In 2005, Rick and Jackie Elgersma travelled to the Dominican Republic with a work team from their church (the Dunnville URC) to begin construction on the Luke Society Hospital. In 2012, Word & Deed began partnering with this grassroots committee and the Sociedad Lucas to see the construction to its completion. Today, Word & Deed continues to support the hospital by provided for a portion of their operating costs. This hospital began with the vision of Dr. Silvia Martinez (Director of the Sociedad Lucas) to build a hospital for a community of people who couldn’t afford medical services and the staples of life, and to share the gospel of Christ with those who enter these hospital doors.

 The construction of this hospital was completed in 2015 and operations began on March 6, 2015. It is two floors and includes a pharmacy, lab centre, emergency services, semi-private rooms and rooms for ultrasounds, examinations, dentistry, operations, and labour and delivery. Eventually, both inpatients and outpatients will have access to various specialty surgery services, but these first years of operation the hospital is providing medical consultations, a pharmacy, and daytime emergency services. In the coming years, additional services will be added.

 The purpose of the hospital is to provide holistic care which focuses on spiritual, physical, and emotional needs. It serves an area of over 100,000 people in five communities. There are several social classes that can be served in this area, so our partners see a wonderful opportunity to become self-sufficient in time. A three-year operating plan was in place from 2015-2017, during which time the hospital received $80,000 USD each year from Word & Deed. In 2017, this plan was extended for two more years, as the hospital is still striving to get patient numbers up by slowly adding additional services.

 

 

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