Top accomplishments of Project Haiti over the years:
Started with life saving medical teams providing health and hope to the poor.
Evolved into teaching teams – helping Haiti's people to help their own.
Shipped an average of 10,000 lbs. of desperately needed supplies each year for 20 years
Built and maintain the Hope Christian Mission School, a free primary school near Pignon for 300 children.
Provided leadership in surgery, anesthesia, nursing, radiology, laboratory, telecommunications, building construction, and energy storage.
Provided emergency food and medicine relief to hospital during time of desperation during US embargo, after rebellion, following USAID cutbacks, following the hurricanes and after the earthquake of 2010.
A detailed list of the growing list of accomplishments
- Built the hospital's first sanitary restroom facilities in 1991.
- Built the septic drainage system for the hospital (Tom Johnson).
- Built and maintained Haiti Mercy Mission orphanage facility, supporting over 50 orphan children (sponsors: Arnie and JoAnn Johnson, Paul and Theresa Severson).
- Built the second story of the hospital, doubling its original size.
- Built the original laboratory, conference room and upstairs depot.
- Built the ramp systems to access the upper floors of the hospital.
- Battery/inverter energy storage project for nightly hospital power.
- Built the Minnesota Dorm, complete with inverter, hot water, phone and wireless.
- Built and maintained the Hope Christian Mission School, a free primary school near Pignon, for 300 children.
- Donated several generators for the hospital complex (Fran Holden).
- Donated numerous hospital vehicles (Fran & Clarence Holden, Dr. Chuck Benson).
- Relocation of 3 families to new homes to extend the airport runway.
- Built the Pignon airport, complete with fence and terminal (Sponsored by the Brainerd Rotary Club, Tom Johnson, and Franciscan University students).
- Built out the new Surgery Expansion, complete with 2 Stryker/Berchtold Endo-suites (sponsors: Fran and Clarence Holden, Arnie and JoAnn Johnson, Tim and Diane Madden, Nor-son Construction).
- Built the new Radiology/Laboratory and Teleconference Education Center (Holden wing) supported by Stryker Endoscopy and Stryker Communications.
- Established Endosopy department at Hopital Bienfaisance, with addition of new Olympus Video-Endoscopy unit in 2007 (Sponsor Tim and Diane Madden).
- Provided services to thousands of patients.
- Established Haiti's first satellite based telecommunications system in Pignon. In recent years, expanded to Internet based telehealth network covering all of Haiti.
Bringing Organizations Together
- Recruited other professionals to help, giving birth to several active charitable organizations: Fargo team, Ohio team, Haiti Outreach, and Indianapolis team.
- Recruited Interplast Plastic Surgery team for annual contributions, providing specialists in plastic surgery, pediatric cardiology and pediatric anesthesiology (Drs. David Fogarty, Claude Roge, and Stuart Neil).
- Provided guidance in helping to establish Pignon's Rotary Club (Hanspeter Borgwarth).
- Facilitated numerous Rotary projects involving Dormitory, Airport, Primary School and Happy Homes.
- Guidance and initial funding for "Mother's Clubs" started in 1991.
- Bringing major national surgical organizations (American College of Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, IVUmed) to Haiti to help rebuild the country's medical educational system.
- Provided dental teams to support the mission.
- Established the Arnie and JoAnn Johnson Carpentry School in Pignon through Hope Christian Mission.
- Started the "Little Angels Project" in 2011, which provides free hospital care for all children from 0-5 years at Hopital Bienfaisance in Pignon.
- Introduced Hernia Repairs for the Underserved to the country of Haiti, conducted first hernia training in Pignon, facilitated national training program.
- Benediction College University teams introduced to Pignon. Annual teams have funded and built Catholic radio station and secondary school.
- Introduced ultrasonography, taught first courses to Haitian doctors (Dr. Chuck Benson).
- First overseas Comprehensive Advanced Life Support Course (UM's Dr. Ernie Ruiz).
- First to teach Laparoscopic Surgery and host annual courses for Haitian surgeons (Drs. Paul Severson, Howard McCollister and Timothy Lemieur).
- Countless young Haitians educated by Project Haiti volunteers, many in professional careers.
- Provided education in modern laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery for Haiti’s faculty and resident surgeons since 1995.
- Dr. Henri Lanctin's first visit to Haiti with Dr. Severson - November, 2010.
- Initial urological surgery week in Pignon - March, 2011.
- Initial urological teaching workshop involving to urology residents from Port-au-Prince - November, 2011.
- To date - multiple teaching workshops in Pignon and Port-au-Prince focusing on general urology, vesico-vaginal fistula repair, radical prostatectomy, stone disease management, endourology, including TURP.
- To date have taught over 90% of practicing Haitian urologists.
- Have partnership with IVUmed, an organization who is committed to making quality urology care available worldwide and whose motto is "Teach One, Reach Many".
- Developed partnership with IVUmed reconstructive urlogists: Dr. Frank Burks (Royal Oak, MI, now on Project Haiti Board of Directors), Dr. Joe Costa (Jacksonville, FL), Dr. Joe Babiarz (Wausau, WI), and Dr. Dan Rosenstein (Loma Linda, CA).
- Facilitated and contributed to scholarships through Societie Internationale d'Urologie for fellowships for Haitian residents and young Haitian urologists to attend urology training centers in Dakar, Senegal, and Trinidad.
- Donated cystoscopic and video equipment to main urology teaching hospital in Haiti and initiated cystoscopy and TURP training program for residents.
- Assisted the American Urological Association in the acquisition of a major donation from Karl Storz Urology for endoscopic equipment for 3 hospitals in Haiti - Les Cayes, Port-au-Prince, and Cap Haitien.
- Assisted in organization and implementation of the first 3 international urological conferences in Haiti.
- Assisted with the development of the Global Association for the Support of Haitian Urology.
- Partnered with AUA, IVUmed, and Dr. Angelo Gousse (Miami, FL) in the acquisition and donation of three ultrasound units to HUEH and the conduction of an urological ultrasound course in Port-au-Prince.
- Organized meeting with Haitian urologists and gynecologists, IVUmed, United Nation representatives, and other interested parties to establish a study to determine the prevalence of vesico-vaginal fistula in Haiti.
- Identification and successful implementation of major teaching center in Port-au-Prince - Hopital St. Francois de Sales (HSFDS).
- Initiation of a stone treatment center at HSFDS.
- Procurement of Holmium laser technology for treating ureteral calculi - November, 2016. (Donation from ForTec Medical)
- First ureteroscopic stone treatment teaching workshop - November, 2016.
- First percutaneous nephrolithotomy workshop with Dr. John Denstedt - March, 2017.
- Procurement of extracorporeal shockwave lithotripter (ESWL) - donation from Dornier MedTech and Next Med - May, 2017.
- First ESWL stone treatment workshop - May, 2017.