of five children. by