CRUDEM Foundation Announcing Establishment of Haiti & New Jersey Sandy Relief Fund

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Superstorm Sandy Closes the Gap between Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Milot, Haiti & New Jersey Victims

Hurricane Sandy Devastated New Jersey

Hurricane Sandy Devastated New Jersey

“Tragically, Sandy closed the gap between Haitians and Americans,” said Dr. Butler. “In an instant, many residents of New Jersey became residents of the third world."

Superstorm Sandy trolled across the Caribbean on route to her catastrophic landfall in New Jersey. Residents of Haiti and New Jersey experienced their homes, lives and dreams washed away in an instant. Ludlow based CRUDEM Foundation has established a Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to benefit both Hôpital Sacré Coeur, the largest hospital in Northern Haiti and the Holy Name Medical Center Foundation (Teaneck, NJ) to assist with medical, housing, food, and other essential needs of New Jersey hurricane victims.

New Jersey Obstetrician/Gynecologist Dr. David G. Butler is Chairman of The CRUDEM Foundation, a national, non-profit organization which built and operates Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Milot, Haiti. Dr. Butler and a team of hospital administrators from Holy Name Medical Center, including President and CEO Michael Maron, were in Haiti during Hurricane Sandy and returned home to a devastated New Jersey.

“Tragically, Sandy closed the gap between Haitians and Americans,” said Dr. Butler. “In an instant, many residents of New Jersey became residents of the third world. Though the Americans will feel the dire consequences for weeks, months and perhaps years, the Haitians live under these life-threatening conditions daily and without the aid of FEMA, insurance companies or families with resources.”

Sandy dumped more than 20 inches of rain on Haiti, killed 54 people, and caused a dangerous food shortage. The government declared an island-wide state of emergency, initially assessing losses to livestock, crops and infrastructure from Sandy at $104 million. The losses come just nine weeks after Tropical Storm Isaac pounded a nearby region, resulting in $70 million in damages and rising food prices.

In the US, Sandy claimed the lives of 113 people, permanently eroded the NJ shoreline and left millions without power and hundreds of thousands with damaged homes. Lack of power, fuel and a severe housing crisis continues in the area. Holy Name Medical Center’s ER overflows with patients unable to seek medical care from clinics and doctors’ offices still closed due to power outages and fuel shortages that keep medical staff from returning to work. Nursing homes are closing as generators fail or fuel deliveries don't materialize.

“Many of our employees were impacted by the storm,” said Holy Name Medical Center President & CEO, Michael Maron. “They lost everything.” But their commitment to serving the victims of Sandy took first place in their concern. "On Monday morning, there was no one without a bag over her or his shoulder, in anticipation of staying overnight at the hospital," said Holy Name EVP and Chief Nursing Officer Dr. Sheryl Slonim. "We had to make rounds throughout the facility to find places where staff could sleep - that's the level of commitment our employees have to their patients and to our Medical Center. I'm so impressed with their performance and thank them from the bottom of my heart."

Donations to the Haiti & NJ Sandy Relief Fund can be sent The CRUDEM Foundation, P. O. Box 804, Ludlow, MA 01056 or made on their website: http://www.crudem.org

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