Haiti Earthquake Relief Extends Across CHE “… the earth groaned loud from deep inside … that was worse than the shaking.” – An earthquake survivor On the afternoon of January 12, 2010, for just under 35 seconds, their world shook. When it stopped less than a minute later, hundreds of thousands were dead or dying and many more were missing and/or buried under collapsed buildings. The devastating earthquake that hit the Haitian capital city of Port-au-Prince at 4:53 p.m. on that Tuesday afternoon was a massive magnitude 7.0—the worst to hit Haiti in more than two centuries, and one of the deadliest natural disasters in world history.
1/12/2010, 8:12 p.m. EST, Sr. Mary Jo responds to an e-mail from Nadia Morquette, R.N. (GHM volunteer): “It sounds as if there is little infrastructure left that will be able to handle a large mobilization of relief … Once we can get into Haiti, we may want to meet with HSFS staff to assess their needs …”
nearly 70 percent of the hospital lay in ruins; the maternity building, which survived the earthquake, was being used for emergency care; and word soon spread that Archbishop Miôt was among the earthquake’s casualties.
1/12/2010, 10:41 p.m. EST, e-mail from Sr. Mary Jo to Fr. Mede (CEO, Hospital St. Francis de Sales): “Pere Mede, Please give us news of you, our friends at HSFS and damage at the hospital.”
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” – Proverbs 31:8-9
Global Health Ministry’s LongTime Commitment to Haiti “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13 Since 1989, Global Health Ministry (GHM), a supportive health corporation of CHE, has sent teams of medical professionals to provide health care services, education and programs to the poor and underserved communities in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Immediately following the earthquake, as media outlets began to report on the catastrophic aftermath and devastation throughout the region, communities, organizations and individuals back home in the United States and around the world were already looking for ways to help. Military and civilian rescue teams were mobilized and awaiting deployment; aid organizations began to organize monetary relief funds; and at Catholic Health East, Sr. Mary Jo McGinley, R.S.M., executive director, Global Health Ministry, began to reach out to our friends in Haiti for situation updates and a needs analysis.
Social Media Plays a Key Role in Aid
By the next day, the extent of the devastation became clearer across the world. Haiti needed help; they needed it now; and they needed a lot of it. Homes, businesses, schools, orphanages and hospitals were destroyed. Unsubstantiated reports of casualties and missing were reported as anywhere from 50,000 to 500,000. Whatever the numbers, the needs were great—this was a poor country even before catastrophe struck. How would they rebuild? How could they get back on their feet?
GHM’s connection with Haiti began in 1998, when the first of many medical teams arrived to provide care in what has been noted as “the poorest country in the western hemisphere”—approximately 80 percent of Haiti’s population lives below the poverty line. Since that first mission, nearly 100 GHM volunteers have treated more than 5,000 patients in Haiti. Hospital St. Francis de Sales (HSFS), located in the Haitian capital of Port-auPrince, has been serving the country’s poor since 1881. A few years ago, HSFS embarked on an ambitious revitalization journey, initiated by hospital board chairman, Archbishop Joseph Miôt, to develop a network that connected HSFS with 57 rural clinics and three hospitals to serve the poor in Haiti’s countryside. This project included building both a new ambulatory care and maternity building. In 2009, Catholic Health East provided a $100,000 grant to GHM to help build the new maternity building at HSFS. It would include two delivery rooms, 12 patient rooms, a reception area and family waiting room. The building was slated to open in February 2010. But by the morning of January 13, 2010,
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It would take faith. It would take strength. It would take support. And it would take … text messages? Within minutes after the earthquake struck, social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter were inundated with posts and tweets about the destruction in Haiti. And by 9 p.m., the American Red Cross had set up a texting campaign urging people to make a donation of $10 via their cell phones using a simple text code. Coupled
Haiti Earthquake Relief Extends Across CHE with the promotion all over social media outlets, this method raised $5 million in just the first day, and within one week, a record $22 million was raised for Haiti relief through cell phone text messages alone. CHE embraced social media as well. CHE Regional Health Corporations (RHCs) with Facebook pages and Twitter accounts kept their ‘fans’ up-to-date and posted new information being filtered through GHM on a daily basis. Because of the great demand for timely information-sharing, GHM set up its own Facebook page (www.facebook.com/globalhealthministry) to post regular updates on fundraising efforts, upcoming medical missions and the situation on the ground in Haiti. This outpouring of global support via social media outlets continued through the days and weeks after the earthquake. Relief organizations posted photos and updates on their websites, as well as on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. This information was reposted and retweeted over and over in unprecedented numbers. In addition, social media game developers joined the fold. Zynga, the developer of Facebook favorites such as Farmville and Mafia Wars, raised over $1.5 million by selling ‘limited edition’ virtual items to its game users—and 100 percent of the proceeds were donated to the World Food Program in what became the first use of social games for philanthropic causes.
utility directly from the act of alleviating the suffering of another, the mesolimbic reward system also known as the brain’s ‘pleasure center’ is activated, releasing dopamine into the brain. This produces feelings of enjoyment. The study also found that donating to societal causes and earning money share anatomical systems of reward reinforcement. These findings emphasize that there is a definite neurological and biological response to charitable giving.
Catholic Health East Responds “I assure you, as often as you did it for one of my least ones, you did it for me.” – Matthew 25:40 Empathy, guilt, shared experiences and social media alone were not going to be enough unless relief efforts were organized and people took action. It would take the collective efforts of organizations and individuals worldwide to make a difference. Colleagues throughout CHE recognized this need and responded in great fashion. Some of these efforts from across the system are highlighted throughout the next few pages.
And still for others, it is simply the ‘warm glow’ effect they feel when they give to others. A 2006 study cited in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that when humans derive
The community outreach department at Holy Cross Hospital (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) collected thousands of dollars worth of supplies for Haiti in the days immediately following the quake; and volunteers traveled to Haiti to help assess and triage patients. Relief efforts were also posted on Holy Cross’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Lourdes Health System (Camden, N.J.) allowed colleagues to make donations via payroll deduction and by swiping their ID badges in the cafeteria or gift shop. The Lourdes Wellness Center sponsored a “Yoga for Haiti” class; in lieu of the usual tuition for the class, participants were asked to make their checks out to Global Health Ministry. Carrie Paston, M.D., a Lourdes ER physician, traveled with the second mission team to Haiti.
Eileen Boyle, executive director, Allegany Franciscan Ministries (Palm Harbor, Fla.), met with Raymond Joseph, Haiti’s ambassador to the U.S., to discuss AFM’s commitment to help rebuild Haiti. The AFM Foundation also made a donation of $10,000 to GHM to help with relief efforts. Maxis Health System (Carbondale, Pa.), named for Sr. Theresa Maxis, the foundress of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, started a Haiti Fund to directly benefit the Little Sisters of St. Theresa in Haiti. Sr. Theresa’s mother Betsey was a Haitian refugee.
“For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi There are several schools of thought on why response to a disaster or tragedy that occurs thousands of miles away affects so many, so greatly. After a natural disaster like an earthquake, some individuals are left thinking, “It could have been me,” triggering an empathic connection to the victims. For some, a ‘shared experience’ motivates them—a person who has been through a similar disaster may be able to relate to the helplessness felt after such a tragic event. Individuals also may feel a sense of guilt because images constantly shown in the media are reminders of how much they have and how little others have.
Health Seton Institute (the international outreach arm of the Daughters of Charity).
BayCare Health System (Clearwater, Fla.) donated $100,000 to GHM to help rebuild Hospital St. Francis de Sales. Colleagues held a collection for non-perishable food items, supplies and clothing. In addition, the health system collaborated with the Florida Hospital Association and the State of Florida disaster preparation team to determine what assistance they could provide. Catholic Health (Buffalo, N.Y.) donated $5,000 to each of three international relief organizations: Global Health Ministry, Catholic Relief Services and Ascension
The departments of therapeutic recreation and admissions at Mercy Community Health’s Saint Mary Home (West Hartford, Conn.) teamed up with Sodexo Senior Services to organize a benefit lunch, raising over $700 for Haiti relief. Mercy Health System of Maine donated medical supplies and equipment to the International Medical Equipment Collaborative for shipment to Haiti, and also donated $1,000 to Konbit Sante’s Earthquake Response Fund. Konbit Sante is a Maine-based non-profit organization that has a partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Health to improve health care in northern Haiti.
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Haiti Earthquake Relief Extends Across CHE Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania colleagues collected vitamins, medications and other supplies. Colleagues also collected over $6,500 which was delivered directly to the people of Haiti through GHM. Lisa Medvetz, M.D., Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital (Darby, Pa.) surgeon, was part of GHM’s first mission to Haiti in January. In addition, the radiology department at Nazareth Hospital (Philadelphia, Pa.) reached out to vendors for a donation of X-ray film. Their partner, CareStream Health, sent 25 cases to help ensure injured Haitians have access to diagnostic imaging.
Mercy Hospital (Miami, Fla.) created a Haiti disaster relief account at the Mercy Credit Union allowing associates to make donations by check, cash or account transfer. They also collected items such as clothing, non-perishable food, medical supplies, water, blankets, first-aid kits, diapers and formula. Matthew Dial, a resident of Carroll Place, part of Mercy Medical (Daphne, Ala.), started a campaign to raise money to help Haiti. He networked his fundraising efforts through his personal contacts, the staff and residents, raising $1,500 for Haiti.
Internet access to communicate with loved ones in Haiti. Saint Michael’s Medical Center (Newark, N.J.) began collecting funds shortly after the earthquake on behalf of GHM. In February, they held a Hearts for Haiti fundraising event, selling red, white and pink carnations to colleagues, patients and visitors to benefit GHM and colleagues directly affected by the earthquake. Jill Griffin, M.D., a staff physician in the emergency department at Mercy Medical Center, part of Sisters of Providence Health System (Springfield, Mass.), contacted Agape Flights, a non-profit Christian ministry that provides critical services to Caribbean missionaries. Agape received donations of medical supplies; but didn’t have medical personnel to prioritize them for transport. Dr. Griffin helped sort the supplies until a flight into Haiti became available. In addition, colleagues raised over $4,500 with its “Hearts Across the Ocean” fundraising campaign. The pastoral care department at St. Francis Hospital (Wilmington, Del.) collected financial contributions to support the rebuilding of Hospital St. Francis de Sales. Regular Haiti updates were also posted on the hospital Facebook page. St. Francis Medical Center (Trenton, N.J.) student nurse practitioner, Anne Bouchard, R.N., collected used orthopedic equipment to send to quake victims. Her husband is a physician involved in the New Jersey chapter of the Association of Haitian Doctors Abroad. She collected canes, walkers, crutches and wheelchairs.
McAuley Ministries, the grant-making arm of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, donated $5,000 to Catholic Relief Services for emergency relief and an additional $5,000 to GHM for Hospital St. Francis de Sales. Also, Dr. Mary Carrasco, director of A Child’s Place at Mercy, and Smana Pamphile Clerfé, a crisis clinician at Mercy Behavioral Health, were part of a Pittsburgh delegation that rescued 53 children from an orphanage in Port-auPrince. Saint Joseph’s Health System (Atlanta, Ga.) set up a Haiti Communications Center to serve as a 24/7 resource center for colleagues impacted by the earthquake. The room featured a television broadcasting CNN, an Internet phone to contact loved ones and a computer with Catholic Health East Community Benefit Annual Report 2009
St. James Mercy Health System (Hornell, N.Y.) organized a bake sale to raise funds for Haiti relief efforts. The baked goods, as well as 60 pizzas donated by a local business owner, raised over $1,000 for GHM. The St. Joseph of the Pines (Southern Pines, N.C.) community joined together in a service of remembrance and hope for Haiti with associates, residents, volunteers, family members and members of the community. Rev. Carl Naylor, director of mission outreach, led an assemblage of holy people in the Chapel of Belle Meade. St. Mary’s Health Care System (Athens, Ga.) urged colleagues to donate via Catholic Relief Services, American Red Cross or GHM. They published regular updates from CHE and provided names of colleagues who were interested in participating in a Haiti mission. They also held a special luncheon event, featuring 2009 GHM volunteer, Karen Joyce, R.N., director, home health care/hospice services. St. Mary Medical Center (Langhorne, Pa.) sponsored the first GHM mission to Haiti in January, which included two St. Mary colleagues: Steven Lowe, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon, and Col. Paulette Schank, C.R.N.A., a nurse anesthetist and U.S.A.F. reservist. A blessing ceremony was held for Haiti native Murielle Jeantry, telemetry nurse, and Jill Simon, pediatric nurse practitioner, before they departed for Haiti in March to provide medical services to patients at Hospice St. Joseph.
St. Peter’s Health Care Services (Albany, N.Y.) sent out regular updates to all colleagues, encouraging them to donate to GHM, Catholic Relief Services, American Red Cross and Partners in Health. They also provided names of colleagues interested in joining a mission to Haiti to the state.
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Catholic Health East System Office colleagues collected over $2,000 for rebuilding Hospital St. Francis de Sales. CHE also held a special chili sale, with homemade chili provided by John Ludwig, an ITSS colleague, and all proceeds were given to GHM. CHE also pledged $100,000 to GHM to help rebuild Hospital St. Francis de Sales.
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Global Health Ministry sent two teams to provide medical care to earthquake victims. In Port-auPrince, Léogâne and Jacmel, clinicians treated hundreds of patients and performed surgery in tents where churches and hospitals once stood. Regular updates about the ongoing needs of the people have been provided system-wide and the response has been overwhelming. In addition to the aforementioned efforts, there have been many other individual and organizational contributions from colleagues, foundations and sponsoring congregations far and wide.
Although the damage in Port-au-Prince is extensive, the worst-hit community was the town of Léogâne, situated atop the earthquake’s epicenter about 20 miles west of the capital. Nearly 80 to 90 percent of its buildings were destroyed and more than 20,000 people were killed. Also suffering extensive damage was the port town of Jacmel, situated on the southern coast of Haiti. Seventy percent of its buildings were destroyed.
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Hope Ministries Newtown Square, Pennsylvania Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill Greensburg, Pennsylvania Sisters of Providence Holyoke, Massachusetts Sisters of St. Joseph St. Augustine, Florida Sisters of Mercy of the Americas: Mid-Atlantic Community Merion, Pennsylvania New York, Pennsylvania, Pacific West Community Buffalo, New York Northeast Community Cumberland, Rhode Island South Central Community Belmont, North Carolina
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Looking to the Future “L’Union Fait La Force”
The Numbers “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you.” – Psalm 50:15 The U.N. estimates that more than 230,000 people were killed in the Haiti earthquake and at least 300,000 more were injured. More than 1.5 million people are living in makeshift tent cities because they have lost their homes. Over 75 percent of the capital city was destroyed, including more than 100,000 homes, with an additional 200,000 sustaining severe damage; and more than 1,300 education centers and 50 hospitals collapsed.
The above motto is proudly displayed on Haiti’s flag. Its English translation, “Unity Makes Strength,” echoes CHE’s own—“Together we are so much more.” Never was this as true as during these last few months and will continue to be the over the next few years ahead. Haiti will need a great deal of support to recover, rebuild and restabilize their infrastructure. Global Health Ministry and Catholic Health East are committed to rebuilding the Hospital St. Francis de Sales in Port-au-Prince and will continue to collaborate with its partners to raise the funds and provide the support needed to bring quality health care to the people of Haiti. The system-wide support of our Sponsors, board members, congregations and colleagues illustrates how we live our Core Values every day; it is the living embodiment of our Mission of being a transforming, healing presence in all of the communities we serve.
Holy Cross Hospital Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Lourdes Health System Camden, New Jersey Maxis Health System Carbondale, Pennsylvania Mercy Community Health West Hartford, Connecticut Mercy Health System of Maine Portland, Maine Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania Conshohocken, Pennsylvania Mercy Hospital Miami, Florida Mercy Medical Daphne, Alabama Pittsburgh Mercy Health System Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Saint Joseph’s Health System Atlanta, Georgia Saint Michael’s Medical Center Newark, New Jersey Sisters of Providence Health System Springfield, Massachusetts St. Francis Hospital Wilmington, Delaware St. Francis Medical Center Trenton, New Jersey St. James Mercy Health System Hornell, New York St. Joseph of the Pines Southern Pines, North Carolina St. Mary Medical Center Langhorne, Pennsylvania St. Mary’s Health Care System Athens, Georgia St. Peter’s Health Care Services Albany, New York
Catholic Health East Supportive Health Corporations Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Inc. Global Health Ministry Stella Maris Insurance Company, Ltd.
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Catholic Health East ministries from Maine to Florida make donations of time and funds to help victims of the January 2010 Haiti earthquake.