EMI is privileged to partner with Centre Médical Béraca (CMB) for a facility assessment and growth plan project. CMB, located in La Pointe, northwest Haiti, presently has a 140-bed capacity and provides health services and spiritual nourishment to approximately 30,000 patients per year. The hospital’s services include emergency, surgery, maternity, laboratory and community health services and has been led by nationals since the 1970’s. The hospital has a mix of old and new buildings (maternity was completed in 2018) and has been operating on stand-alone power since its inception. The electrical infrastructure is in need of an upgrade, as identified in a recent report by an EMI volunteer based upon his site visit in March 2020. Additionally, CMB desires to develop a plan for the future growth of the hospital so that the limited site area can be well utilized and infrastructure systems can accommodate these additions and changes over time.
The EMI team scope for the project will be to perform an overall hospital facilities assessment and growth plan, including several components. First, EMI will work with CMB to develop a program of the desired departmental changes (outpatient, emergency, pharmacy, laboratory, maternity, children’s, surgery, community health, and administration) that are anticipated at the hospital over the next 5-10 years. The team will assess how these anticipated changes may be accomplished on the hospital site over time and indicate anticipated future building locations on the site plan. The EMI team will also perform a visual structural assessment of existing buildings and document the existing campus water, wastewater, and electrical utilities and provide recommendations for improvements to these systems and infrastructure. This project is intended to provide the hospital with recommendations for infrastructure development based upon the determined campus growth plan. It is possible that a future EMI project in 2021 could use this information, along with further meetings, to provide a more detailed master plan, including phasing of work, along with conceptual architectural design for select buildings.