The end of the 80’s brought sweeping change across the face of Eastern Europe. As dictatorships crumbled and borders open, the nation of Romania emerged out of one of the most passionate and blood stained Revolutions of the decade to a new and potentially bright future as a free Nation. The bane of Romanian Communism had a firm hold for over four decades, and was considered particularly cruel and extreme even when compared to other communist dictatorships. The scars left upon Romania were imprinted on every life and in every sector of society. While communism’s effects are pervasive, they are rarely found more striking and shocking than in Romania's medical system.
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Square miles of land, same size as Minnesota.
People in the country, with 54% living in cities.
A Crisis in Women's Healthcare
Romania is plagued by the remnants of a dilapidated medical system inherited from over 4 decades of rule by one of the most oppressive communist regimes in history. Within the healthcare system, no area has been ignored as much as women's healthcare.
Two striking issues stand out: an abortion epidemic and a lack of dignified gynecological care.
Maternity care in Romania is marked by a lack of privacy, outdated equipment, poor patient education and advocacy, black-market payments and bribes, misguided cultural assumptions, and a general lack of dignity and value for human life... be it the mother’s or the baby’s.
During labor and postpartum care, women in government
hospitals must out-bribe other moms for food, medical attention,
fresh linens, and even medication.
Percent of pregnancies in Romania that end in abortion. The exact number is masked due to the frequent practice of the under-reporting by non-government clinics.
The most recent World Health Organization study reveals a significant driving force behind abortions in Romania - income generation for gynecologists.
The number of abortions the average woman in Romania will have during her lifetime.
In general, women are left without advocates and support in the hospital. They are bunched 3-4 women per delivery room. Husbands and other who could provide support are usually kept outside.
LIFE Medical Center
LIFE Medical Center
Like Nothing Else
LIFE Medical Center will provide no abortive Services, no bribes will be allowed, and fathers and family will be prepared and encouraged to participate in the process.
Every person who passes through the doors of LIFE Medical Center will be shown the love and care of Jesus Christ - since He is the motivation for all we do.
The way women are treated and new life valued will be like no other experience in Romania. The birth of every baby will be a joyful celebration.
Once completed, LIFE Medical Center will be financially self-sustaining, providing necessary resources to continue the critical work in Romania.
Phase 1: COMPLETED
Planning and Research
Creating a sustainable business plan, conducting market research, and following up with a feasibility study conducted by an independent third party.
Phase 2: COMPLETED
Select & Buy Land
Acquire land in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Turn to the final design of the hospital facility and continue to build our team of specialized project consultants.
Build and open LIFE Medical Center
Build Life Medical Center. Recruitment and training of clinical staff followed by the grand opening of a women's birthing and health center like no other in the nation of Romania.
Located just 10 minutes outside the city center, the new hospital will be in a growing and expansive suburb with plenty of public transporation access.
Construction of the first non-abortive maternity hospital in Romania, inclusive of full surgical suites, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Labor-Delivery-Recovery rooms (where dad has an opportunity to be part of the birthing process) all in a mom-centered care setting.
Fully equiping all medical and administrative departments, including LDR rooms, surgical suites, and a NICU.
Initial Operating Expenses
This portion of the budget includes initial operating capital as well as built-in assumptions for inflation and contingency costs as the hospital ramps up to full capacity and self-sustainability over the first 3 years.
Healthbridge Global is ProVita’s official US partner on the LIFE Medical Center project. Our role is to build awareness and raise support for the project by championing the work in Romania with like-minded partners in the U.S.
LIFE Medical Center is a project of the Clinica ProVita Foundation of Romania. The vision is to expand ProVita’s care, reach, and impact, specifically to meet the deep needs in the area of maternity care in Romania.
No, because the ministry (ProVita) is already self-sustaining with regards to their on-going needs. LIFE Medical Center (the expansion project) has been designed from day one to be self-supporting. Healthbridge Global is a capacity building partner to help them take this significant step forward.