Thursday, January 14, 2010

Help for Haiti

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AP Photo/Medecins Sans Frontieres, Stefano Zannini

More pictures from Port au Prince

As everyone is aware, Haiti’s strongest earthquake in more than 200 years struck the island nation Tuesday, causing widespread devastation. The 7.0-magnitude quake in one of the world’s poorest countries has destroyed thousands of homes and other structures, impacting an estimated 3 million people. While there is not yet a confirmed death toll, officials estimate that more than 100,000 Haitians have lost their lives.

The Sponsors of Ascension Health, the parent organization to Carondelet Health, have a strong presence in Port au Prince, the capital city of Haiti, located near the quake’s epicenter. They are helping the people most in need at this time.

Seton Institute, the international outreach arm of Ascension Health, is coordinating system-wide relief efforts to assist. Seton Institute also is working with the Catholic Consortium for International Health Care, which is made up of members from Catholic health systems across the United States, to generate a response to the needs in Haiti as well.

This morning Ascension Health President and CEO Anthony Tersigni sent out a system-wide memo inviting all ministry associates to support the Sisters in Haiti so they may continue to meet the immediate needs of the people and provide assistance as the nation recovers from this tragedy.

Cindy, our executive assistant, sent out a follow-up memo offering to collect monetary donations in our administration office and consolidate it into one check which we will send by overnight mail, since the need is so urgent. Our associates and volunteers and even patient family members have been stopping by all day to make donations, some large, some small, all greatly appreciated and all given with compassion and continued commitment to our Mission to serve all with special attention to those persons who are poor and vulnerable.

This afternoon I was privileged to speak to Joann from our business office and her husband Michael, who works for Bushnell here in Kansas City. Joann forwarded the email from Mr. Tersigni to Michael, challenging him to collect money in his office, and together they raised $620 in about 6 hours. We thank our new friends at Bushnell. Your generosity to our Sisters and the Seton Institute is truly an example of integrity, unity and compassion.

Should you wish to donate, checks may be made payable to Seton Institute and sent to: Seton Institute, P.O. Box 140182, St. Louis, Mo.,63114, Attn: Haiti Earthquake Relief.

Seton Institute will send 100% of every donation directly to the Sisters in Haiti.

We offer the people of Haiti our prayers, our hearts and our help.

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