Welcome to the REVOLUTION!
In cooperation with Dominican nonprofit partner ACPSI (The Christian Association for the Promotion of Integral Health), a new building has been constructed for the Christian Clinic for Integral Health to help fulfill its original vision of serving the poorest of the poor while providing opportunities to expand available services to the southwestern region of the Dominican Republic. We believe the new facility will be a REVOLUTION for the community, but we cannot succeed without the prayers, participation, and financial giving from people like you. If you are not already involved, we pray that you will consider how you can be a part of this project.
Follow the progress of the REVOLUTION Campaign! For the latest updates on fundraising, construction, photos, and more – stay current through the blog!
Your donation will make a difference! Thank you for supporting this important project.
The Challenges We Face
The Christian Clinic for Integral Health in San Juan de la Maguana faced disastrous flooding from Hurricane George in 1998. The entire clinic was covered by over five feet of water that severely damaged the structure and property.
As a result, the clinic:
- Sits on a government declared flood plain with a high risk of future flooding
- Has maintenance issues beyond repair including a leaky roof, mold growth, and a buckled floor
- Does not comply with government standards and is at risk of being shut down at any time
- Cannot accept insurance due to its poor condition which drastically limits funding and makes self-sustainment impossible
For a Sanjuanero to visit the capital, such a trip might entail:
- Purchase of a bus ticket
- Travel for three to six hours one-way
- Long wait time at the public hospital, sometimes for multiple days
- Food and lodging costs
- Sacrifice of salary while away from work
Bringing State of the Art Healthcare to the Poor
With the help of our Dominican non-profit partner ACPSI, volunteers from across North America and the Dominican Republic, the faithful giving of donors, and God’s blessing, we are striving to revolutionize healthcare in the Dominican Republic.
The new clinic facility includes:
- 46,242 square feet
- 56 beds
- Projected increase in annual surgical procedures from 600 to 1,000
- Projected increase in annual patient services provided from 38,000 to 98,000
- Project increase in employees from 35 to 93
The clinic plans to offer new services at its new location, with some of them becoming available to the San Juan community for the very first time ever.
The new services include:
- Ambulance Services
- Blood Bank
- Emergency Care
- Emergency Obstetrics
- Intensive Care
- Neonatal Intensive Care
- Physical Therapy
SRI is pleased to partner with MedShare to assist with equipment needs as well as equipment training for the new facility.
MedShare is a 501c(3) humanitarian aid organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people, communities and our planet by sourcing and directly delivering surplus medical supplies and equipment to communities in need around the world.
MedShare helps increase health system capacity and drives sustainability by providing biomedical equipment training and service to healthcare organizations and medical professionals serving populations in need.
MedShare’s deliveries of vital medical supplies and equipment have decreased our nation’s carbon footprint and brought health, healing and the promise of better lives to 100 countries and countless patients.
Moving forward, there is still work to be done before the clinic can officially move and begin operating out of the new building. Current orders of business include waiting on Public Health approvals, waiting on containers with necessary equipment, the process of hiring additional staff, and the process of training staff. At this point in time, the hope is to make the move into the new facility by late summer or early fall, but is all dependent on the previously listed items in process. SRI is committed to continue support to the clinic during this time of transition so that the clinic can successfully move and begin functioning out of the new building. Communications via this blog, email, and social media will remain constant and regular to keep supporters in-the-know each step of the way.
Current and Future Operations
SRI currently provides financial support for roughly 15% of the clinic’s operational needs as well as the additional services provided by SRI volunteer medical teams. The new building will allow for the clinic to continue operating as it currently does while also offering more services and the new ability to accept insurance (after Public Health approvals). As a result, this will ultimately decrease the amount of financial support needed from SRI and free up funding for other SRI ministries. As for management, SRI has oversight responsibilities via the Joint Executive Committee made up of SRI and ACPSI (The Christian Association for the Promotion of Integral Health) representation. However, the clinic operates and will continue to be managed independently from SRI.
Your Help is Still Needed
The clinic and SRI request that supporters please continue to stay informed and involved moving forward. Prayers are needed for the current priorities mentioned above including Public Health approvals, equipment shipping, and the hiring and training of staff. The continuation of pledges to the project is extremely helpful at this time to help with costs of equipment and shipping, the completion of the pharmacy, and other transitional needs communicated as we approach the move into the new facility. Also, please keep in mind that SRI will continue to send 100% of all donated funds directly to the clinic project without the removal of administrative fees.