VHF was founded in 1999 with a mission to provide competent and compassionate healthcare to the people of southwest Haiti and to empower them with resources to pursue their basic right to health and health education.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The average income per capita for their nearly 10 million people is $250 U.S./year.
This poverty contributes to Haiti's endemic nutritional deficiencies, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, bacterial and protozoal dysenteries, and malaria.
Your donation to Visitation Hospital helps us deliver the healthcare services that lead to better lives and futures for the people of Haiti. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so your contribution is tax-deductible.
Please remember The Big Payback on May 2! Direct a gift to Visitation Hospital Foundation to continue our medical care for Women and Children in Haiti.
Our Medical Director, Dr. Marie Claude Francois and her professional medical staff offer expectant women the opportunity of prenatal care visits, treating and preventing medical problems and promoting healthy lifestyles for both mother and child. During check-ups, women receive thorough exams, prenatal supplements and preparation for what to anticipate concerning physiological and biological changes. We have a weighty and challenging responsibility to reduce low birth weight, malnutrition, neonatal infections, birth defects, miscarriages and other preventable health problems which impact the extremely high rate of maternal and infant death in Haiti.
Garlen, pictured here is just 18 days old. Mother, Gadrine, routinely came to Visitation Clinic for prenatal visits during her pregnancy. At one such visit, Gadrine learned that a Caesarean Section would be required for the safe delivery of her first child. Had Gadrine not visited the Clinic and chosen to give birth at home, which is still the norm in Haiti, both Garlen and Gadrine might not have survived labor and birth. Today, Gadrine is recuperating and continues scheduled Clinic visits to monitor her strong healing. Garlen is a perfectly healthy baby.
We are changing the tragic health statistics in Haiti. With your help lives are being saved. ... See MoreSee Less
International Women's Day is celebrated everyday at Visitation Clinic in Haiti. Women's healthcare is a primary focus and the reduction of the very high infant and maternal death statistics in Haiti is imperative.
Meet Ketura Jean-Francois, one of two babies born in a day and very late night for mothers, fathers, doctors and nurses at Visitation Clinic. Dr. Marie Claude Francois, our Medical Director, along with two clinical nurses delivered Ketura at 11pm and checked on both mother and baby frequently until morning.
Ketura’s mother, Silvina, and her husband, Daniel Jean-Francois live in Miragoane, but traveled to Visitation Clinic in Petite-Rivière-de-Nippes for the birth. Miragoane has a hospital, but Silvina says she comes to Visitation Clinic for the unique offering of prenatal exams, and healthcare for her family offered by more professional, “kind and gentle” doctors and nurses in a very clean and comfortable environment.
It is customary for mothers in Haiti to give birth at home. This is often unsafe and even deadly if there are complications. However, Visitation Clinic staff members are reaching out into the community to provide health education for expectant women, encouraging prenatal visits and offering the opportunity of safe deliveries by our physicians at the Clinic.
Our community outreach is working! Last year the number of babies delivered at the Clinic tripled those of just two years ago. The quality and compassionate care Ketura and Silvina received at Visitation Clinic is only made possible because of your generous support.
With your help, the lives of women and infants are being saved in Haiti. Please consider a gift and DONATE NOW! ... See MoreSee Less
To all those across the globe who know of Visitation Hospital Foundation and our Clinic in Haiti, come gather with us to thank and honor our visionary Founder, Theresa Patterson on November 4th in Nashville. Please make your reservations on line at honoringtheresapatterson.eventbrite.com or mail a check to our office...237 Old Hickory Blvd. Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37221 $50 per person for an island style dinner, beer and wine and a Silent Auction! ... See MoreSee Less