Medtronic Foundation and Project Health Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE) have partnered to reconstruct the Yamada General Hospital in north-eastern Japan destroyed by the earthquake-triggered tsunami in March 2011.
The Medtronic Foundation will provide a grant to allow Project HOPE to re-establish health services at the hospital and create stability for long-term medical care.
Project HOPE president and CEO John P. Howe III said, "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."
The project will focus on rebuilding the hospital structure to include electrical, mechanical and utilities to restore emergency, outpatient and hospital services.
Project HOPE will reintegrate purchased or donated technology and imaging systems into the new construction spaces, coordinate construction activities with town government and health authorities and stop the migration of health staff.
Medtronic Foundation and Community Affairs vice president Jacob A. Gayle said with Yamada General Hospital functioning again, and offering health services that are critical to the well-being of the community, residents can take another step toward a return to their normal lives.
"We also hope that by strengthening a pillar of Yamada’s healthcare infrastructure, we are helping create a path to long-term healthcare access and excellence," Gayle added.
Following the disaster, the first floor of the Yamada General Hospital was submerged under eight feet of sea water and all crucial imaging suites and technologies were destroyed.
At present, the hospital is being used as a part-time outpatient clinic, where emergency patients can only receive triaging and stabilisation before they are sent to Miyako City Hospital.
Image: An aerial view of damage in the Sendai region of Japan following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Photo: US Navy