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Hospitalito Atitlán needs your support. Donate Today!
Your support makes it happen!
Your contribution pays for
medications, supplies, and
salaries for dedicated medical
personnel.  It also goes towards
maintaining the hospital, 
medical equipment,
and ambulance.

Consider becoming a Monthly Health Partner. You can make a constant impact with the same amount you spend on your daily coffee.
 
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Your help ensures that we can continue to offer quality health services to those in need.

And checks can be mailed to:
Amigos Hospitalito Atitlán 
PO Box 256
Jonesport, ME 04649 
Phone: (207) 598-5964

 

 
Volunteer Today!
Your time and expertise
is a special gift. 
Learn more

 
Volunteers Needed For Obstetrical Coverage This Fall! 
Visit our website for more information

 

Take a Look at Our
2013  Annual Report!

 

Medical Volunteers
Dra. Rhiannon Allen
Dra. Marta Colecha
Dr. Michael Fogarty
Dr. Luis Gonzáles
Dr. Ken Marriner
Dra. Rokhsanna Sadeghi

Dra. Colleen Skay
Dra. Naomi Ufberg

Medical Students
Rachael Meredith
Thomas Naylor

Surgical Teams
Pediatric Dental
Dr. Glen Dean
Dr. Barney Todd Olsen
Dr. Earl Young

Free to Smile
Dr. George Athansios
Dr. Patty Bortoluzzi
Dr. Patrick Edmunds
Dr. Matt Hamilton
Dr. Byron Henry
Dr. Simon Prior

Dr. Nicholas Rallis

Non-Medical Volunteers

Lucía González
Andrea González

PeaceWorks
Chavi Schroeder
Somos Hermanos
 
Special Thanks to Our Most Recent Donors:

Monthly Health Partners
Jennifer Jaggi
Lynn Kim
Rob Meyer
Ed Reed
Kathryn Schrag
 

Emily Adams-Piper
Archdioses of Oklahoma City
Calloway Physicians
Canadian Guitar Festival
Club Rotario Guatemala Este
Johanne Cavadini
Karen Clark
Dra. Marta Colecha
Colin Cormac
Edward Cottler
Lesly Davenport
Aimee Elliott
Miguel Fernandez
Maura Flynn
Staci Francois
David Glanville
Dennis Gray
Dr. Matt Hamilton
Diedre Hunter
Donald Jacobs
Stephanie Jacobs
Konrad Karasek
John Long
Roberto Luz
Marin County Guatemala Mission
Wanda Mann
Ken Marriner
Arturo Mateu
Anne McCloskey
Kathleen Morrell
Asiya Nieves
Julie Owens
PeaceWorks
M. Lee Patterson
Dr. Simon Prior
Rotary-M.E.S.A.
Tamrar Rissman
Judy Royer
Somos Hermanos
Dirk Schroeder
Leah Simkins
Toby Sinton
Florian Turck
Jill Welton
Gretchen Zierolf

 

Maternal Infant Sponsors

Monica Cable
Lori Claypool
Carolyn Colacicco
Anna-Lisa Dietl
Alexandra Duisberg
Sarah FitzGerald
Michael Fogarty
Lisa Gatti
Eric and Rebeca Gidseg
Mike Harvey
Katey Hoffman
Bengt Holm
Holly and David Miller
Katherine Morris
Sofia Novoa
Heather Pierce
Justin Rourke
Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church
Louis Seyler
Jacque Sharp
Florian Turck
Charles Vieth
Sharon Warren
Laura Wishik
Leslie J. Yerman
Steve and Debbie Zients




Learn more about how you can
help a mother in need here


      
 
We work closely with Rotary Clubs from around the world. If your local chapter may be interested in helping the hospital get much needed medical equipment, please contact us:
info@hospitalitoatitlan.org 
 

Spanish and Cultural Immersion CME
at Hospitalito Atitlán



Physicians can improve their Medical Spanish and learn more about Maya customs and culture at Hospitalito Atitlán’s five-day Spanish and Cultural Immersion CME course.
    Students will receive one-on-one Medical Spanish instruction. They will learn to perform a variety of medical tasks in Spanish, as well as learn how to better connect with patients from other cultures.



This CME is perfect for people who have mastered basic Spanish communication through study and/or travel and would like to immerse themselves in the language. It also engages students in the Maya experience, helping them to better connect with patients from foreign cultures. Learn more.


HELP US CLAIM $20,000! 

Samir D. Gergis Fund Provides $20,000 Challenge Grant to Help Ensure Health Care for Children and their Familes! 


     Hospitalito Atitlán is honored that the Samir D. Gergis Fund will donate $20,000 as a matching grant for its work.  HA is changing the lives of Maya families by giving them access to healthcare they previously could not attain locally.  Our maternal/child care, international surgical teams, emergency and general medicine services are making a difference in their lives. Help us to meet this match. Please donate today. No amount is too small. A dollar for dollar match, every gift makes a difference!  
 



Saving a Child's Life, Impacting a Family


 Jaqueline and her family after her complete recovery from pneumonia.

   Jaqueline Elena Pop Gómez is a one year old who lives with her parents and grandparents in a humble cornstalk house.  She recently developed a cough and, after three days, was having trouble breathing.  Her mother took her to HA’s community outreach clinic in Cerro de Oro, which referred her to the Hospitalito, where she was diagnosed with bronchial pneumonia.  Jaqueline was hospitalized for more than a week for treatment. Her father Francisco was concerned about the bill. He works as a day worker who earns little cutting wood, harvesting and planting fields for landowners.     
     After speaking with the HA social worker, his daughter's $300 medical bill was reduced by 80 percent. Francisco felt good about being able to contribute to his little girl's recovery and, to show his appreciation, he volunteered for a day, cleaning the hospital grounds. HA’s pediatrician made a home visit after Jaqueline was released to make sure she had made a complete recovery.

 


It Takes More Than a Village to Bring Smiles
to the Faces of 46 People With Cleft Lips

 


Mom and baby returned for final check-up before returning home to Quetzaltenango.

     In August, Dr. Byron Henry and the Free to Smile team were on hand to do cleft lip surgeries for 46 individuals from 13 departments across Guatemala.  In HA’s department — Sololá — Felix Azañon Santizo of "Evelyn's Baskets of Love" is the first person to be called when a baby is born with a cleft lip.  He provides the mother with a gift basket that includes a special baby bottle to help the new infant feed, a breast pump for her milk and a book of photos documenting a young girl’s journey from having a cranio facial deformity to a perfect smile.  He counsels the parents, assuring them he will find surgeons to repair the baby’s lip and follows up with them about the baby’s health.
     Felix then calls Dutch health worker Tessa de Goede of Tess Unlimited in Antigua to put the baby on the surgery schedule. Tessa calls the Hospitalito to arrange a week for the surgeries.  Her task includes organizing nearly 50 families’ arrival in Santiago Atitlán for evaluation and arranging housing, food and other innumerable details.  Hospitalito staff prepares for the jornada by getting everything ready — surgical suites, extra patient beds, and anesthesia medications. Felix brought in seven Sololá babies to the August jornada.
     The August cleft lip jornada (one of three in 2014) treated patients ranging from two months to 32 years old. It truly takes more than a village to organize a left lip surgical jornada. Our next team of cleft lip surgeries, Global Smile Foundation, arrives in November.
 



Hospitalito Staff Teams Up With Medical Volunteer
to Save Woman & Her Unborn Child



Hospitalito volunteers Aki Fujito (nurse midwife) and Michael Fogarty (Ob/Gyn) provided prenatal care
at HA’s community outreach clinic in San Antonio Chacaya.

     This summer a 40-year-old pregnant woman arrived at the HA emergency room in the middle of the night.  Three days past her due date, she was in early stages of labor. She was examined by HA Dr. Marcelo Cosigua, who determined that she had elevated blood pressure and a large amount of protein in her urine.  Fortunately, the baby’s heartbeat was good and mother’s cervix was closed. 
     Dr. Cosigua called in Dr. Michael Fogarty, volunteer OB/GYN from Palo Alto, CA for a consultation.  He suggested mom might need a cesarean, and Dr. Fogarty agreed. HA Director Dr. Juan Manuel Chuc came in to provide anesthesia, and the hospital team delivered a healthy baby boy.  Lab tests showed that the quick decision and surgical delivery were life saving as the mother suffered from HELLP syndrome, a severe form of preeclampsia.  Three days after the operation, mother and child were able to go home.
     Just another example of how HA doctors and staff work in concert with medical volunteers to save lives and make a difference. The Hospitalito is constantly faced with life-threatening obstetrical emergencies such as this one; even a week of your time can save lives. Please consider volunteering with HA.
 



Married Emergency Docs Attend CME Course at HA


Dr. Rokhsanna Sadeghi performs a sonogram during a week of volunteering following the CME.

     Two attendees at HA’s Spanish and Cultural Immersion CME were married ER doctors Rokhsanna Sadeghi and Joseph Konwinski from the University of Rochester Medical Center. The couple brought their daughter and his parents to Santiago Atitlán for a family/working vacation. The CME program provides participants with in-person experience with medical Spanish and the culture of Guatemala. Dra. Sadeghi stayed on for a week as a medical volunteer, leading a FAST training in rapid assessment of trauma patients.
    The next CME is in October.  It’s a great opportunity for physicians to improve their medical Spanish in a real world medical setting and earn 25 CME credits. Learn More.
 



Time to Plan for Fall and Winter Spanish and Cultural Immersion CME at Hospitalito Atitlán


ER docs Rokhsanna Sadeghi and husband Joseph Konwinski had a family-friendly week in Santiago Atitlán
while taking the CME this August.


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/

 
 
 
 
 

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