As you are aware, Haiti's strongest earthquake in more than 200 years struck the island nation on Tuesday, January 12, causing widespread devastation. The 7.0 magnitude quake hit the Western Hemisphere's most impoverished country, destroying 70 percent of the buildings in areas hit hardest. Approximately one-third of the country's population was directly affected.

At this time, financial assistance is needed to most effectively continue relief efforts in Haiti. The Seton Institute, the international outreach arm of Ascension Health, continues to organize donations. Seton Institute has announced that for the next few months, all online donations to Seton Institute (100% of all donations) will go to support the work of the Sisters in Haiti, including the Daughters of Charity, one of the Sponsors of Ascension Health. These Sisters, who are natives of Haiti, live among the people and serve those who are most in need. Their own house was destroyed and they are living in tents, but they continue to help all in the community.

Please note, the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) is seeking pharmaceutical and other medical supply donations.

See below for details on how individuals can help monetarily and how Health Ministries can help by sending supplies.

Around Ascension Health, associates are being directly impacted by the devastation in Haiti. At Providence Healthcare Network, Waco, Texas, associates are keeping in their prayers the family of colleague and friend Rosemary Munos. Rosemary's family in Haiti continues to recover from the earthquake and search for loved ones who are still missing.

St. Vincent's HealthCare in Jacksonville, Fla., also has been affected, as it has partnered with St. Boniface Hospital, a non-governmental organization (NGO), and multiple clinics in Fond des Blanc, Haiti. St. Boniface Hospital, thankfully, was not damaged by the earthquake, and what's even more fortunate is that none of the personnel or patients were injured. However, one clinic located in the mountains of Fond des Blanc was severely damaged and patients were being transported from Port au Prince to St. Boniface Hospital in rescue trucks.

Through this Ascension Health portal associates can learn about ongoing Haiti relief efforts involving our Health Ministries. All associates are welcome and encouraged to share their own personal stories by sending them to communications@ascensionhealth.org.

How to Donate to Relief Efforts

Donations to Seton Institute may be made online by going to www.setoninstitute.org or by checks made payable to Seton Institute and mailed to: Seton Institute, P.O. Box 140182, St. Louis, Mo., 63114, Attn: Haiti Earthquake Relief.

One-hundred percent of all donations will be used to support the programs of the Sisters in Haiti, including the Daughters of Charity, one of the Sponsors of Ascension Health, who have a strong presence in Port au Prince, the capital city of Haiti, located near the quake's epicenter. Seton Institute also is working with the Catholic Consortium for International Health Care, which is made up of members from Catholic health systems across the United States, to generate a response to the needs in Haiti as well.

Attention Health Ministries: Needed Medical Supplies

Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) has supplied the list below of pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies that are urgently needed in Haiti. Items needed by CMMB-Haiti:

  • All types of wound care items
  • ACE bandages
  • 4x4 Rolled gauze
  • Abdominal dressing
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Alcohol pads
  • Tape
  • Butterfly bandages
  • Cotton applicators
  • Iodine
  • Saline
  • Surgical scrub
  • Ambu bags
  • Splints
  • Casting materials
  • Arm slings
  • Crutches
  • C-collars
  • Sutures
  • Gloves
  • Syringes (assorted)
  • Luer lock needles (assorted)
  • Body bags
  • Local anesthetic
  • Vitamins
  • Antifungals
  • Antibiotics
  • Antacids
  • Antidiarrheals
  • Pain Medication
  • Electrolytes/oral rehydration solution
  • Nutritionals (ensure)
  • Basic First Aid supplies

Pharmaceuticals must be by the case as CMMB tracks all donations by lot number. All products must have at least 6-month dating. Please no controlled/scheduled drugs. CMMB needs to approve of all donations prior to shipment to the CMMB Distribution Center:

If you are able to donate any of the attached items, please provide a list, via e-mail, that includes the name(s) of the product(s), quantities, and expiration dates to: Ariela Torgersen atorgersen@cmmb.org