Center for Healing

x_uganda4Agroup of Rancho Bernardo and San Diego locals has been making a big impact for children near Mbarara, Uganda. In 2007, a team formed under the leadership of San Diego resident Tom Thomas and Poway resident Lane Freestone with the goal of building the first dedicated children’s hospital in Uganda. Two years later, Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital opened its doors. “Since then, nearly 25,000 children ages 12 and under have been admitted to the 60-bed hospital,” explained Lee Haney, Director and CFO on the hospital’s board of directors as well as a resident of 92128. “More than 120,000 additional children have received medical care at the outpatient clinic.”

x_uganda2The board of directors is composed entirely of volunteers, and most of the other people involved are volunteers as well. This means that over 97 percent of donations are spent directly on hospital programs – the remainder goes towards fundraising expenses and tax return preparation. The board currently consists of Co-Founder Lane Freestone, MBA; CFO Lee Haney; Anita J. Hunter, Ph.D., RN; Bonaventure Turyomumazima, Ph.D.; Dennis Mikulanis, S.T.D.; Scott Schafer, Esq.; Florence Kyomugisha, Ph.D.; Michael Lynch; and Michael L. Levy, M.D., Ph.D., FACS.


The hospital continues to grow. A 9,000-square-foot surgical center is currently under construction. When complete, the center will include two surgical suites, an x-ray room, a laboratory, and other facilities. It will be equipped to complete up to 200 pediatric surgeries a month. The team broke ground in October 2015, and the surgical center is scheduled to be completed within the year.

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