Future Haiti Children's Hospital: First for Kids, Second to None!
Arise and Walk Ministries Foundation has been asked to assume responsibility for the staffing, service provision, and management of the only pediatric hospital in Haiti. The hospital is a 36,000 sq. ft., two-story cement building, built according to U.S. building codes, located on the property of Grace Village, the main campus of Grace International Ministries, in Carrefour, Haiti. The hospital, which was forced to open before completion of the interior because of the January 12, 2010 earthquake, did not sustain a crack to its structure, even though Carrefour was the epicenter of the quake. Doctors Without Boarders (DWB) leased the first floor of the hospital for 12 months to provide in-patient pediatric care, but left the hospital on February 28, 2011, leaving Carrefour and all of Haiti without a true children's hospital.
Grace Village was the location for the six months of medical mission care AWMF provided to the Haitian people after the earthquake. During this period, Dr. Wade and AWMF formed a tremendous relationship with Bishop Joel Jeune, the founder of Grace International, the largest Christian ministry in Haiti. Upon DWB's notice to Bishop Jeune in February, 2010 that they where leaving Carrefour and ending their clinical services at the Grace Pediatric Hospital, Bishop Jeune immediately contacted Dr. Wade about taking over the management and provision of pediatric services at the hospital. We prayed about it and are convinced that this is of God and the service that He would have AWMF provide for the Haitian children.
AWMF purposes to make this facility "The Health Care Jewel" for Haiti's children. The hospital will have primary and specialty care pediatric clinics, a first class emergency room, dental suite, a radiology unit with X-Ray, CT, MRI and fluoroscopy suites, laboratories, a blood bank, pharmacy and chapel, all on the first floor. The second floor will host two surgical suites, recovery rooms, two special surgical procedure rooms, pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), and in-patient pediatric rooms. A separate mirror-image hospital structure is being planned that will be built next to this existing structure, that will be the Women and Children's Pavilion. This building will contain a delivery room, pre and post natal rooms, a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a newborn nursery, adolescent inpatient beds, physical therapy, and the healing rooms.
As you can see, God has given AWMF a great charge, and we believe that our obedience to fulfill it will dramatically increase the health and quality of life for Haitian children, significantly reduce infant morbidity and mortality, and unequivocally demonstrate that God is still in the healing business.