It’s an understatement to say that a lot has happened since the earthquake on January 12, 2010. I know that many of you have been reading the updates but I’d like to share some comparisons with you to illustrate the magnitude of the changes at Hopital Sacre Coeur.
Within 2 weeks of the earthquake our hospital grew from 65 beds to 420 beds thanks to the town of Milot allowing us to take over 2 schools and then using Military tent hospitals purchased for us by the American Association of Malta and Caritas Christi healthcare system in Boston. We received over 500 earthquake patients from Port au Prince. In the 3 months since the earthquake we have had over 1000 volunteers compared to our usual 170 per year. We transformed our OR area so we in the beginning had 5 OR’s doing over 50 surgical procedures a day. We are now down to 3 ORs and have performed over 700 major operations since January compared to 1316 for all of 2009. The three U.S.associations of the Order of Malta, Malteser International, Americares and other organizations that you will learn about in the following pages have provided enormous assistance in our work.
Download the full issue here: Spring, 2010 – Hôpital Sacré Coeur News