May 2011

CHI Contributes Funds, Leadership to Campaign for Haiti Renewal

Working through the Catholic Health Association's Campaign for Rebirth and Renewal, Catholic health care organizations in the U.S. are making donations to Catholic Relief Services in order to provide the people of Haiti with modern, quality health care. CHI has made a donation of $1 million to the cause, and CHI leaders are serving on the campaign's Steering and Stewardship Committees.

A major goal of the Campaign for Rebirth and Renewal is to build a new facility for Hospital St. Francis de Sales, part of the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince. The hospital, the primary health care provider for the poor in Haiti's capital, was almost totally demolished in an earthquake on January 12, 2010. The rubble has been removed and the site prepared for construction of a 200-bed facility that will be a teaching hospital, a center of excellence for infectious disease care and a referral center for other hospitals in Haiti. Construction is expected to start later this year and take two years to complete.

Funds donated to the campaign will be used to develop a network among faith-based hospitals in Haiti. This network will deliver efficiencies and savings through shared services, such as supply chain management.

The campaign's fundraising goal is $9.55 million, and donations and pledges totaling $9.35 million have already been received. Kevin Lofton, president and chief executive officer of CHI, is serving on the campaign's Steering Committee, which assists with fund raising. Colleen Scanlon, senior vice president of advocacy for CHI, is serving on the campaign's Stewardship Committee, which will monitor the progress of the rebuilding and ensure that all donations are used for the intended purpose.

Read the stories of some CHI employees who served on the ground in the aftermath of the earthquake on the Serving with Heart page of Inside CHI.