RATCLIFF architects and a team of health care providers and engineers embark on a good
will mission today to lay groundwork to construct a new emergency department (ED)
and intensive care unit (ICU) at St. Therese Hospital in the town of Hinche
(pronounced â€œEnchâ€) in Haiti.
Sponsoring the mission are Medical Care
for Children of All Races Everywhere (Medical CARE) www.medicalcareforchildren.org, a non profit that provides proper training, tools, and techniques to local doctors
and nurses in developing countries, and Emergency Physicians International (EPI) www.epinternational.org, a non
profit that seeks to improve medical care in developing countries by building
EDs and ICUs and enhancing the clinical skills of local providers. Once
the ED and ICU are completed and effectively self sufficient, the facility will
become part of the EPI foundation. Medical CARE joined EPI to serve as
consultants in evaluating the current conditions of healthcare at St. Therese.
Medical CAREâ€™s Dr. Olajire Idowu, Pediatric Surgeon at Childrenâ€™s Hospital of Oakland, California
(CHO), and EPIâ€™s Dr. Rick Spurlock, Assistant Medical Director of Piedmont Fayette Emergency Department, Georgia, visited Haiti last year and met with the
Ministry of Health and the Medical Director to understand their vision and
discuss future options of elevating the current level of care to patients.
Upon their return Dr.
Idowu invited RATCLIFF to provide pro bono architectural services. M+NLB
mechanical and electrical engineers of San Francisco
and Miyamoto structural engineers of Sacramento
are volunteering professional services as well. On this trip are Dr.
Idowu, Dr. Spurlock, Steven Steinberg
and Bruce Berg from Ratcliff, Ron
Bourgault of M+NLB and Henry Trudel, Chief Engineer for CHO.
About St. Therese
St. Therese is the main hospital for Hinche and much of the
surrounding area, serving an estimated 220,000 people. It has a crumbling
infrastructure and technology that is well behind what is considered standard
in developed nations. It was built in the 1930s by the U.S. Marines during one
of the American occupations of Haiti
and is currently run by the Haitian Ministry of Health in partnership with
Partners in Health and Project Medishare. It provides a variety of services
including surgeries, deliveries, dental, HIV and tuberculosis care.
architecture, interior design, and planning services to healthcare, higher
education, and civic clients throughout the Western United
States. The firm is rated as one of Interior Design magazineâ€™s Top 40 Healthcare Design
Firms in the United States,
and is the winner of the AIA California Council 2005 Firm of the Year Award.
Recent healthcare projects include the new John
Center, Walnut Creek.