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As part of a collaborative effort between the Clemson Architecture + Health design team and the Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries (CEDC), the charge of redesigning a safe and more efficient operating room for the Zanmi Lasante Hospital in Cange, Haiti was taken on in hopes of determining a better operational plan for the facility. The local hospital was established in 1985 by the Partners in Health healthcare system. It has served as the primary hospital for the Central Plateau in Haiti for over 25 years. In 2013 Partners in Health opened a large state-of-the-art teaching hospital, Hopital Universitaire de Mirebalais (HUM) in the neighboring town of Mirebalais located 30 minutes from Cange. As a result, many medical services and resources were moved out of Cange and the increased number of patients traveling to HUM for care has resulted in overcrowding. To minimize this burden, the Zanmi Lasante Hospital hopes to renovate its existing operating rooms that are currently non-operational and below a first world standard of care. The Architecture + Health design team worked to develop solutions that support safe, quality care and increases the condition of the operating room near a first world standard. The team had the opportunity to travel to the hospital in Cange and meet with the local doctor, clinical staff, and infrastructure managers. From a series of charrettes and an on-site analysis, the team developed design goals to initiate interventions as a design response. These were developed to map an understanding of aims and decisions to improve care within the hospital. The final recommendations include a phased approach that illustrate the scope of work necessary to accomplish each of the three options. The work conducted from the Fall 2018 semester has the potential to lead to a viable surgical suite solution for the Zanmi Lasante Hospital as well as greatly increase the quality of life for locals living in the Central Plateau through the design of a safe surgical facility.