The Arise Haiti Center of Healing was founded in April 2009. After being in Haiti for just a few month, missionary/co-founder of Arise Haiti, Rachael Courter, M.S., P.A.C responded to someone in need in her community with an over the counter medication for an illness. When asked if Rachael would be willing to help others in the community the next day she responded, “sure.”
The next morning the Courter family awoke with nearly a hundred people from the community of Gelèe Beach gathered in front of their apartment waiting for medical care. Only having the medications they brought for their family, and a stethoscope, Rachael and her husband James began treating patients on their front porch. The Arise Center of Healing was thus launched by faith.
From 2009 to 2016 the Arise Haiti Health Team has provided care for over 50,000 patient visits. In 2016, the decision was made by Arise Haiti to discontinue administering a medical clinic on Gelee Beach. The national staff has since launched a clinic in the community which continues to serve the community.
The Courters are still involved in medical consultation, patient and practitioner education and rural clinic consultation/development.
Arise Haiti Clinic Snapshots
- 3500 patient visits
- Began in one room
- Added first volunteers
- First mobile clinic site
- 2765 patient visits
- Earthquake relief
- HIV testing/counseling
- Services to victims of human trafficking
- Added rapid lab testing
- Paid staff established
- 4,000 patient visits
- Electronic Records
- Expanding Reach to new areas
- New Pharmacy
- Clara’s Room
- Labor and Delivery area with Ultrasound
- 5500 patient visits
- Added indigenous physician
- Provided endoscopy and advanced services
- Increased indigenous principles and emphasis on healing
- Averages 500 patient visits each week
- Fully staffed by Haitian professionals
- Laboratory services
- The medical clinic closes on Gelee Beach after serving over 50,000 patient visits
- Arise Haiti continues to serve medically in patient consultation, patient/practitioner education, and rural clinic development/consultation.