Greenville Architect Wants To Get To Haiti To Put Skills To Use

One Eastern Carolina architect is trying to figure out how to get to Haiti and put his skills to use.

Greenville Architect Jimmy Hite is no stranger to Haiti.

Back in 2004 he helped design and build the country's first 4-year nursing school.

That nursing school is one of the only structures still standing in the town of Leogane, about 20-miles west of Port-au-Prince.

Because the local hospital is not usable, the nursing school has been converted into a hospital and that's where patients are being treated.

Hite says he needs to get to Haiti, survey the damage, and see what can be done to get the school back up and running as soon as possible.


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  • by Stephanie Location: Greenville on Jan 29, 2010 at 02:59 PM
    As a past student of East Carolina University School of Nursing, it is my desire to encourage all Nursing schools of North Carolina to help in the rebuilding of this nursing school and also the hospitals damaged. We are all brothers and sisters in nursing and the healthcare professions. It is also time for much prayer, as God helps us rebuild and restore Haiti. Be Healthy Ministries,Inc
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2010 at 09:54 PM
    It's always interesting to see how many people can't grasp a simple concept. Fabulous that a building is standing, great work, but it wasn't "fortunate". It was intentionally built well - kudos because it needed to be! I am all for that. How much further away medical attention would be would not be an issue however if there were another building standing with it too. Easy to understand. Go ahead and have a party with your insults if you want and ignore the obvious. Oh yeah and, "blindly care for the injured"? Please explain blindly. They're getting an education (which is great!) so I don't think that qualifies as blind. At least I should hope not.
  • by obama's kool-aid stand Location: guyana on Jan 22, 2010 at 09:52 PM
    Somebody must have paid him a chunk of change to design a earthquake resistant building in the midst of all those ramble shacks.
  • by GH Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan on Jan 22, 2010 at 11:06 AM
    I think Mr. Hite may be assisting with the repair of Hopital St. Croix, adjacent to the Nursing School, which was damaged in the earthquake. It was very fortunate that the design and construction of the School enabled it to withstand the quake, because it has been a haven for thousands of Leogane residents who were injured in the calamity. To find out more about the Nursing School in Leogane, please take a look at the Haiti Nursing Foundation's website at http://haitinursing.com, and its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/haitinursing.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2010 at 12:04 PM
    Unfortunately the comment posted on Jan. 20 is clearly ignorant and not very well thought through. How do you propose to fill a hospital with trained medical aid without education? Before you express your thoughts you should do more research, as Haiti didn't have the wherewithal to train those aspiring to become nurses before this school was built. Jimmy Hite has provided opportunities through his 15 years of dedicated service to Leogane that you apparently are not capable understanding and he certainly understands the needs there. Thank God for the Nursing School as it has already been a safe haven and resource for much needed medical assistance. Imagine how much further away medical attention would be in Leogane had the Nursing School not been there, let's not forget it is one of the only buildings still standing due to Jimmy Hite! Instead of criticizing, your praise for this facility would be of more service. I will pray for much needed enlightenment on your part.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2010 at 11:52 AM
    The Medical Benevolence Foundation is doing so much! You just have no clue. This post saddens me. it is sick that At a time such as this someone could downplay the efforts made by our local community. Maybe you should check out their website and educate yourself. maybe instead of making these inane posts, you could ask yourself "what can I do?"
  • by Linda Taylor on Jan 21, 2010 at 11:37 AM
    I would like to respond to the "Anonymous" comment that was posted. I have known and worked for Jimmy Hite for six years and he has always had a love for the country of Haiti. His first concern is for the people and their safety. His staff is every proud of his work.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2010 at 11:32 AM
    If you had tuned in last week and done a little research on this before this ignorant post you would know that there are efforts to renovate an existing hospital and plans to do much more. I suppose funding will be on you this time. If you would open your mind a little, you would understand that when talking about continuing construction, it is to house MORE patients and TRAIN these students that are forced to blindly care for the injured. Please learn to think before you speak. These are ordinary people TRYING to do extraordinary things!!!!! Give them a break!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2010 at 08:23 PM
    Sounds like he should've built a hospital to go with the nursing school while he was there before. Maybe if he does that now, that would get the school up and running? You would think he'd be less concerned with someone attending classes than the fact that there needs to be an area to TREAT people.
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