Hurricane Dorian devastated the islands of Grand Bahama, Abaco and their surrounding Cays, taking lives, destroying homes and business, devastating infrastructure and displacing residents.
The storm has severely disrupted the delivery of healthcare to the more than 70,000 residents of the Northern Bahamas. The local healthcare system, Grand Bahama Health Services, is comprised of an acute care hospital (i.e. Rand Memorial Hospital) located in the city of Freeport and ten (10) community clinics – eight (8) on Grand Bahama and satellite clinics on neighboring Grand Cay and Sweetings Cay respectively, all of which were devastated by Hurricane Dorian.
The Rand Memorial Hospital and its clinics are managed by the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA), a public corporation with responsibility for the management of the three (3) public hospitals in The Bahamas and their associated agencies.
The Public Hospitals Authority has partnered with national and international entities that are helping to meet the immediate needs of the citizens impacted by Hurricane Dorian in Grand Bahama and Abaco. Notable partners at the forefront of the restoration effort include Samaritan’s Purse, Direct Relief, Advent Health and Lift Nonprofit Logistics.
Our international aid partner, Samaritan’s Purse, has set up a field hospital adjacent to the Rand Hospital and is providing a full spectrum of in-hospital services to residents. This has allowed for the provision of critical healthcare services while the Rand is largely unusable, as the building sustained 3-4 feet of interior flooding during the Hurricane.
Immediately following the storm, the primary objective was to assess the level of damage (structural, utilities, HVAC) to heath facilities and infrastructure and to provide basic services.
With immediate remediation of flood damage completed a few clinical and administrative areas of the Rand Memorial Hospital are now operational. The hospital will require continuing restoration efforts as all hospital systems, infrastructure and major hospital equipment has been impacted by the flooding associated with Hurricane Dorian.
Three of the Grand Bahama primary care clinics have reopened, and pharmacy services have resumed.
Tragically for the residents of these Grand Bahama communities, Pelican Point and High Rock clinics were completely destroyed; and McCleans Town Clinic sustained significant roof damage requiring weeks of repairs.
Short-Medium Term Objectives
SBP, a US non-profit established in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, has set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds specifically targeted to restoring the Rand Memorial Hospital so that services can resume once the field hospital leaves in just three (3) or four (4) months.
Within the next 4 months, the following must occur to resume delivery of safe, quality services to Grand Bahamians:
- Assessment of all sites
- Mold remediation
- Hospital grade cleaning and sanitation
- Removal of drywall and repair of all damages
- Medical and environmental re-certification
- Replacement of damaged equipment
- Operationalization all GBHS facilities
Long Term Objectives
While the Authority is seeking to fully restore all services at the Rand Memorial Hospital, initial assessments indicate that it will be necessary to invest in the construction of a new, replacement facility.
A Functional Programme and Master Plan for a new facility and primary health care centre were developed in 2017 and may be used to inform and advance future construction plans for a new hospital.
How can you help?
Given the overwhelming international response to Hurricane Dorian Relief, many of the immediate needs are being met. As such, our biggest need undoubtedly is reconstruction, repair, and refurnishing of our facilities. We need to fund the cost of restoration of the Rand and the construction of a new facility.
Donate via SPB (U.S. Tax deductible):
Donations can be made via our GoFundMe campaign or by wire transfer. Donations made via the GoFundMe are 100% tax deductible in the US, thanks to our partnership with SBP.
The Authority would appreciate partners providing remittance advices for accountability.
Donate Directly to PHA (Not U.S. Tax Deductible):
USD Currency Only
Attn: The Public Hospitals Authority
JP Morgan Chase Bank
New York, NY
Attn: The Public Hospitals Authority
F/O Scotiabank Bahamas Ltd.
For Account of: BAF Financial & Insurance (Bahamas) Ltd.
Account Number: 70045-4000334
Checks can be made payable to The Public Hospitals Authority using the above account.
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