A Much-Needed Expansion of HAS ER and Inpatient Facilities
In 2012, HAS won a highly competitive $700,000 grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a foreign assistance agency established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961. The grant is from the agency’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad program, and is helping to support the renovation and expansion of the hospital’s inpatient and emergency room facilities.
The renovated facilities at Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti will be among the most advanced available in the country, designed to reduce infectious disease transmission associated with overcrowding, help ensure patient privacy, and provide the space and facilities needed for healthcare professionals to do their jobs.
Included in the project: upgraded plumbing, new transformers to reduce power consumption, and better ventilation and lighting systems.
HAS physical plant staff are leading the project, with the help of some 500 temporary personnel throughout the project. In addition, HAS team members responsible for purchasing and logistics, financial management, and clinical care are making important contributions to the project, all with the health and safety of patients as a top priority.
The project is progressing as planned, and is expected to be fully functional by early 2016.