La Gonave Wesleyan Hospital
The Wesleyan Hospital in Anse-a-Galets on the island of La Gonave, Haiti is the only hospital on the island. It operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week serving the island's 120,000 residents.
Following the earthquake in January 2010, the need for a new hospital increased dramatically when one wing of the hospital was deemed unsafe. Construction began on the new Wesleyan Hospital in January 2012.
The facility will replace the current hospital that was opened in 1958 and which has faithfully served the people of La Gonave as the sole hospital for the island. A Haitian workforce has been employed for this project, giving the local people and economy a sense of ownership. The new hospital will provide facilities for better surgical care and will be better equipped for training Haitian professionals and hosting medical specialties.
The opening ceremony was September 28, 2013 and operations have completely transitioned to the new facility.
The hospital currently generates 60% of its funding through modest patient fees and grants. To raise the remaining funds, we are launching the “365 Challenge.” You can read more about how to get involved here or by watching the video below.
With the new facilities, the hospital will have two operating rooms. It adds value in both training and through added services to have a surgical team visit each month. It is important for teams to understand the balance of not overwhelming the staff with post-operative care, continuing training, and also providing much needed surgeries to the residents of La Gonave. Surgeries can be scheduled based on the specialities of the doctor and it is most useful to have an anesthetist or anesthesiologist on the team. If you would like to schedule a surgical team, contact us or read more here.
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Fund #: WM06-0831