Nepal in November

Nepal Hotel November 2010

Nepal Hotel

View John’s (AMC) Appalachian Mountain Club Trip to Nepal in November, 2010 and the 442 photos as he chronicled his hike through Nepal.

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Partners to build Haiti hospital — JML is one of those Partners

Partners In Health, the Boston-based global health initiative that has been the face of health care in Haiti after the devastating earthquake six months ago, is building a new teaching hospital there.

The 320-bed, seven-building hospital will rise in Mirebalais in the rural Central Plateau, a 45-minute drive from the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, the hard-hit capital. It will become a national referral center when it opens at the end of next year, seeing as many patients as are seen at the other 12 clinics in Haiti where Partners in Health currently works.

The new hospital will also train doctors, nurses, and other health professionals. Teaching hospitals were among the 60 to 70 percent of health care facilities destroyed by the earthquake.

The project is the biggest in the 23-year history of Partners In Health.

“It’s ambitious,’’ Dr. David Walton, the group’s deputy chief of mission in Haiti and a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, said by phone yesterday. “We are dealing with a tragedy that is unprecedented, so our response has to be unprecedented. This hospital is really going to be a centerpiece of our earthquake response.’’

Partners In Health had been planning to build a 108-bed hospital in Mirebalais that would bring comprehensive primary and prenatal care to more than 160,000 people in the region, treating people suffering from tuberculosis, HIV, malaria, and malnutrition. But after the earthquake, the Haitian Ministry of Health asked the organization to expand its plan, leading it to add improved diagnostic capabilities, an intensive care unit, and six operating rooms equipped for thoracic surgery.

While private hospitals in Haiti offer such facilities, they are beyond the reach of most Haitians, 80 percent of whom live on less than $2 a day, Walton said. The new hospital, which will cost Partners In Health $15 million to build, will treat all comers. Partners In Health has raised $85 million for Haiti earthquake relief.

Walton, echoing former president Bill Clinton’s words as the United Nations special envoy to Haiti, said the project will “help Haiti build back better.’’

Partners In Health is working with its Haitian sister organization, Zanmi Lasante, on clinical care. On medical education, it has formed alliances with such US medical schools as Duke and Dartmouth, Walton said, in addition to its original relationships with Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s.

Engineers On the Move

JML Engineering was listed in the SEAMass Newsletter (STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS ASSOCIATION OF MASSACHUSETTS) under the Engineers On the Move, as a SEAMass/BASE member with individual professional advancement accomplishment and recognition.

JML has Cutting-Edge Technology…

JML Engineering is a full service structural engineering firm whose business philosophy is to provide a high quality product that is economical to construct.  This is achieved by producing high quality contract documents which clearly indicate the most appropriate structure for the clients proposed use.  Many of our clients are contractors and material suppliers who use us to optimize their structure.

We have worked on many large and small projects, both for the public and private sector.  Ninety five percent of our projects are with repeat clients or by recommendations from our clients.  Most of our projects have very limited budgets and we have optimized the structures to accommodate the limited budget.  On many projects we have redesigned the structures of other limited budgetin order to reduce the construction costs.

We are registered structural engineers in twenty two states.