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Old December 26th, 2012, 06:42 AM   #1
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Long before the January 2010 Earthquake in Port au Prince, aid organization Partners in Health had plans to build a regional hospital. Unfortunately, the devastating quake destroyed Haiti’s main teaching hospital in Port-au-Prince and killed an entire class of nursing students. Now that Haiti is on the road to recovery, Partners in Health has scaled up their plans to build a sustainable, state of the art 320 bed teaching facility powered by solar panels. The Mirebalais Hospital was completely redesigned and donated by Nicholas Clark Architects and construction began in July of 2010 and is expected to be complete in January 2012. The new 45,000 sq ft hospital is located in the Central Plateau region of Haiti in a town called Mirebalais and will serve an estimated 450-500 patients per day. When completed in early 2012, the main medical campus will encompass seven buildings, provide unprecedented medical care for the people of Haiti and serve as an educational facility for the next generation of medical workers. The facility will also include 6 operating rooms, laboratories, microbiology, radiology, and more. Even more amazing is that all of the funds for the hospital have come from direct donations from individuals and firms through Partners In Health and the hospital is expected to cost less than $16 million to build. According to the philosophy of Partners In Health, the hospital includes a number of sustainable practices. Gardens and courtyards are an integral part of the design to encourage the flow of natural ventilation for cooling as well as to prevent the transmission of tuberculosis and other airborne diseases. Large shading roofs will protect the interior from the hot tropical sun and natural daylighting will primarily be used to conserve energy for hospital equipment. High efficiency ceiling fans and efficient lighting will further reduce energy usage.

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Nowhere is PIH/ZL’s commitment to building back better more evident than in the construction of a 180,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art teaching hospital in Mirebalais, a city approximately 35 miles north of Port-au-Prince.

In late 2008, the existing and inadequate hospital in Mirebalais closed after the agency that had been operating it stopped providing services, leaving 140,000 local residents without essential medical care. The Haitian Ministry of Health (MOH) asked PIH/ZL to step in and fill the gap. We accepted and in early 2009, we began drawing up plans for a new hospital to address the health needs of the community.



The destruction of 80 percent of Haiti’s health care infrastructure on January 12, 2010, made the need for a hospital in Mirebalais more urgent than ever. As the gateway into the Central Plateau, Mirebalais occupies a strategic location for treating the thousands of displaced persons who are still streaming into the rural Central and Artibonite departments from Port-au-Prince. Starting in February, PIH/ZL’s team of architects and engineers went back to the drawing board, modifying their plans in order to make the new facility a national referral and teaching hospital featuring state-of-the-art clinical design and green technology.

When it opens its doors at the end of 2011, the Mirebalais hospital will be the largest public hospital outside of the capital city. The new hospital will have 320 beds—equivalent in capacity to all 12 of PIH/ZL's existing hospitals in Haiti combined—and will offer clinical facilities not currently available at any public site in Haiti, including an intensive care unit and an operating theater complex with six operating rooms.

Not only were many of the health care facilities in and around Port-au-Prince destroyed in the earthquake, an entire class of 150 nursing students perished beneath the rubble of Haiti’s collapsed nursing school. The only teaching hospital in the country, the capital city’s General Hospital--l’Hopital de l’Université d’Etat d’Haïti (HUEH)--was badly damaged and its educational facilities destroyed.

Working in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Harvard Medical School and its teaching hospital Brigham and Women’s, Dartmouth Medical School, and Duke Medical School, and other institutions, PIH/ZL hopes to reinvigorate education for health professionals in Haiti by making Mirebalais Hospital a major teaching hospital – one that provides quality education to nurses, medical students, and resident physicians.

While it will not replace the central teaching hospital, which will take years to rebuild and repair, the hospital in Mirebalais will supplement efforts at HUEH and contribute to the national goal of decentralizing public services, including both clinical care and medical education.
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THE FIRST PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION AT MIREBALAIS HOSPITAL NEARS COMPLETION
Posted on 04/27/12



In late April workers finished installing hundreds of solar panels on Mirebalais Hospital's roof.

Just before 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, the last concrete block at the main complex of Mirebalais National Teaching Hospital was put into place.

When it opens its doors in Autumn 2012, the 180,000-square foot, 320-bed hospital will offer a level of care never before available at a public facility in Haiti.

As can be seen in the pictures below, the hospital incorporates a great deal of green technology. The facility will use 400kW of high efficiency photovoltaic roof-mounted solar collectors to supply electrical power.

The massive solar array will be one of, if not the, largest in Haiti, and may even allow the hospital to return extra capacity back to the power grid.

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WORLD BANK PRESIDENT JIM YONG KIM CELEBRATES HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION
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From left, Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, Haitian President Michel Martelly, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, HUM Chief Operating Officer Dr. David Walton, and PIH co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at l'Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais Nov. 6, 2012.

The white walls of l'Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais blazed in the hot sun Tuesday as crowds gathered for Partners In Health co-founder and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s visit to the newly built hospital.

The hospital grounds were filled with the residents of Mirebalais, local and national government officials, representatives of nongovernmental partner organizations, and staff of Zanmi Lasante, PIH's sister organization in Haiti. All were gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the end of the hospital’s construction phase. The hospital will officially open the first part of next year.

Kim’s visit marked a return to the area in which he, Dr. Paul Farmer, and Ophelia Dahl began the work of Partners In Health years ago.

“In 1988 I came to the Central Plateau for the first time, and I met Père Lafontant,” he told a small group just before the ceremony. “In the middle of very little else that was going on, we saw this wonderful hospital [in Cange], and the question that we asked during that first visit was what do the people of the Central Plateau deserve? The constant refrain from all around us was ‘you have to lower your expectations. Haiti is a difficult country to work in; there’s only so much you can do.’”



The HUM radiology suite is fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

“I’m so proud to see that the government of Haiti, Zanmi Lasante, the community, and so many other people have answered the question by building this hospital,” he continued. “What the people of Haiti deserve is the best that we can possibly offer. As president of the World Bank Group, the lessons you have taught me—the people of the Central Plateau—will always be in my heart.”

Michel Joseph Martelly, president of the Republic of Haiti, addressed the crowd, along with Florence Guillaume, Haiti’s minister of health. They spoke in front of the hospital’s emergency room, on the driveway that ambulances will use to transport critically ill patients to HUM and then moved to the hospital’s front entrance for the ribbon-cutting.

“L'Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais will offer services that have no match anywhere else in Haiti,” said Dr. Pierre Paul, the hospital’s deputy director. “It is a practical example of the willingness to build something stronger and more sustainable—to build better.”




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SOLAR PANELS ARRIVE AT MIREBALAIS NATIONAL TEACHING HOSPITAL
Posted on 04/20/12


New solar panels stacked on the roof of Mirebalais.

By Andrew Johnston
April 20, 2012

Mirebalais, HAITI -- This month, the Mirebalais Hospital construction team began a very exciting phase of the project, the installation of solar panels. With construction of the 320-bed facility nearing completion, much of the hospital roof is now being equipped with the solar panels that will provide economically and environmentally sustainable energy to the hospital.


With 1,800 panels providing 400 kilovolt-amperes (KVA) of electricity, Mirebalais now houses the largest solar energy project in Haiti. The electricity generated will power the hospital during daylight hours and, importantly, save PIH a great deal of money on the utility bill that it can put to use for patient care. Based on current energy prices in Haiti, the panels will pay for themselves in less than three years. The use of solar energy is one of the many innovative components of the Mirebalais Hospital that, in aggregate, set the stage for providing a higher level of care and treatment to the citizens of post-earthquake Haiti.

The use of solar energy is not new to PIH. The organization uses solar energy at its 60-bed Lacolline Hospital in Haiti, Centre de St Michel in Boucan Carre, and the majority of the organization's hospitals and clinics in Lesotho and Rwanda, an achievement made possible through a longstanding partnership with Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF). These projects demonstrate that sustainable energy is not only possible in resource poor settings, but preferable.

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CLINTON VISITS MIREBALAIS HOSPITAL
Posted on 03/13/12


On Wednesday, March 7, former U.S. President Bill Clinton was in Haiti to highlight the potential impact solar power could have in a country rich in sun but lacking in electrical infrastructure.


PIH's Jim Ansara, Paul Farmer, NRG's David Crane, President Clinton, and PIH's David Walton review plans for the panels from the roof of Mirebalais Hospital.

As part of his trip, President Clinton, Dr. Paul Farmer, and leaders in the field of renewable energy visited PIH’s flagship Mirebalais National Teaching Hospital. Delegates toured the 320-bed, state-of-the-art medical facility, which – when it opens in mid-2012 – will be powered by a field of solar panels lining the 180,000 sq ft facility’s roof. President Clinton singled out the project as a model of what is possible in Haiti – a country still in the early stages of rebuilding after the massive damage of the 2010 earthquake.


After leaving Mirebalais Hospital, the group visited other PIH facilities that also rely on solar energy, including Centre de St Michel in Boucan Carre, the first PIH-supported clinic powered to receive solar panels, an achievement made possible through PIH's partnership with Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF).

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Haiti: Solar-Powered Mirebalais Hospital Set to Open in March

January 19, 2013 | 10:31 pm | Print


Above: the Mirebalais University Hospital (Photo: PIH)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

The Mirebalais University Hospital in Haiti will open in March, according to US-based healthcare organization Partners in Health.

The $17 million, 300-bed national public teaching hospital has already completed construction. It is Partners in Health’s largest undertaking to date, according to a release.

The project is also being powered by 1,800 solar panels — producing 100 percent of the hospital’s energy needs during peak hours and bringing surplus energy back into Haiti’s grid.

It is a joint initiative of PIH and its partner organization in Haiti, Zanmi Lasante.

The latter is the first agreement of its kind with Haiti’s Electricite d’Haiti utility, according to PIH.

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