Mirebalais University Hospital obtains worldwide accreditation

The university hospital supported by Partners In Health (Zanmi Lasante, in Creole) in Mirebalais received official accreditation from an international monitoring group this week, attesting that the hospital’s medical training and residency programs meet the highest global standards, informs the website of the international organization which operates around the world, including Haiti, for several years in the medical field.

Co-founder of Partners In Health and chief strategist, Dr. Farmer welcomes this good news, which he says is an oasis among the bad news we are used to.

 “I have no way of expressing my gratitude and admiration to the Zanmi Lasante team. They have been tireless, ”said Dr. Paul Farmer in an article on the Partners In Health (PIH) website.

ACGME-I, the international arm of the United States Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, informed Zanmi Lasante of the institution’s accreditation this week, after a multi-year process and in-depth analysis by its committee. international exam. The university hospital joins internationally accredited facilities in only seven other countries and is the second among these facilities in the Western Hemisphere, along with the University of Panama.

 “It is a great success. Most of the time, institutions in high and middle income countries have access to accreditation, not institutions in low income countries like Haiti. This is a reflection of PIH and Zanmi Lasante’s commitment to education, ”says Dr Sterman Toussaint, director of medical education at the Zanmi Lasante university hospital, commenting on this distinction.

Dr. Toussaint then pointed out that the request for accreditation was to be submitted in September, at the height of the recent political unrest in Haiti which essentially closed the country.

“Despite all of this, we were able to meet the standards,” he said. “PIH is also committed to respecting the standards that everyone around the world respects.”

Dr. Edward Hundert, dean of medical education at Harvard Medical School and adviser to the PIH, welcomed this milestone.

“This achievement, of the highest level internationally recognized for the educational programs of the University Hospital, represents a truly wonderful validation of the years of hard work to build these programs, and of the exceptional quality of the training they represent”, a he noted. “This is exciting news not only for the hospital and the people who built it, but ultimately for all the patients who will be supported by the clinicians who train in these now accredited programs.” ACGME-I. “

Since the start of its medical training programs, Zanmi Lasante has trained 123 residents. 98% remained working in Haiti, including 58% in establishments supported by Zanmi Lasante. 116 other residents are currently registered.

“We now have tangible evidence that our programs here meet the highest educational standards – what we hope is that it will help retain the doctors we have lost in the past to other countries,” a she said. In addition, doctors from “other countries will be able to come here and do rotations in our hospital, because these rotations will meet these standards. There are mutually beneficial results from these exchanges. “

ACGME -I provides accreditation services to graduate medical programs and institutions outside the United States to improve health care in the countries it serves. In the United States, ACGME is the accreditation body for the vast majority of university hospitals.

“No credible American medical school or teaching hospital works without this,” said Dr. Farmer. “Many people did not believe that an installation in Haiti could do that.

Accreditation arrives during a moving period in Haiti, which just marked the 10th year of the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010. The university hospital was built in response to the earthquake and has since transformed health care for more than a million people across the Central Plateau in particular.

 “This is the best possible time for them to have this news (accreditation),” said Dr. Farmer.

PIH was founded in Haiti over 30 years ago and is known in Haiti as Zanmi Lasante. The team opened the Mirebalais University Hospital in 2013, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP). The 300-bed university hospital houses residency programs in internal and family medicine, pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology, nurse anesthetists and emergency medicine. 

Translated from the English by Patrick Saint-Pré as a news source

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