Years after quake, Bergen hospital offers a lifeline to Haiti

When an earthquake devastated Haiti nearly three years ago, Holy Name Medical Center sent a team of nurses and physicians armed with medical supplies to aid in the grueling work of the international relief effort.

Surgeons could handle the 16-hour days in makeshift operating rooms but couldn’t tolerate watching patients die needlessly as oxygen tanks ran dry. So the Teaneck hospital raised $70,000 for an oxygen processor — the CEO even went to Haiti and put on his work boots, grabbed a shovel and dug a ditch to make way for the oxygen to be piped into the hospital.

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