CHRISTUS Health Commits Additional Funds to Rebuild Haiti January 25, 2011

CHRISTUS Health recently announced that it has committed $1 million to rebuild and reopen Hospital St. Francis de Sales, a Catholic hospital in Port-au-Prince that was heavily damaged during last year’s earthquake. This gift, drawn from CHRISTUS’ community benefit fund and divided equally over the next three years, will support a collaboration between Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Catholic Hospital Association (CHA). While CRS will support one-third of the building costs and the first year’s operating expenses, CHA has set a goal for a consortium of Catholic health systems in America to raise the additional funds to make this project a reality.

CHRISTUS Health joins 9 other Catholic health care systems in this endeavor. This financial commitment marks an additional step in CHRISTUS’ ongoing commitment to spread hope and healing to all those who need it. Last year, after prayerful consideration and careful discernment, CHRISTUS Health committed $50,000 to support the work of CRS in Haiti. In February 2010, CHRISTUS also sent a 20-member team and medical supplies to Port-au-Prince to provide clinical care and spiritual assistance for a week in partnership with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Tom Royer, CHRISTUS Health CEO, has been asked to serve on the steering committee for this collaborative to help oversee the construction and initial opening. Gerry Heeley, CHRISTUS senior vice president for Mission and Ethics, has agreed to serve on the advisory committee, which will have responsibility for ensuring that the project is meeting it long-term goals and that those with the greatest needs are receiving care. You can read more about the hospital itself on CHA’s website here.