Higgins Brothers Surgicenter for Hope LLC

Mission Hills, KS   |  https://higginsbrotherssurgicenter.org

Mission

The mission of the Higgins Brothers Surgicenter for Hope is to address the critical shortage of surgical facilities and trained surgeons in Haiti through the volunteer efforts of surgeons and others, and by raising financial resources to develop a long-term solution.

Ruling year info

2019

Founder

Dr. Edward Higgins

Main address

6720 Overhill Rd

Mission Hills, KS 66208 USA

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EIN

82-0991622

NTEE code info

Hospital (General) (E22)

Hospitals and Primary Medical Care Facilities (E20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

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Higgins Brothers Surgicenter for Hope

Since 2019, Higgins Brothers Surgicenter for Hope, a Kansas City-based organization, has been addressing the critical shortage of surgical facilities and trained surgeons in Haiti through volunteer efforts and generating financial and in-kind resources to develop a long-term solution. Over 200 volunteers, including Kansas City doctors and nurses, and an engaged board of directors, provide strategic support, resources, and expertise to the Surgicenter located in the rural village of Fonds Parisien, Haiti.

The Surgicenter is the only 24/7 surgical facility in the entire region of Haiti. It handles all the trauma, emergency surgeries, and surgical deliveries for a wide area of Haiti. Patients also travel from all over the country for elective surgical services. These include general and vascular surgery, urological, obstetrics and gynecological, and dental procedures. Seven hundred operations are performed annually by the Haitian surgical staff.

In 2020, Surgicenter for Hope assumed management of the former Christ for All Hospital which is adjacent to the surgicenter. Recent remodeling and expansion of the facility have made way for clinical areas for medical, pediatric, surgical, urological, maternity, HIV, and dental services. We have a pharmacy staff and inpatient facility for both medicine and pediatric patients. The surgicenter is staffed by Haitian medical professionals comprised of 20 physicians, 37 nurses, and 66 staff.

Higgins Brothers Surgicenter for Hope exists to improve health outcomes for the people of Haiti who face unimaginable poverty and are at the greatest risk for illness, disease, and early death. With financial, in-kind, technical, and volunteer support from Kansas City, we: (1) increase access to quality care in the areas of pediatrics, OB/GYN, surgery, emergency care, and HIV/AIDS and (2) increase capacity to serve the Haitian people through training of future physicians, including specialty areas unavailable in Haiti.

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Social and economic status
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Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Higgins Brothers Surgicenter for Hope serve people living in extreme poverty. Because poor health is rooted in poverty, the Surgicenter is a beacon of hope for the people of Haiti, the poorest country in the Western world where people live on less that $1.25 a day. Life expectancy here is 63 years of age compared to the U.S. rate of 78.6 years, and one in 15 children dies before the age of five. Major health issues, including HIV, malaria, ad Zika, are associated with Haiti’s poor health conditions and an inadequate health system with an extreme shortage of physicians. In 2019, we delivered quality health care to 12,000 unduplicated patients through 14,230 encounters, averaging approximately 1,200 visits each month. Of the patients we served, 3,522 were children under the age of 14.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Higgins Brothers Surgicenter for Hope continues to develop and implement new surgical programs to meet the unique needs of patients. Many health conditions such as enlarged goiters or filarial hydrocele are common in poor, underdeveloped regions such as Haiti. We continue to train Haitian surgeons and medical staff to care for these conditions. One example of our response to patient needs is our recent implementation of a dialysis program to serve patients with end stage renal disease. This includes training surgeons on fistula procedures to connect an artery to a vein in preparation for dialysis. Additionally, our scope of work extends to the environment that impacts patient health. For example, our volunteers are working to build a new water tower to replace an existing cistern.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The overwhelming majority of our patients arrive out of desperation, having been told they much pay for their care up front, including providing the surgical supplies. Here, they can pay what they can afford and will not be turned away. In a country of such extreme poverty, political unrest and instability, the Surgicenter is a place where their voices are heard: access to life-saving health care empowers them by restoring their health, their dignity, and their pursuit of a productive life.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, Our patients come from distant villages without technology or means to communicate.,

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Higgins Brothers Surgicenter for Hope LLC

Board of directors
as of 12/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Edward Higgins

Retired Surgeon, Research Medical Center, Kansas City, MO

James Stowers, III

The Glade, an Oxford Development

Kenneth Hageman

Community Volunteer

Jan Creidenberg

Invisian Medical, LLC

Barbara Brown

Community Volunteer

Eddie Higgins

Google

Gregg Gimlin

CDO Management

Gary Anderson

University of Kansas Health System

Stephen Collins

Kansas City, MO Water Services Department

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/01/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/25/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.