New Catholic hospital in Haiti promises stability in region wracked by disasters and disease
John Burger - published on 03/21/17 - updated on 03/21/17
Unfinished facility sheltered people during last October's hurricane
Even before the formal opening of a new hospital in southeast Haiti, it was already treating patients.
During Hurricane Matthew last October, and before the end of construction, the hospital’s main building sheltered 40 residents whose homes had been destroyed. The first patient was seen shortly thereafter.
The New York-based Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) dedicated the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Center for Health Monday, bringing a state-of-the-art health center to the town of Côtes-de-Fer. The hospital, named for a retired auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn, New York, is expected to serve more than 50,000 community members. CMMB officials say it will also reflect Pope Francis’s vision of the Church as a “field hospital” and the need for solidarity with the world’s poor.
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