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| MAKING A DIFFERENCE | CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR


(L to R): David Cannistraro (executive vice president); John Cannistraro, Jr. (president); John Cannistraro, Sr. (founder); Joseph Cannistraro (CFO); and Michael Cannistraro, P.E., LEED AP (vice president, service & engineering).


BY JOHN MESENBRINK, CHIEF EDITOR


J.C. Cannistraro’s efforts to help rebuild Haiti notches Phc News’ 2011 Contractor of the Year


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o you remember where you were on January 12, 2010? Chances are that day doesn’t


hold any meaning for you. Yet for a country the size Massachusetts, the people of Haiti were shaken forever, literally. According to reports, nearly three million people were affected by a catastrophic earthquake, and when the dust settled, 316,000 had perished and 1,000,000 were suddenly homeless. In Haiti, however, hope comes in the


form of Partners in Health (PIH), a non-governmental organization that strives to provide quality healthcare to impoverished communities across the


and toy drives to provide employees with an outlet to give back to the less fortunate. One of the company’s strong community relationships is with the Ansara Family Fund at the Boston Foundation, which is dedicated to helping to eradicate poverty. When a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, and the country’s only teaching hospital was destroyed, the Ansara Family and Partners In Health were quick to react by helping to rebuild the


When the country’s only teaching hospital was destroyed in the quake, and with 30% of its medical staff killed, plans for the new hospital were augmented...the new Mirebalais Hospital is expected to serve approximately 450 to 550 patients per day, providing what is essentially free care.


world. Established in 1983 by Dr. Paul Farmer, Partners in Health has achieved advancements in healthcare in as many as 12 different companies, and currently operates 12 small hospitals/clinics in Haiti alone. In a country where malnutrition, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS are the leading causes of death, physicians of PIH are trying to bridge the gap between health in Haiti and health in the western world. Enter the partnership with Phc News


Contractor of the Year, J.C. Cannistraro (JCC). You see, Cannistraro has a long history of community involvement; the employee-organized fundraising group,


“Team Cannistraro,” plans charity races and walks and organizes annual food


healthcare infra - structure in Haiti. With years of knowledge and resources surrounding healthcare construction, JCC president John Cannistraro, Jr. offered to lend a hand with the engineering, prefabrication and installation of the plumbing and mechanical infrastructure for the new Mirebalais Hospital. In September 2010, John Cannistraro,


Jr., visited Haiti as a guest of Partners in Health to observe the cornerstone ceremony for the hospital in Mirebalais,


just outside the capital city of Port Au Prince. When the country’s only teaching hospital was destroyed in the quake, and with 30% of its medical staff killed, plans for the new hospital were augmented. The Mirebalais Hospital will take approximately 18 months complete and has expected building costs of $15 million. When finished, the new Mirebalais


Hospital is expected to serve approximately 450-550 patients per day, providing what is essentially free care — a fraction of the costs in the developed world. The job site is located on a 60-acre parcel of land approximately two hours (by car) away from the capital of Port-Au-Prince. Although construction costs are expected to reach $15M, through the generous donations of project supporters, more than half of these costs have already been committed to the project. The hospital will provide healthcare services that include endoscopy, orthopedics and cardiology — all processes that are currently unavailable to Haitian citizens. Back in the states, Cannistraro is


running like a well-oiled machine. Despite the slow new construction market, Cannistraro remained strong in 2011. In fact, Cannistraro was named the Top Mechanical Contractor in the Greater Boston


Area for 2011 by the Boston Business Journal. The Cannistraro Service Group, for example, is one component of that firm that has seen substantial growth over the past two years despite the negative economic climate. Cannistraro’s clients rely on the


company just as much as it rely on its clients, and it is proud to work closely with many of the same clients with


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Local workmen and volunteers move a rooftop HVAC unit into place on a hospital project in Haiti, part of a project in partnership with Partners in Health, a non-governmental organization that provides health care to impoverished communities nationwide.


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