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Columbus Communications

Columbus Communications

June 29, 2012 17:23 ET

Columbus Communications Partners With Broken Earth to Help Fund and Advance Medical Facilities in Earthquake Devastated Haiti

FREEPORT, THE BAHAMAS--(Marketwire - Jun 29, 2012) - Columbus Communications Inc., a retail and wholesale telecommunications company, has partnered with Broken Earth, an assembly of health care practitioners from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, who responded with medical aid in the aftermath of Haiti's earthquakes, with a five-year commitment to continue their work of creating proper medical facilities and also helping to train Haitian doctors to better deliver healthcare in their home country.

Brendan Paddick, chairman and CEO of Columbus Communications, said, "I have personally met with Broken Earth's senior leaders and have found them all to be of the utmost character. Their caring and giving spirit is infectious. This is a cause I've grown to believe in greatly, and Columbus is dedicating funds and services over an initial five-year period to ensure the programs and facilities established by Team Broken Earth are sustainable. Columbus will provide funding and support, among other things, to assist in the construction and equipping of a fully operational operating room in Haiti, In addition, funds will be directed towards the establishment of Chairs in Medicine at Memorial University's Faculty of Medicine to assist Haitian health care professionals to improve their skills so that they can transfer their new knowledge to the colleagues at home."

Team Broken Earth's mission is to provide ongoing direct medical care to those Haitians in need, to train Haitian doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to better provide care to their patients, to collect and supply needed medical supplies and equipment, and to establish and fund sustainable health care programs in rural areas of Haiti.

"We are excited to have Columbus Communications partner with Broken Earth in Haiti. We believe it is a strong step forward in the effort to create sustainable healthcare for the Haitian people. The devastation in Haiti has touched all our hearts and Team Broken Earth is proud to provide much needed medical relief while working to build a brighter future," said Dr. Andrew Furey one of Broken Earth's founders.

Broken Earth's task force has frequently traveled to Haiti since the disaster and has administered the much-needed health care to some 500+ patients a week. This task force includes doctors specializing in over 9 medical disciplines as well as a team of registered nurses who specialize in such areas as pediatrics, critical, acute and neonatal care.

Broken Earth also partnered with Project MediShare of the University of Miami's medical school, and is endeavoring to build a hospital in Haiti that will almost exclusively be managed and staffed by volunteer international health care professionals. With Columbus Communication's assistance the project will work on utilizing its newly commissioned Haiti to Florida subsea cable network to provide tele-medicine services, such as remote diagnostics, x-rays and CT scans.

About Columbus Communications:
Columbus Communications Inc. is a privately held diversified telecommunications company based in Barbados. The Company operates in Trinidad, Jamaica, Grenada and Curacao and provides digital cable television, broadband Internet, digital landline telephony under the brand name, FLOW and corporate data services under the brand Columbus Business Solutions. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Columbus Networks, the Company provides capacity and IP services, corporate data solutions and data center hosting throughout 23 countries in the greater Caribbean, Central American and Andean region. Through its fully protected, ringed submarine fiber optic network spanning close to 18,000 km and its 21,000 km terrestrial fibre and coaxial network, Columbus' 1,900 plus employees provide advanced telecom services to a diverse residential and corporate client base of close to 500,000 customers.

About Broken Earth:

Broken Earth is a team of physicians, nurses and physiotherapists from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada who have joined together to support relief efforts in Haiti. In January, 2010 a 7Mw earthquake, with more than 50 aftershocks, left Haiti in dire need of outside, volunteer medical assistance. Medical professionals from Newfoundland stepped in to help provide their expertise and help in the aftermath of one of the most devastating natural disasters in recent history. The team has become a tremendous force in Haiti, capable of caring for more than 500 patients per week. 

Broken Earth provides direct, ongoing medical care to the people of Haiti with six medical relief efforts completed over the past two years. In addition to direct medical care, the organization works to train Haitian doctors, nurses and allied healthcare workers and collect and supply medication and medical supplies to this disaster-stricken area. The Broken Earth team is working to establish and fund sustainable programs throughout rural Haiti.