This timeline is dedicated to the ambitious, courageous, and generous leaders who helped shape HEI/SBH from its earliest days.
Their legacies will live on in our work forever.
HEI/SBH begins as an international partnership between a small parish in Quincy, MA, and a small community in southern Haiti—a partnership that will lead to the relentless pursuit of high-quality, accessible healthcare for all people living in resource-limited settings.
1983-1984: Parishioners from St. Boniface in Quincy, MA, arrive in Haiti for the first time. They travel to the remote mountain village of Fond des Blancs and commit to supporting a one-room medical clinic.
1985-1987: The clinic begins a community health program, making it easier for people in isolated hamlets to access basic care close to their homes. Volunteers from Massachusetts help with immunization campaigns.
1988-1992: The Fond des Blancs community unites to transform the medical clinic into a 20-bed hospital. The community completes construction in 1992 and dedicates St. Boniface Hospital (SBH) in August.
1990-1992: St. Boniface Haiti Foundation is incorporated as a nonprofit and applies for 501(c)(3) status, which is granted in 1992.
Patient volume rapidly increases as our reputation for delivering quality, compassionate care spreads. In this decade, we expand our services and professionalize operations to keep up with patient demand.
1993-1994: SBH becomes an official training site for medical residents in Haiti, helping to train the next generation of Haitian health professionals.
1996: The hospital is seeing more than 1,000 outpatients and admitting 35 inpatients each month, while also continuing the community health program.
2000: SBH opens its first operating room and begins conducting routine procedures for hernias and other conditions. The hospital also launches a dental clinic to serve patients who previously had no access to a dentist.
2002: SBH begins one of the first HIV/AIDS treatment and support programs in Haiti—a program that will help thousands of people living with the virus lead full, healthy lives.
In this decade, we continue to extend our reach and expand our capacity to care for more patients. We step up to provide life-changing care for survivors of the devastating 2010 earthquake.
2003-2008: Patient volume continues to grow. SBH expands its emergency room and pediatrics department. The number of Haitian staff working at the hospital grows as the hospital works to become more sustainable as well as Haitian-led.
2009: SBH opens a satellite clinic in Villa, an hour’s drive east of the hospital over unpaved roads. Villa Clinic provides quality care, including labor and delivery services, to residents of one of the most remote parts of southern Haiti.
2010: In response to the catastrophic earthquake, SBH creates the spinal cord injury rehabilitation program. This comprehensive program is the first of its kind in Haiti. It will go on to help hundreds of patients heal from spinal cord injuries and regain their independence.
This decade is marked by transformation and tragedy. We open new facilities and see more patients than ever before. At the same time, Haiti faces a series of natural disasters and public health crises. We increase our capacity to lead rapid responses and save lives across southern Haiti.
2015: SBH opens a new maternal and neonatal health center to further improve care for mothers and infants. The facility includes a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and dedicated space for emergency obstetric care.
2016: SBH opens a new, state-of-the-art, surgical center with a pre-op ward, three operating suites, and a post-op ward. All surgical staff are cross-trained to perform many different procedures and tasks, ensuring patients never have to wait for specialty providers.
2016: SBH leads the response to Hurricane Matthew, launching a mobile clinic program to deliver care directly to the most affected communities. Mobile clinics will go on to become a critical component of the organization’s future disaster response efforts.
2018: SBH completes construction on the Center for Infectious Disease and Emergency Care, which includes the region’s only 24/7 emergency room and one of the country’s only safe treatment facilities for infectious diseases. The doors of the new ER open in March.
2019: The organization changes its name to Health Equity International/St. Boniface Hospital (HEI/SBH) to better reflect its mission, vision, and values.
2020: HEI/SBH leads the COVID-19 pandemic response for southern Haiti, providing education, testing, and treatment. In 2021-2022, SBH’s community health team will go on to execute one of Haiti’s most successful COVID-19 vaccination campaigns.
2021: Immediately following the powerful August earthquake, HEI/SBH launches a comprehensive emergency response. Staff provide urgent care to survivors, dispatch mobile clinic teams, support damaged clinics across the region, and begin a permanent orthopedic surgery program.
2022-2023: Despite supply chain challenges and a humanitarian crisis in Haiti, the doors of SBH never close. Thanks to dedicated local staff, the hospital remains fully operational for every patient in need.
There is so much ahead in the decades to come. We hope you’ll join us as we continue to prove that anything is possible in Haiti!
“We never give up on our patients. We are proud of our mission, which is to serve the most vulnerable.”
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