HA Needs your Help!
HELP! HA needs replacement parts for patient monitors! Last month, HA’s only Emergency Room monitor suffered irreparable damage when a circuit blew. HA received a donation of several back-up Phillips patient monitors, but they are missing the necessary cables to monitor heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen. Unfortunately, we have thus far been unsuccessful in obtaining a donation of cables. Please help us reach our goal of raising $2000 to cover the cost of two sets of cables!
Video: A Social Worker's Gift
Vicenta Chavajay is the "heart and soul" of the Hospitalito, bringing knowledge of and support for our services into even the most remote parts of Santiago Atitlán. "Chenta", as she is more affectionately known, was the first T'zutujil-speaking woman to graduate from her Social Work program. She has now been working at the Hospitalito for over six years. Please watch and share this video about her responsibilities and the important role that she plays within our community.
When her water broke, 19-year old María Maribel was referred to the Hospitalito by a clinic in her village, almost an hour away. She arrived at the Hospitalito in labor, and the HA OB/GYN decided that she would need a c-section, as she had one less than a year prior. María Maribel and her 18-year old husband could not afford the costs of the c-section, so they met with HA social worker Vicenta. Through the Hospitalito’s Social Work Department, María Maribel was able to safely deliver her baby for a minimal cost. Your donations help make this possible for young mothers such as María Maribel.
Happy Birthday, Hospitalito Atitlán!
On April 1st, the Hospitalito turned 10-years old! HA commemorated this milestone with a birthday party attended by HA founders, special friends, community leaders, and local healthcare workers. The fiesta included marimba, tamales, a raffle, and many touching testimonies from former patients and supporters. Thank you to all of the donors and friends who have helped HA serve the community for 10 years.
Diabetes Program Extended for Three Years
Hospitalito Atitlán received great news from the World Diabetes Foundation in Denmark in November. WDF approved a grant that will extend the diabetes education and prevention program for three more years and expand it to 20 new clinics in the department of Sololá. The program will begin in April of 2015 and will also include education for middle and high school students and the creation of an educational pamphlet in two more Maya dialects, Kaqchikel and K’iché.
Changing Lives One Surgery At A Time
These smiling young women are happy to see their father ready to begin a new life. Gaspar had been returning repeatedly to HA for changes of a catheter, which caused him much discomfort and limitations in his life. Dr. Quayle and the surgical team in January changed Gaspar's life at no cost to him or his family. Your donations and the work of medical volunteers make this medical care possible.
HA Selected as Winning Charity
British Week 2015
In March, Hospitalito Staff attended the British Ball in Guatemala City. Funds raised during British Week 2015 will support education and prenatal care for women with high-risk pregnancies. HA works with the local health department to monitor these women, providing prenatal vitamins and providing free or discounted care.
Bringing Mental Health Treatments
to Santiago Atitlán
La Asociación ALAS Pro Salud Mental, a Guatemalan Mental Health organization, conducted a mental health training for General Practice Physicians at the Hospitalito earlier this year. ALAS's mission is to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and provide greater access to mental health treatments to those who cannot afford them. The conference included trainings in diagnosing and treating mild to moderate mental illness and thanks to a donation of psychotherapeutic medications from the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi, the medication is available locally at a reduced price.
Seattle Physicians Participate Fully
In HA Activities
Dr. Jason Simmons, an internal medicine resident, worked both at HA and in the outreach clinics, played in the afterwork soccer games, and entertained us with guitar and song. His wife, Dra. Kim Simmons is a family practice physician and earned 25 hours CME credit in HA's Spanish and Cultural Immersion course. Little Cameron charmed us all. The Seattle family enjoyed a home stay with a Tz'utujil family.
Hospitalito Atitlán is now offering Continuing Medical Education credits for physicians who want to learn medical Spanish.
Each course is conducted over one week in beautiful Santiago Atitlán, and physicians can earn up to 25 CME credits.
Courses are scheduled eight times through 2015.
Accreditation and Credit Information
The Perelman School at Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Perelman School at Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania designates this live activity for a maximum of "25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM". Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
To learn more and to sign up, visit us at: www.hospitalitoatitlan.org/CME/