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Meet the early pioneers of CMB

Since its inception in the late 1930s, CMB has been run by men and women of faith. The first pioneer was Alec Mersdorf, a non-medical missionary who saw a need to treat the cuts and maladies of her neighbors in La Pointe. From her examples of faith in action Centre Médical Béraca began.

Caroline Bradshaw, one of CMB's pioneer nurses, came to La Pointe in 1943 to augment the medical work of Mersdorf. Bradshaw, or "Miss Caro" as many called her, began the first dispensary under a palm thatched arbor on the mission property.

The first clinic at CMB
The first patient was seen by Caroline Bradshaw in the arbor clinic in 1943

Other nurses and medical missionaries joined Bradshaw as the work increased, including Loretta Eberly, who ran the small hospital (later torn down to provide the space for CMB's new maternity ward) and began an informal nurses' training program. Other nurses included Neoma Snider, who supervised the pharmacy, and Clara Hess who ran the laboratory.

Loretta Eberly, 93 years old, ran the small hospital at CMB from 1953-1983.

Dr. Orius Paultre was the first physician to join the staff at CMB in 1948 after completing his medical studies in Port-au-Prince. Dr. Paultre became the Medical Director of CMB, but also pursued his love of preaching the Word of God. During his time in La Pointe and at CMB, Dr. Paultre also served as Senior Pastor of the L’Eglise Béraca and Director of the Béraca Christian High School. He would have been 100 years old on June 2, 2018 if he was still living. 

Dr. Paultre received the “Yokefellow Award” in 1984 for the recognition of his commitment to Christ and to the service of the Haitian people.

A look back in pictures...

CMB's Dr. & Mrs. Orius Paultre
Dr. & Mrs. Orius Paultre

CMB patient ward
By the mid 1950s, patients were housed in wards that are still in use today

Caroline Bradshaw and House of Hope children in 1958
Caroline Bradshaw and House of Hope children in 1958

CMB clinic in 1943
The clinic moved from the arbor to this mud building in late 1943

Nursing school classroom
A nursing school classroom

1987 CMB Board of Directors
1987 CMB Board of Directors


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