Holy Name Medical Center Providing Hurricane Matthew Relief
Steve Adubato sits down at NJPAC to talk with the President & CEO of Holy Name Medical Center, Michael Maron, about the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew on Haiti, and the hospital’s efforts to aid in the recovery.
"Welcome to One on One. I'm Steve Adubato. This the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. We're not talking about the arts today. But we're talking about a whole range of important issues with our friend Mike Maron, who is president and chief executive officer of Holy Name Medical Center. We're not talking about Obamacare today, Mike, we're talking about a different pressing issue. Haiti post Hurricane Matthew. By the way, make it clear the connection between your medical center and Haiti, and the long term commitment. Sure. Which we've been talking about for years. For years. Holy Name runs the hospitals, Hospital Sacre Coeur. It's in a small town, Milot, in the north of Haiti. Milot? Milot. Just outside of Cap-Haitien, which is the second largest city in Haiti. We were not affected by the hurricane, cause we're all the way in the north. If you look at Haiti as a horseshoe like this, we're all the way up here, and we were actually spared. It was kind of amazing. This southern peninsula around Jeremie, Port-au Prince would be right in the middle, this got destroyed. And got hit very very hard. I had said to you, right before we got on the air, it appears five hundred people have lost their lives and you said, "Steve, it's more than that." More than that. It's amazing how news and stuff travels. There's no real good record keeping in Haiti. I know from our staff, who have family down there, entire villages... gone. And it's hard to say, cause there's no census, there's no registered address kind of a system down there, and so typically in a village there'd be, just one village there'd be between five hundred and a thousand people, possibly more. So again, depending on the size, I would venture to guess, given what I've seen, some of the photographs after, when I've heard from people, the number is probably considerably higher. People who have lost their homes? Completely. Hundreds to thousands? Yeah. So since we've been talking about this for years, since we've been involved in helping to raise money with you and your colleagues over the years, we've done documentary programming over the years, the question now becomes what do you see your role being? Your medical center role? The role of the medical center? And ultimately the role of Americans being? Yeah. So first and foremost, our role here is healthcare. So in this circumstance, unlike the earthquake, not a lot of healthcare. The Haiti earthquake which was devastating? Devastating. And there was a ton of healthcare, cause there were people with crushed limbs, and there was just an incredible amount of surgery, and rehab, and prosthetic installation that needed to occur after the earthquake..."