Ralph Stowe, founder and former president of the foundation, began traveling to Haiti with missionaries in 1981. After becoming close friends with a family from the Saint Rock community, he began spending extended periods of time staying with them.
Around the same time, the people of Saint Rock came together and identified health care as their most pressing need. Over the next 10 years, the Saint Rock Haiti Foundation was established and worked with the community to strategize and build a health clinic that would be centrally located and accessible. The SRHF Clinic officially opened November 18, 2002, staffed by Haitian health care professionals: including a part-time physician, dentist, and a full-time nurse. In addition to the Haitian staff, outreach trips by medical professionals from the United States augmented the care for the patient population.
In 2011, Dr. Jean Kenes Eloy accepted the position of Medical Director at the SRHF Clinic. Dr. Eloy, a native of Haiti, completed his medical training at the Escuela Latinoamerica De Medicina (ELAM) located in Cuba in 2005. He has been the primary care physician on staff at the Clinic for over three years. As Medical Director, Dr. Eloy has been working hard to develop a Community Health Program, focusing on the nutritional needs of the entire community, as well as on maternal and child health initiatives.
The current clinic space now has three rooms dedicated entirely to patient consultation and treatment, as well as a dental office, staffed pharmacy, clinical laboratory and patient triage room. As the number of registered patients surpasses 37,000 it is clear that the clinic must continue to grow as well.