Health-care institution is increasing its footprint in the community and beyond.
Seventh-day Adventist leaders and church members in Haiti met on the lawn of its most prestigious institution, Hôpital Adventiste d’Haiti (Haiti Adventist Hospital, HAH), to celebrate life and God’s goodness on the 10th anniversary of the devastating earthquake that killed thousands of people in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on January 12, 2010.
Officials from Loma Linda University Health and Adventist Health International, along with surgeons, medical staff, and community members, gathered for the special ceremony on January 12, 2020, to reminisce on the impact of the hospital in its aid to the many injured throughout the days, weeks, months, and years that followed the quake. Leaders also shared expansion plans that will help the hospital to continue providing top-notch health care services to the community and the nation.
“In these ten years, Haiti has experienced one thing after another, and those who have suffered a lot have grown through the challenges,” said Pierre Caporal, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Haiti and chair of the executive committee that oversees the hospital. “As a church, we can praise God for His grace and specifically through the quality service the hospital has provided for the people in Haiti, thanks to the commitment of many who have partnered to strengthen the health institution throughout the years.”
Loma Linda University Involvement
Loma Linda University president Richard Hart, who saw the establishment of the hospital almost 40 years ago and has been instrumental in supporting the institution, said that despite its financial ups and downs, there was never a time to give up on the institution.
“Haiti has always had a special place in my heart,” Hart said. “It has a special place for Loma Linda University and has a very special place for Adventist Health International. While it is sad to remember [about the earthquake 10 years ago], we also want to look to the future, so plans are put in place to continue strengthening the hospital, to send staff here, improve the equipment, and remodel the hospital.”