Frequently Asked Questions About Our GoFundMe

Frequently Asked Questions About Our GoFundMe is the only fund raising program exclusively dedicated to helping The Public Hospitals Authority of The Commonwealth of the Bahamas to restore healthcare facilities to those devastated by Hurricane Dorian. Right now, flood damage has rendered the only hospital on Grand Bahamas largely non-operational and two vital clinics no longer exist. As such, critical services are being delivered in field hospitals.

When the news cycle shifts elsewhere and all the international support eventually departs, PHA still faces a difficult and long road ahead as vital infrastructure is reestablished, facilities rebuilt, moldy walls repaired, damaged equipment replaced, and life-giving and life-saving services eventually returned. Donate with confidence. This fund is managed by SBP, a highly respected U.S. Non-Profit founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina (5 Star rating by Charity Navigator). Here is more helpful information:

How much is looking to be raised?

The GoFundMe (GFM) Campaign has a stretch goal of $1M and is focused on immediate restoration of services at the hospital and clinics when temporary facilities leave in about 3 months.

What are the specific allocations of the funds?

100% of all the funds will go towards restoring healthcare facilities and services.  This includes restoration/construction of the hospital and clinic facilities as well as purchase of necessary equipment.

Are donations tax deductible in the U.S.?

All donations are tax deductible given the fund manager, SBP, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Who’s managing the distribution of the funds?

SBP, as US Non-Profit founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, will manage the GoFundMe (GFM).  All proceeds will be transferred to BAF, A Bahamian Financial and Insurance Company, that has established an account to be held in trust for The Public Hospitals Authority. Check out SBP on Charity Navigator at

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Samaritan’s Purse Responding in the Bahamas After Hurricane Dorian’s Deadly Assault

Samaritan’s Purse Responding in the Bahamas After Hurricane Dorian’s Deadly Assault

Samaritan’s Purse is now operating their Emergency Field Hospital in Freeport on Grand Bahama, treating patients for a variety of injuries, illnesses, and other medical issues.

In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, they airlifted the mobile facility along with a large medical team at the request of the World Health Organization and the Bahamas government.

The 40-bed hospital can receive up to 100 patients daily and features an operating room with capacity for 10 surgeries per day, as well as an obstetrics ward with delivery room.

Samaritan’s Purse has also flown over many tons of emergency relief items, including heavy-duty shelter plastic and water filters.

MedPage Today: Bahamas Hospitals Struggle With Dorian’s Impact

A video shows patients, many in wheelchairs, being evacuated from the flooded Rand Memorial Hospital on Grand Bahama in the middle of Hurricane Dorian on Monday afternoon.

Water levels in the hospital rose to about a foot on Monday afternoon, “necessitating evacuation of patients and staff in the middle of the hurricane,” Conville Brown, MD, PhD, head of several medical complexes throughout the Bahamas, told MedPage Today via e-mail.

The only other hospital center on Grand Bahama is the “much smaller private hospital in the Sunrise Medical Centre Hospital Complex,” which remained dry the entire time. Access to the facility was a challenge for some time during the storm due to high water levels in the surrounding streets, said Brown, who is president and CEO of SMCHC.

SMCHC will help provide tertiary services until Rand Memorial can be brought back online, as it has “two operating rooms available for needed surgeries on island and in-patient care,” he said.

The facility was also used as a shelter on Monday evening for some 20 people evacuated from their flooded homes.

Brown noted that the “full extent of devastation to our infrastructure, inclusive of healthcare facilities, is absolutely not yet known as the hurricane only started to leave Grand Bahama Tuesday morning.” The island’s airport was still underwater as of Tuesday evening, complicating access to the area.

Read the entire story at Medpage Today.