At the heart of the RIT Hope for Honduras initiative is the collaboration with in-country partner, Hospital Escuela, Honduras’ largest public hospital and the not-for-profit organization, Little Angels of Honduras.
The overarching objective is to establish a viable, equitable model of accessible, quality medical care to reduce infant mortality and improve the experience of patients, families and caregivers through innovative design and engineering solutions.
Faculty Led Study Abroad
In October 2017, a select team of students traveled to Honduras for five days on an International Research Expedition with RIT Assistant Professor Golden to inform the process of design for the neonatal transport unit, emergency incubator and Skin-to-Skin care device.
Hospital Escuela Renovation and Expansion
A team of architects and RIT interior designers collaborated on the design for a combined 12,500 square foot addition and renovation for Hospital Escuela's NICU. This will more than double the hospital’s capacity, and for the first time, implement a skin to skin incubation education program with infectious disease protocol.
Neonatal Intra-Hospital Transport Unit Angel’s Arc
To address the need for safe transportation of critically ill newborns from local and rural hospitals to Hospital Escuela a multidisciplinary team of senior capstone students designed and created a full scale prototype for an intra-hospital transport ambulance staged on a Toyota Landcruiser 78 chassis.