The Church of God has a history in Haiti spanning more than 50 years, with the primary focus placed upon church planting and support. Within many of the Church of God facilities, schools have been established and a few children’s care facilities are currently operating. Church of God sponsored healthcare, however, has been limited to short-term visiting medical teams, who travel from church to church. In an effort to broaden the medical care opportunities in the outreaches of Haiti, a building was begun with the idea of Haitian medical professionals staffing the facility to provide healthcare on a routine basis with the Church of God coming alongside the indigenous personnel to provide support.
In July 2005, the “Hospital of the Church of God in Haiti” opened its doors. With continuous operation since that time, the clinic has now seen over 100,000 different patients, providing medical, dental, radiographic, laboratory, optometry, pharmacy, prosthetics, and occasionally surgical care. The current direction of the 5-day-per-week clinic is to establish around the clock medical services for emergencies, as well as inpatient capabilities. In order to make these expanded services a possibility, the governing body of the clinic, along with the Haitian health department is mandating that the dental clinic and the optometry clinic be moved to the second floor of the facility, allowing more space all general medical, inpatient and surgical services to be performed on the first floor of the facility.
With this done, there are other needs that need to be met in order to be fully functioning. One need is for an ambulance for medical transport.
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