Thanks to FON (Friend of the Network) Hans Schutt, I learned more about the new hospital that has opened in Cap, and he recommended I see it, so I did on Saturday Oct. 20. Hans explained that it primarily is based on an employer paid health plan, with small deductables for employees or their families to get care. They also offer services for fee for service, and are open 24-7.
On the way there, I met former Network Support Team intern and Network interpreter Jean Brunel Louis, and we went together to the facility just past the cathedral on the main square at 17K called DASH. It is a 4 story light green (color of healthcare) building still receiving some finishing touches. We were welcomed by Bertholot Laroche, part of the administration, who took us on a tour. They have a beautiful waiting room, clinic area, lab, pharmacy, OR, delivery area, and inpatient rooms are upstairs, including a large private room with a view of the town square.
I also had the chance to speak by phone with the founder, Dr. Ronald Laroche. He tells me they have 6 of such centers in Port-au-Prince, and that they are a nonprofit. We discussed many ways that we might work together, including a place to receive referrals from clinics and teams for x-rays, labs, and admissions, and we started the process of having the DASH Hospital join the Cap Haitien Health Network. We welcome them and thank them for bringing such a modern and well organized facility to Cap Haitien!!