Doctor From Haiti Visits Mercy Hospital Washington — To Learn New Practices to Take Back Home
Dr. Wislyn Avenard, Haiti, had been trying to secure a tourist visa to make a visit to Mercy Hospital Washington for some time.
The third time was a charm and the doctor was able to secure a five-year tourist visa.
Avenard visited the Washington hospital Aug. 19-23. With the five-year visa, Avenard plans to visit more in the future.
The visit helped Avenard see how another hospital runs and learn new practices to take back with him.
Avenard grew up in Haiti in an orphanage. He didn’t go to school until he was 10. Now he runs the CHIDA Medical Center in Haiti as its medical director.
He first had aspirations of becoming a pastor, but then realized the need for medical attention was very high.
“There are two ways to help people, not only soul, but body too,” said Avenard, who was sponsored through medical school. Then, he spent two years volunteering and taking a mobile clinic around Haiti.
“I have to do this. I have to give back,” he said. “I want to give back what the orphanage gave me.”
The medical center he runs has about 1,000 patients annually with more than 200 staff employed.
Excerpt from Emmissourian