Well if you haven't figured it out yet, I am no longer at the hospital in Haiti, I've been home now for just a little less than two weeks. Coming home has been an emotional roller coaster to say the least. It has been wonderful to be able to see my wife and boys on a daily basis rather than a month or more in between. But it has been very hard to re-inculturate to life in the developed world and all of the daily luxury that we take for granted. It's been even harder to hear of continued and in some cases increased challenges at the hospital and feel so far away and unable to help. That said, I have actually been able to assist the hospital and those working there from afar in a number of different ways since my return to the states. I have spent many hours over the past 10 days meeting and debriefing with AHI management and LLUGHI support staff to try and improve our overall effectiveness in helping the ongoing mission at the hospital. I have also continued work with a number of our partner organizations to foster additional donations of supplies and medical equipment. While I don't know if, or when, I will return to the hospital, I assure you my work there will continue for the foreseeable future.
Loma Linda University and AHI's continued involvement
Early this morning a team of LLU/AHI administration and support staff arrived at Hopital Adventiste for a hospital board meeting and exploratory visit. The team is:
Dr. Richard Hart - President AHI & LLU
Jerry Daly - Asst. VP LLU GHI
Mo O'Reilly - Project Manager GHI
Kenneth Breyer - Asst. VP LLU Construction Services
Nathan Lindsey - Potential Long-term volunteer for HAH
Please keep this team and the entire hospital board in your prayers over the next few days. The issues they will be debating in this board meeting will define the immediate and long-term future of Hopital Adventiste d'Haiti.
This blog and others
I will try to continue to update this blog with news from the hospital, albeit with even less frequency. That said, here are a couple of other blogs from folks currently at the hospital or those that have visited recently:
Cure Caribe by Dr. Scott Nelson - Currently working at HAH
Haitibones by Dr. Jim Matiko - Visited HAH two weeks ago and plans to return soon
DavidinHaiti by David Harris - College student volunteering at HAH spring & summer of 2010