Innovation Health Services – Supporting Haiti180
Innovation Health Services is committed to serving patients in need. IHS is proud to support Haiti180, an organization that brings medical care to underserved areas in Haiti. IHS cofounder Ron McKechnie, MD is deeply involved with Haiti 180 and reports below on their good work:
“I am reaching out to you in excitement, as your support of our mission has helped us finally open the Saint Mother Teresa Medical Center (SMTMC) in Haiti on June 11, 2019. Many people have been involved to make this happen through regular donations, local support and direct mission trips, but I am now asking for your continued support to deliver this medical care annually.
The Medical Center serves the impoverished Haitian community of Duverger and Dandann (80 miles southwest of Port au Prince) through on-site, hired medical staff that includes physicians, nurses, pharmacy and laboratory technicians – as well as through missionaries that volunteer their time and expertise with the staff and community.
As you may be aware, we have 3 emergency beds, 5 physical exam rooms, birthing suites, infant care, dental services, eye clinic and radiology capabilities. During our first month, we have treated 1000 patients for diagnoses that include hypertension, allergies, asthma, infections, wounds/injuries, seizures, nutrition and prenatal care. These patients would have otherwise had to travel sometimes > 3 hours by foot to the next closest medical center prior to our opening. While we ask each patient to pay a nominal fee (approximately $2 for their care) to be seen and treated, this is waived for most of them as they typically have no financial resources.
As co-medical director, my goal is to raise the level of care for their community to a level that we are each accustomed to here in the US. I have personally met with our staff in May and hope to “close the gap” through continued education and by providing resources to the center.
While you may already be donating to the Haiti180 mission as a Team180 member, please consider joining me annually by making a financial contribution to offset our annual budget for the medical center, as it is only through donations that our mission operates. My goal is to raise $50,000 through donations this year to cover some of the monthly costs for salaries (doctors: $2000/month, 6-8 nurses: $500-750/nurse/month; pharmacist $500/month: laboratory tech $500/month, medicines $2000+/month, medical supplies/equipment $2000-4000/month). I have already begun the 2019 fund with $5000.
If you have already contributed, I thank you for your continued support and ask that you consider asking a friend, co-worker, or your business to consider donating. If you are unable to donate, please continue your prayerful support of the mission’s continued success.
Donations can either be made:
1. Online @ www.haiti180.com/donate/
2. Mailed to Haiti180, 1160 Inneswood Drive, Gallatin, TN 37066
3. Email McKechnie@ihsmd.org with any questions
Please note your contribution to SMTMC in the memo line.
As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions.
With peace and thanks, Ron.”
Co-medical director, Saint Mother Teresa Medical Center