Higgins Brothers Surgicenter for Hope
Dr. Ted Higgins' Story
Dr. Ted Higgins has had a heart for Haiti since 1981. During his fourth year of general surgery residency at Yale, he and his wife, Kim, spent a three-month rotation at Hospital Albert Schweitzer in DesChapelles, Haiti. They were touched by the Haitian people, their culture, and their needs. They were inspired by Dr. Larimer and Gwen Mellon who devoted their lives to transformative work in healthcare, local economies, and access to water.
Through their church in Kansas City, Ted began annual trips to the Dominican Republic where teams provided healthcare to sugar cane cutters and their families in the bateys. Seeing surgical needs of all kinds, Ted began operating in a borrowed clinic in 1992, when the Good Samaritan Hospital was a dream under construction. It’s now a busy hospital with Dominican surgeons on staff; Ted’s recent trips have been to train them in vascular and general surgical techniques.
In 2010, Ted and Kim were introduced to Haitian Christian Mission. During his annual week-long trips to Fonds-Parisien, Ted operates on about 60 patients. He appreciates the excellent accommodations and support of HCM and sees the immediate need for more surgical capacity. The Higgins Brothers Surgicenter for Hope will provide just that.
Higgins Brothers Surgicenter for Hope
The Surgicenter is now complete and welcoming patients! A beautiful inauguration ceremony was held December 10, 2016. Partners from all over traveled to Fonds-Parisien to celebrate with us the completion of this wonderful gift. We are so grateful for the generosity, love, and prayers that made this new addition to our mission possible. We can’t thank Dr. Ted Higgins enough for his incredible generosity and desire to train up Haitian surgeons in this incredible facility.
Following church on Sunday, Dr. Higgins and his team saw patients and performed surgeries in the new surgicenter. On Monday, Minister of Health, Dr. Daphne Benoit-Delsoin came to visit the HCM campus at Fonds-Parisien to celebrate the inauguration. We were so grateful for Dr. Benoit-Delsoin and many others that were able to commemorate the day with us!
Surgical space in Haiti is in high demand. Teams from Heart to Heart International as well as independent surgeons are ready to come to HCM. They are eager to use the surgical facility so conveniently located, about an hour east of Port-au-Prince on the main road to the Dominican Republic.
Ted chose to name the surgical center in honor of his father Edward and uncle Paul. Both surgeon brothers were inspired by their father and grandfather to carry on a solid medical practice in Cortland, New York. Dr. Edward trained in ENT at Syracuse Upstate Medical Center under Dr. Gordon Hoople and Dr. Paul trained in General Surgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Center under Dr. Alfred Blaylock. They served in World War II as physicians – Edward in Europe and Paul in the Pacific – and embraced the international work of medicine. They chose to bring their skills back home to the community where they grew up. In their shared 38-year practice, they were role models to medical students, physicians, and the wider community for their exemplary patient care and civic involvement.
For more information, visit their website at http://higginsbrotherssurgicenter.org.
HCM is so grateful to Dr. Ted and Kim Higgins for their partnership and their generosity which has made this dream a reality. The new Higgins Brothers Surgicenter for Hope will enable our medical staff and visiting surgeons to save even more lives and will open new doors for sharing the love and good news of Christ. Thank you, Dr. Ted and Kim Higgins, for continuing to partner with and invest in this medical ministry.
We want to say a special thanks to Hospital Corporation of America for their more than generous donation of medical equipment including hospital beds, operating tables, and surgical equipment.
We would also like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their contributions toward building costs, medical equipment, and shipping costs:
Premier Surgical Center and Foundation
Greater Kansas City Foundation
Greater Foundation of Southeast Kansas
Dr. Brad and Susan Coy
Dr. Christopher and Lynda Banwart
Dr. Brian Ipsen
Dr. Derek Miller
Dr. David Baker
Dr. Cheryl Fogarty