Feb. 15, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Holy Name Medical Center (HNMC) hosted a premier screening of
Caucus: New Jersey
's "Make a Difference: Have a Heart, Help Haiti" on
. The public television program, which features interviews with
, President/CEO of HNMC, and
, MD, HNMC Ob/Gyn and President of the Center for Rural Development of Milot, was one component of the evening's event, which introduced Holy Name's "Hospital for
" initiative and provided an overview of the Medical Center's efforts to enhance the level of patient care at Hopital Sacre Coeur in Milot,
During the evening, guests viewed documentary footage about life in
and learned about the healthcare and socioeconomic challenges faced by the people of Milot, which is located in the northern region of the country. Mr. Maron and members of the medical staff who had made humanitarian trips, including Dr. Butler, and Dr.
, both HNMC anesthesiologists, shared personal anecdotes about their experiences.
, Ph.D., host and producer of
Caucus: New Jersey
, provided commentary, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.
Hopital Sacre Coeur serves 225,000 people in Milot and the northern
region. It is one of the area's few reliable healthcare resources, although the facility and its technology are 30 to 40 years behind the times. Volunteers from Holy Name Medical Center are providing critically–needed medical care to adults and children at Hopital Sacre Coeur. Physicians and nurses bring equipment, supplies and pharmaceuticals on every visit, and provide education to Haitian healthcare professionals about current medical practice. Holy Name's administrators and technical employees work on infrastructure and systems initiatives, in an effort to lend organization and leadership.
Mr. Maron captivated the audience at the beginning of his presentation with a recording of a beating human heart. He proceeded to speak of his Medical Center's commitment to
, explaining that "
chose Holy Name," rather than the other way around. "Our hearts were open, and we listened," he said. "As an organization vibrant with faith and a beacon of light in challenging times, we chose to act. That is how faith must be. The minor sacrifices we will make for
will only make us stronger and better caregivers here... It is our responsibility, those who have benefited from the sacrifices of others, those of us who have the means, the strength and the courage to act… it is our charge to do so."
Mr. Maron described how the relationship with Hopital Sacre Coeur started with Dr. Butler 20 years ago, and Holy Name's founders and sponsors, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, have had a consistent presence there. However, after the devastating earthquake of 2010, Holy Name stepped up its involvement and the staff was moved to do more. Mr. Maron said Holy Name's work in
would not be a short-term project, but rather, "HNMC is there for the long haul, there for the people of Milot, with the ultimate goal of creating a reliable, sustainable, healthcare system."
Over 350 people were in attendance at
event, including benefactors, elected officials, individuals from the community at large, and members of the Holy Name family. Honored guests included 22 Holy Name employees and medical staff members who have volunteered their expertise and skills at Hopital Sacre Coeur. Also present were
, President, Board of Trustees of the Russell Berrie Foundation;
Stephen A. Borg
, President of North Jersey Media Group and Publisher of
; and leaders from The Valley Hospital, St. Barnabas Healthcare System, Mount Sinai Medical Center, United Water and Bergen County LINKS.
To learn more about Holy Name Medical Center's commitment to
or to make a charitable donation to the Hospital for
or call the Holy Name Medical Center Foundation at 201-833-3187.
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