Meet Our Missionaries and Our Staff
The HHM Clinic includes a staff of Haitian employees as well as American health care missionaries. We have 3 physicians, 2 nurse practitioners and 3 nurses all providing patient care. We have 3 laboratory technicians who do testing of specimens to help our health care providers determine accurate diagnoses and care for our clients. We have 2 pharmacy technicians that fill prescriptions for patients. In addition to those providing direct patient care, we have a receptionist who checks in our patients, a filing clerk who handles patient files, a clinic administrator, an X-ray technician/statistician, cleaning staff, and security guards.
Founder & Medical Director
Jim practiced family medicine in Girard, Kansas for about 20 years before moving to Haiti in 1998 with his wife, Sandy, and two of their four children. In addition to his family practice training, Dr. Wilkins has taken advanced training in abdominal and obstetrical sonography and echocardiography. He uses his skills to diagnose soft tissue problems in the abdomen involving the kidneys, liver, intestines, uterus, ovaries, pancreas, and other organs. He sees a large number of obstetrical cases determining correct dates for delivery, twins, congenital anomalies, and potential placental problems. Although not certified in doing echocardiograms, he uses his Sonosite machine to help him diagnose heart disease, getting a general idea of what problems are occurring in patients with congestive heart failure, abnormal valvular disease, or holes between the chambers of the heart. These abilities greatly help in determining the need for treatment or admission to a hospital. Dr. Wilkins also does the vast majority of reading the X-rays. Our digital X-ray is used primarily for heart and lung imaging as well as fracture diagnosis on limbs. We see a number of patients with heart problems like congestive failure as well as lung diseases such as pneumonia, abnormal fluid in the lungs, and tuberculosis, that are diagnosed by X-ray. He also reads our electrocardiograms which help us diagnose heart electrical conduction problems that can result in irregular heart rhythms.
Founder & Administrator of the HHM Clinic
Sandy serves as administrator of the HHM clinic. She oversees all personnel issues, ordering and purchasing all supplies, and financial records. Unlike administrators in most clinics, Sandy also steps into the nursing role when needed in a crisis. She drives the truck for hospital admissions and supervises emergency ambulance services. She coordinates teams and handles the government requirements for running a clinic in Haiti. She also ends up troubleshooting what others don’t have time to handle. Although Jim and Sandy do not plan to retire anytime soon, due to their ages we are actively recruiting to replace them both. The main qualifications for the administrator are personnel management skills, spreadsheet familiarity for financials, and organizational skills. Although not necessary for the task, having some medical knowledge is helpful, but can be acquired during the orientation time.
Emily came to us from Boston in October of 2017 to work as our guesthouse supervisor. She handles purchasing of foods, organizing of meals and the cleaning schedule in the guesthouse. She also hopes to enter physician assistant school in the future and in her “off” time helps out in the clinic learning from the doctors and nurses working there. Her passion right now revolves around adopting a Haitian child, Nehemie, to whom she became attached when she was working in a malnutrition clinic the year prior. Nehemie lives with her as she works toward guardianship and then adoption.
Kaela arrived in April 2018 to work as our full-time sonographer. She joins the HHM team from Vancouver, Washington along with her dog. She is beginning to learn the language and culture as she begins working in the clinic to primarily do scheduled abdominal, pelvic, and obstetrical sonography.
Aleece joined the missionary staff in September of 2018 as a physician’s assistant after graduating from Mercer University. She has added her team spirit and excellent diagnostic capabilities to expand our health care professional numbers. We are excited to see where God will lead Aleece as she expands her capacity of procedures and her knowledge base with the experience she will gain with time.
Dr. Yvenet Mainviel was the staff physician at the HHM clinic when we arrived to begin ministry there. He had been the staff doctor for several years at the clinic working 3 days a week. He graduated from the Lumiere Medical school and is a general medical doctor. He now works alongside us full time serving his Haitian people.
Dr. Fervil has worked with Dr. Wilkins since his days at Bonne Fin. She did an apprenticeship with him in family practice at Hopital Lumiere. Clemence then came to work with us at our current location. She did a state sponsored community service year and then returned to us to minister Christ's love through medical care. She loves to share the Gospel message with and pray for her patients.
Everyone that comes to our clinic knows Henock. He is the one that finds the charts and puts them away. He fills in at the reception desk or weighing patients when needed. He helps pour syrups or count pills in the pharmacy. He takes out the trash and sweeps the floors and helps pick up trash in the yard. In other words, he is some of the oil that makes the clinic run smoothly. He helps people that have needs find an answer and does it with a smile on his face and never a harsh word.
Marlene came to us by referral from Bos Tingue. She is an RN from the local area and graduated from the Christianville schools. She is single and lives in the small village LaColline where our local market is. She is a committed Christian and has done such a great job with her nursing duties that she transitioned into our wound care and prenatal patient provider.
Lorette joined us in 2017 as an ER nurse. She graduated from a nearby nursing school and does a great job handling emergencies for us. She also does many dressing changes on our chronic wound care patients and helps doctors where needed.
We added Yvenite to our staff in the spring of 2017. She lives in our nearby area and did very well on her intake exam. She learned how to shoot X-rays, do patient statistics for Haiti, weighs and puts the patients chart with the appropriate doctor. Her smile is constant and she works well with our team.
Denise was hired in March to help Miss Ketlie in the laboratory. She had training but little experience. She is a committed Christian and has been an excellent addition to the lab. Linda Soares was here for 6 months to help train the lab girls to do a new machine which evaluates creatinines and potassiums among other things. While she was here she further trained Miss Denise in laboratory techniques and procedures. Denise is a self starter and practices and studies procedures on her own when the lab is not busy. She has been a great addition to our staff. Since joining our staff Denise has married a fine Christian man and has had a baby girl in 2015.
Miss Ketlie is a laboratory technician trained in Haiti. She has also received post graduate training by Dr. Tim Randolf, a laboratory science professor at the St. Louis University, who visits us annually to help improve the quality of work done in the lab. Her testing is essential in our diagnosis of patient disease processes.
Miss Feda is a nurse that works in our pharmacy. She had previous experience working in a pharmacy when she came to HHM. She loves to share the Good News of the Gospel to patients. She motivates the other employees in prayer at lunch time frequently. We are glad to have another capable worker in the pharmacy where we give out medications to so many who are in need.
Landie joined the team in 2016 as our receptionist. She always has a smile on her face and kind word for our patients. She does a great job keeping track of our records and finances in the front office.
Esther has been our main cleaning lady since we opened the new clinic in February of 2014. She works long hours to keep the clinic clean and sanitary and keeping the linens clean. She is an important member of the HHM team.
Better known as “Mimi” by the staff, madam Mirak has been with the clinic since 1993 (13 years prior to our arrival). She was the original cleaning lady and is in her 60’s. We were glad to find her some good help when we opened the new clinic and are glad she has a lightened load with Esther’s help. They have become good friends along the way. Her only son died in 2017 leaving her with 7 grandchildren to support. Although life is a struggle, her faith in God is inspiring. She always has a pleasant word to say and is so appreciative of God’s provision for her.
Nicolas was a neighbor of our clinic when he joined our team in 2012 working in tents following the earthquake. He is our primary translator and multitasks doing weights, triage, and breast feeding classes when not translating for a volunteer provider. He was living in a Samaritan’s Purse tarp house just down the street when we bought the new property in 2011. Eventually, HHM was able to find donors to build him a small house in the village of Reserve, near Dr. Clemence.
Farah comes to us from Gressier. She has a nursing degree and has worked in pharmacies after the earthquake. She has worked some at our clinic previously and will start full time in the pharmacy in January 2019.