Founder Odette Constant was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she attended school from kindergarten until the 10th grade. Although she relocated to Brooklyn, New York, like most Haitians, she maintained a passion for her homeland of Haiti, including the culture, the music, the art, and the wonderful food. Her personal connection was undeniable, and her desire to help people lent a hand in molding her career.
Odette’s journey in healthcare began with her pursuit of excellence. She earned her stripes as a Registered Nurse, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Education from Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. Furthering her commitment to advancing healthcare, she pursued graduate studies at C.W. Post on Long Island.
With an impressive career spanning over 30 years, Odette has demonstrated her leadership prowess in various healthcare institutions. Notably, she stands as the founder and CEO of La Madone Registry Inc. in Orlando, Florida, a testament to her entrepreneurial spirit. Prior to establishing La Madone Registry in 2000, she honed her skills as a critical care nurse and manager, contributing 15 years to North Shore University Hospital in Long Island, New York, and 8 years to South Seminole Hospital ICU in Longwood, Florida.
Odette’s impact extends beyond the clinical realm. Her dedication to education is evident in her role as a developer and implementer of classes for continuing education for Nurses and Nurses’ Assistants. As a member of esteemed organizations such as the Haitian American Nurses Association in Florida, Rollins College Philanthropy, Edyth Bush, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and The Florida Non-profit Alliance, Odette is recognized for her commitment to advancing healthcare and philanthropy.
Her legacy is one of leadership, education, and unwavering dedication to the betterment of healthcare systems and communities.
Odette has been very instrumental in getting involved in the Haitian American community, volunteering her services by participating in numerous conferences in the community. This has created a sense of camaraderie and trust. After the devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010, the desire to help save any community became more than just a goal; it became an intense reality. Several nurses, including Odette and physicians, joined forces to establish an organization dedicated to the well-being of the people through instruction, health promotion, nutrition education, and community hygiene development. Watching healthcare deteriorate by the second for the people of Haiti and seeing the tremendous loss of life, Odette wants to make a difference. And she wants that difference to happen NOW!
As a registered nurse, the impact seems even more profound, especially when you can see how some of it could be prevented. She feels committed to responding to the needs of the people, especially the poor and less privileged. That need will now be met by Haiti Health & Rehab Center.
Her long-term goal is to build a medical clinic in Haiti, providing nursing care, physical therapy, nutrition, and education. With your support, her goal can become a better reality for Haiti!