Updated on 17 May 2012
Medtronic will partner with Project HOPE to rebuild a hospital in Japan's Yamada town
Singapore: Medtronic Foundation will partner with Project HOPE to rebuild the Yamada General Hospital in Japan's northern coastal town of Yamada. The hospital was destroyed in the earthquake-triggered tsunami.
Project HOPE, a global health education and humanitarian assistance organization, has been working with local officials in Yamada since last May to help organize reconstruction of its health system and reestablish health system services.
The grant from the Medtronic Foundation will re-establish the hospital to its pre-tsunami standard of providing primary and secondary health care in Yamada, including emergency services. The new hospital will accommodate staffing to previous levels and pave the way for greater stability of long-term care for residents.
"Thanks to the support of the Medtronic Foundation, the Yamada General Hospital will be able to better meet the medical needs of the community, and this is crucial as people continue to rebuild their lives," said Dr John P Howe III, president and CEO of Project HOPE.
Following the disaster in March last year, the first floor of the Yamada General Hospital was completely flooded under eight feet of sea water, disabling the hospital that served the town's 20,000 people. All vital imaging suites, including general X-Ray, CT scan and other technologies were destroyed, as well as medical records.