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Amigos Hospitalito Atitlán 
2220 Shallow Well Rd.
Manakin, VA 23103 
Phone: (207) 598-5964


Take a Look at Our
2015  Annual Report!


Medical Volunteers
Dr. Amanda DeLoureiro
Emily Wheelis
Jennie Dougherty
Joshua Back
Lee Miles
Dr. Michael Dougherty

Medical Teams
Dr. Kevin Bjork
University of Pennsylvania

Non-Medical Volunteers
Amelia Breyre
Michael Harvey
Stephanie Ruas
University of Pennsylvania 

Special Thanks to Our Recent Donors
Aaron Karsh
Alan Ertel
Alan Silverstein
Gift in Honor Of Kristen Marsh
Alexander Finch
Alison and Glen Dean
Andrew Wright
Andrew and Sally
Anne Flossi
Anne-Charlotte Harvey
Audrey Adams
Bengt Holm
Bill Tecco 
Brian Strom
Brinton Parson
Gift in Honor of Ana, Zac, and Melina Branas
Charles Fisher
Gift in Honor of Michael and Carol Harkins
Dan Luke
Daniel J. Kramer and Judith L. Mogul
David Osler
David Peterson
David R. Dixon
David Wernsig
Gift in Honor of Leyla Dietrich
Dennis Gray
Doug Lusk
Douglas Kasteler
Earl Jergens
Eileen Winterble
Elisabeth Jaggi
Fanny Bangoura
Gary and Jill Knaus
Gift in Honor of Rich Kula
Heather Pierce
The Help for People Foundation Trust
Hola Seratoma
Hope For Poor Foundation
James Donegan
Jamie Ambabo
Janice Noffke
Jeanine P. Briones
Jo Ann Stevens
Jody Slocum
Joshua Back
Jonathan Jacke
Julie Johnson
Gift in Honor Of Dian Emery
Laura Kruss
Laurie Webster
Lehea Kuphal
Linda Ledgerwood
Lisa Gatti
Gift in Honor of JoAnn Stevens
Gift in Honor of  Terri Allen
Gift in Memory of Loy and Alverta Loomis
Lynda R. Griffith
Lynn Persson
Margaret Kalacznik
Mark Lepore
Martha Jo Morehouse
Masek Foundation
Mau VanDuren
Michael Dougherty
Gift in Memory Of Doug Stow
Nancy Muktoyuc
Peter Emblad
Peter and Holly Telfer
Peter and Shimae Fitzgibbons
Philomene J Swenson
Priscilla G. Weiss (The PGL Trust)
Regis Falinski
Renee Betancourt
Robert and Julie Finnegan
Roberta Carney
Ronald Gole
Rosalind Robertson
Rosemarie Ranney
Rudolf Roth
Russell Criswell
Steven Meyer
Suzanne Feehan

Monthly Health Partners
Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
Arturo & Joanne Matheu
Bonnie Carver
Caroline Gelman
Celeste Gibbons
Ed Reed
Jennifer Jaggi
Kathryn Schrag
Lynn Kim
Marty Yudice
Rob Meyer


Maternal Infant Sponsors
Anita Jewell
Anna-Lisa Dietl

Bengt Holm
Brooke and Jay Berger

Eric and Rebeca Gidseg
Florian Turck
Heather Pierce
Holly and David Miller
Jacque Sharp

Katey Hoffman
Katherine Morris-Ketcham
Leslie J. Yerman
Louis Seyler

Michael Harvey
Sarah FitzGerald
Sarah Henry and Michael Gorin
Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church
Sofia Novoa
Steve and Debbie Zients


 Our Diabetes Program has new educational videos which will be broadcast on TV stations around the lake starting in May! Take a look at the videos in Tz'utujil and in Spanish


If your Rotary Club is interested in helping the hospital get much needed medical equipment, please contact us: 


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New: Make a donation in honor or memory of a loved one. 

As Mother’s Day 2016 approaches, Hospitalito Atitlán would like share ways that it is providing healthcare and hope to Maya mothers and their families.

For Mother’s Day: Support a Mother & Child

Three children sponsored in the Maternal Infant Program turned five in March and graduated from the program

May means Mother’s Day.  It’s a time when we honor or remember the mothers in our lives. Here at the Hospitalito, we think about the mothers in our Maternal Infant Program, made possible by your sponsorships.

These women weather extremely tough living situations, while doing everything they can to provide the best for their children. Many are single moms, living in cramped living conditions — too frequently sharing kitchens and bathroom. Often, their homes do not have beds. Some live in temporary housing, sharing space with extended family members.

Each Maternal Infant sponsorship provides a woman with prenatal care during pregnancy and emergency and pediatric visits for her child until age five, when they pass the period of greatest risk. Program participants attend monthly sessions where they receive education, support and encouragement that helps them raise happy, healthy children.

This May, sponsor a mother and child. Honor/remember the mother in your life with a gift that makes a difference! If you would like to make your sponsorship a gift, email us at



A Family Affair: Pediatrician Volunteers While Visiting Daughter, a HA Princeton in Latin America Fellow

Dr. Kim Wilson, far left, instructs Head Nurse Chonita and Dr. Edwin, while Prinecton in Latin America Fellow Emily Nuss translates

Dr. Kim Wilson, a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, put her visit to Santiago Atitilán to good use while visiting her daughter Emily Nuss, a Princeton in Latin American Fellow. Emily has been working in the hospital’s development office since June 2015.

Dr. Kim provided staff trainings on neonatal resuscitation to HA staff, after which they received certification as expert trainers. This allowed the new instructors to give the course to nursing personnel the following week. She also provided the Hospitalito with two NeoNatalie mannequins to use in future classes.

I really enjoyed the opportunity to work with the Hospitalito Atitlán staff in teaching a Helping Babies Breathe trainers course. It was a pleasure to interact with such caring and committed clinicians, and I hope these these newborn resuscitation skills can contribute to the Hospitalito's ongoing work in improving maternal and child health. - Dr. Kim Wilson

These trainings will help ensure that HA staff will be ready to handle neonatal emergencies now and in the future. ¡Gracias Dra. Kim!

Hospitalito Inaugurates Monthly Clinic at Finca Carmen Metzabal
Carmen Metzabal, one of Santiago Atitilán’s four fincas (plantations), has not had the service of a physician since the early 1990s. That’s when HA Medical Director Dr. Juan Manuel Chuc did his residency practice there.

That all changed in January 2016, when the Hospitalito held its is first monthly clinic at the finca, which is located on the road to the Pacific coast. The workers grow cardamom, coffee and macadamia nuts.

Every month, an HA medical team provides prenatal care and child wellness checkups to residents at a central location. Families leave at 4 AM from the other fincas to reach the clinic. The team brings vitamins and is conducting an anemia study of children under five and women of childbearing age. Individuals found to be anemic or malnourished are given Incaparina, a culturally accepted fortified corn drink. On the same day, healthcare promoters receive training and tools for providing care during home visits.
When we arrive, I hear people whispering about what a great help it is that we are providing this service each month. 
- Bianca Mendoza Ramírez, Coordinator

Left: Amigos Hospitalito Atitlán Board Member Michael Harvey measures a patient at Finca Carmen Metzabal

Michael & Jennie Dougherty: 2016 Long-Term Medical Volunteers
Michael and Jennie Dougherty
Michael and Jennie Dougherty arrived from Philadelphia, PA in January and will be volunteering at the Hospitalito until the end of May. Dr. Michael, an internist, was at HA in 2015 as a University of Pennsylvania Global Health Fellow in Comprehensive Care. Jennie, a nurse practitioner, has been a wonderful addition to the medical team, bringing with her a new level of expertise and knowledge.

I’m enjoying the opportunity to be creative in a resource-limited setting and share my experience with the nurses. - Jennie Dougherty

The couple had been to Guatemala in 2013, when they studied Spanish in Xela. So, they were excited that his fellowship allowed them to come back. In June, they will be returning to their home state — North Carolina — where Michael will be a gastroenterology fellow at UNC Chapel Hill. Jennie hopes to work either at Duke or UNC.


Know a physician or nurse interested in sharing their skills abroad?
Tell them about Hospitalito Atitlán and tell them to visit the volunteer page.

Spanish and Cultural Immersion CME Dates for 2017 Now Online! 

Hospitalito Atitlán offers Continuing Medical Education credits for physicians who want to learn medical Spanish. Each course is conducted over one week in beautiful Santiago Atitlán. 

Physicians can improve their Medical Spanish and learn more about Maya customs and culture through 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.

Sign up today!

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.



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