Building a Radiology department from the ground up!
Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere with tragically limited health care resources. The 2010 earthquake resulted in complete devastation of the country’s medical infrastructure including medical imaging. In the aftermath of the earthquake, Dr. Bill Crenshaw led an effort to create a sustainable, public access radiology department in Port au Prince, Haiti at Hospital Bernard Mevs (HBM). Since 2010, this successful effort has included acquiring and securing the donations of C-arm fluoroscopy, three digital x-ray units, four ultrasound machines, 16-slice CT as well as PACS and on-site digital workstations.
In addition to providing technological support, our team directed an educational Clinton Bush Haiti Fund grant. The grant provided for creating Haiti's first radiology technologist training program, graduating over 30 Haitian students to serve the community. In addition, the team continues to provide expert medical imaging interpretation and is leading the training of Haitian radiologists in the interpretation of advanced imaging. Today, the department is not only sustainable but also provides treatment of all emergent patients without regard for ability to pay.