CRUDEM (Center for Rural Development of Milot) serves the 225,000 people living in the Milot region of northern Haiti. The village of Milot itself has a population of about 25,000, and an additional 200,000 people live within a 12-mile radius. The area is made up of many small hamlets and rural communities, situated on rough terrain consisting of mountains and plains.
CRUDEM’s mission is threefold: 1) to provide accessible health care to the poor of northern Haiti regardless of their religion, economic status, or medical condition; 2) to train and nurture a competent Haitian medical staff, supplemented and supported by volunteer specialists; and 3) at all times, and in all endeavors, to practice Christian compassion and respect for the inherent dignity of every individual.
Hôpital Sacré Coeur (HSC) is the largest private hospital in the North of Haiti. Located in the town of Milot, the 73 bed hospital has provided uninterrupted service for 25 years. This premier Haitian healthcare facility has been a beacon of hope for the people of Northern Haiti as it creates a healthier Haiti, one dignified life at a time.
Before the earthquake in January 2010, Hôpital Sacré Coeur had 73 inpatient beds, an outpatient clinic, full maternity services, a pediatric wing, and a complete laboratory. Besides the medical care facility, a Nutrition Center on the hospital campus provides two free meals daily to malnourished preschoolers. In the aftermath of the tragic earthquake, over 500 victims received critical surgical care at Hôpital Sacré Coeur. This was achieved as a result of the well established infrastructure, highly trained staff and long standing network of volunteers which allowed expansion to a 420 bed hospital in 2 weeks. The US Navy, US Coast Guard and various other hospitals and NGOs sent many of the most critically injured to Hôpital Sacré Coeur because of its capacity and expertise to treat them.
Volunteer nurses would be working in the ICU, Perioperative, preop and PACU.