Haiti Hospital Partially Operational Despite Massive Damage

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From Lane Hartill reporting from Port au Prince, Haiti:

The recent earthquake that devastated Haiti also destroyed much of St. Francois de Salle Hospital. About 70% of the hospital has been destroyed.

Haiti patient

A young girl with an injured arm smiles after being treated at the St. Francois de Sales in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. CRS partners with St. Francois de Sales through the AidsRelief program to give medical care in the aftermath of the earthquake that wracked the Haitian capital a week ago. The hospital in Port-au-Prince, was heavily damaged during the earthquake. CRS helped buy fuel for the hospital, recruited volunteers, procured an ambulance, and brought in truck loads of medicine. Photo by Lane Hartill/CRS

The Catholic hospital has had a long history of providing care and support to the community serving over one million people in PAP and 2.5 million in the surrounding communities. The hospital serves as a reference hospital for all
the regions in the country. It also serves as University Hospital for the students who do training and practice in the Medicine School, the Nursing School and the Laboratory School of the Catholic University of Notre Dame, Haiti.

Its mission is to provide free care and treatment for the poor. They also provide care for the nuns and priests for whom they built a pavilion.

For the people of PAP and the surrounding areas it is of the utmost importance that we rebuild St. Francois du Salle Hospital.

Lane Hartill is CRS’ regional information officer for western and central Africa.

Haiti care

St. Francois de Sales, one of the oldest hospitals in Haiti, was severely damaged during the earthquake. CRS and Caritas are working to get the hospital up and running. The operation room, undamaged during the quake, is now operational. Photo by Lane Hartill/CRS

Haiti damage

St. Francois de Sales was severely damaged during the earthquake. CRS facilitated the construction of a building at the hospital through Sister Mary Jo McGinley with Global Health Ministry-Catholic Health East. Photo by Lane Hartill/CRS

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4 Responses to “Haiti Hospital Partially Operational Despite Massive Damage”

  1. Latest Updates on the Crisis in Haiti - The Lede Blog - NYTimes.com Says:

    […] | 7:04 p.m. According to an update on the Web site of Catholic Relief Services, “The recent earthquake that devastated Haiti also destroyed much of St. Francois de Salle […]

  2. Mark Druffner MD Says:

    I am a Catholic family physician trained in Obstetrics, Cesarean Section and emergency medicine. i can help in haiti if you need me.

  3. Barbara Says:

    What happen to all the patients that were at the hospital my mom had surgery there on monday and I have not been ale to find her. Can someone help me please her name is Ghislaine Thomas and she lives at 41 Rue Montalais Port-au-Prince.

  4. Marcus Reed Says:


    For those suffering due to the earthquake:

    All powerful Father, God of mercy, look kindly on those who suffer due to the Haitian earthquake. Please ease their burden and trust in your fatherly care. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen

    Father of mercy, You always answer your people in their suffering. We thank You for your kindness and ask You to please free us from evil, that we may serve You in happiness all our days. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

    For those who died in the earthquake and aftermath:

    Lord, as we mourn the sudden death of those who died in the Haitian earthquake, please comfort us with the great power of your love, and strengthen us in our faith that they are with you for ever. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Eternal Rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen

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