Operating Haiti’s Only Trauma and Critical Care Hospital
Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare is the only trauma, critical care and rehabilitation hospital in the entire country. The hospital is responsible for providing lifesaving care to Haiti’s sickest adults, children and premature infants. The hospital treats 200 to 300 patients daily in the outpatient clinic, 50 inpatients daily, and still faces overwhelming demand to provide more medical help, which is given to everyone regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.
Despite how vital Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare is to the community, it is facing an immediate crisis: The major funding source for hospital operations – an 18-month grant from the American Red Cross –runs out in December. Donations are needed in order to continue Project Medishare’s lifesaving services.
The 50-bed facility in Port-au-Prince includes a wide-range of services:
- Haiti’s ONLY neonatal and pediatric intensive care units (NICU & PICU);
- A comprehensive spinal cord injury unit;
- A fully functioning adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU);
- A one-of-a-kind rehabilitation and prosthetics/orthotics program to provide limbs to amputees;
- The only 16-slice CT scanner in Haiti;
- A 5-bed pediatric respiratory/isolation unit;
- Two operating rooms;
- Emergency Room;
- Urgent Care/Triage Unit;
- State-of-the-art medical laboratory;
- Ophthalmology lane;
- State-of-the-art Wound Care program;
- Outpatient services including pediatrics, family medicine, OBGYN, dermatology, wound care and physical therapy; and
- A medical education and training center now under construction.
How You Can Help
Help the Hospital Save Lives
You can help us sustain this one-of-a-kind hospital. Donations of any amount are welcome, and every penny makes a tremendous impact on the lives of ill and injured patients in Haiti
Medical professionals can also volunteer for a week or more at our Port-au-Prince facility, providing lifesaving treatment for patients, training Haitian medical staff, and experiencing once-in-a-lifetime professional growth for themselves.
When the 2010 earthquake struck Haiti, Project Medishare was the first team of foreign medical responders on the ground within 12 hours. A massive 300-bed field hospital, based out of four tents at the Port-au-Prince airport, was quickly established. In five months, more than 30,000 critically ill and injured earthquake victims were treated. To continue the lifesaving work on a more permanent basis, the hospital was moved in June 2010 to an existing, non-profit community hospital in Port-au-Prince, now known as Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare.
Project Medishare believes that it is unacceptable for Haiti to have only one critical care hospital for a population of 10 million people. To that end, the main goal beyond daily treatment of patients is to “train the trainers.” This means that Project Medishare will continue to train the next generation of Haitian healthcare providers, who will then go on to train more of their colleagues to build capacity at other hospitals around the country, and, ultimately end the need for foreign medical assistance.
Progress Toward Self-Sufficiency
Today, Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare is directed by twin Haitian surgeons, Drs. Jerry and Marlon Bitar (ATLS certified). The Bitars have been friends and partners of Project Medishare for many years.
The hospital employs over 150 Haitian staff who run the hospital, including 25 Haitian nurses, 22 Haitian physicians and 70 allied health care professionals and support staff. In fact, the hospital has made important strides to be predominantly run by Haitian doctors and nurses, a goal that seemed almost impossible in 2010, when critical care medicine was introduced for the first time ever in Haiti by Project Medishare at the field hospital.
To properly train the Haitian medical workforce and build capacity and curriculum-based programs with measurable results, didactic classroom training is also necessary. To this end, Project Medishare has broken ground on an 11,000-sqaure-foot Training and Education Center. This center will add 30 more critical care beds (to handle the hospital’s constantly overwhelming patient capacity), along with classrooms and auditoriums, which are desperately needed for formal training of Haitian physicians, nurses, and allied healthcare providers.
This will build capacity not only to treat patients at the hospital in Port-au-Prince, but also at other hospitals all over Haiti.
- American Red Cross
- Drs. Jerry and Marlon Bitar
- Johnson Family Foundation
- Knights of Columbus
- Yele Haiti Foundation
- University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
- Jackson Memorial Hospital & Ryder Trauma Center
- Miami Heat Organization
- Arison Family Foundation
- Carnival PLC & Carnival Foundation
- Alonzo and Tracy Mourning
- Alonzo Mourning Charities’ Athletes Relief Fund
- Food for the Poor