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Hospitalito Atitlán
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medications and supplies and covers free and discounted care
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Your help ensures that we can continue to offer quality health services to those in need.
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Amigos Hospitalito Atitlán 
2220 Shallow Well Road
Manakin, VA 23103
Phone: (804) 867-7102


Volunteer Today!
Your time and expertise
is a special gift. 
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Volunteers Needed For Obstetrical Coverage! 
Visit our website for more information

Take a Look at Our
2015  Annual Report!

Medical Volunteers
Jennie Dougherty
Dr. Michael Dougherty
Dr. Bradley Pittman
Dr. Louise Hoevenaars

Surgical Teams
International Eye Institute

Non-Medical Volunteers
Haley Bliss
Lynn Hurr
Natalie Koch
Christina Roldan
Arnav Shah
Delaine Winn

Special Thanks to Our Most Recent Donors
Kelly Ashmead
Patricia Birch Robinson
Erika Clark
Yara Gonzales
James Hutcheson III
Michael Johnson
Linda Ledgerwood
John and Mary Long
Richard McKinley
Toussaint Mears-Clarke
Sopan Mohnot
Samir D. Gergis Charitable Trust
Somos Hermanos
John C. Weaver

Monthly Health Partners
Bonnie Carver
Caroline Gelman
Celeste Hanson-Gibbons
Jennifer Jaggi
Lynn Kim
Rob Meyer
Ed Reed
Kathryn Schrag
Marty Yudice

Maternal Infant Sponsors
Brooke and Jay Berger
Ana-Lisa Dietl
Sarah Fitzgerald
Eric and Rebecca Gidseg
Mike Harvey
Sarah Henry
Katey Hoffman
Bengt Holm
Anita Jewell
Holly and David Miller
Katherine Morris-Ketcham
Jill and Izzy Knaus
Sofia Novoa
Heather Pierce
Nikki Potter
Sawyer Memorial Church
Luis Seyler
Jacque Sharp
Dawn Stapleton
Florian Turck
Leslie 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: 
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. Learn more.

The Samir D. Gergis Charitable Trust will Match 
General Patient Care Donations 
through December 15, 2016! 


In 2015, the Hospitalito underwrote over $103,000 in free and discounted medical care plus $50,000 in free diabetes detection and education. Help us to continue treating patients like Manuel Antonio and Juana below. 

Donate today!

Manuel Antonio: Burn Victim

Manuel Antonio was rushed to the hospital in March- one of many children this year to arrive at our ER with burns.

His mother had prepared hot water in a bucket to bathe the children in their small, shared room. Manual Antonio came running into the house and knocked the bucket over, causing second-degree burns on his abdomen, knee and elbow. 

He spent two days in the hospital, and his parents were concerned about the cost of care. Our social worker evaluated their economic situation, working out a payment plan where they will end up paying 25 percent of the bill. The attending pediatrician also donated Biofilm membranes necessary for wound healing that reduced the number of bandage changes, decreasing Manual Antonio's pain as well as the family's financial stress. 

Manuel Antonio recovering from his burns at the Hospitalito

Juana's Recovery

Juana was brought to the ER in May by her mother and grandmother. Just shy of a year and and half, the toddler had a fever and had been coughing for two days. Her mother had taken her to the local Centro de Atención Materno Infantil (CAIMI) but the medicine they provided had not helped.

At HA Juana was diagnosed with bronchiolitis and was hospitalized for three days. Her mother and grandmother asked our social worker for help with the cost of care. In the end, the family paid $25 on a $200 bill. Without the help of our generous donors, Juana's family would never have been able to afford this lifesaving care.   

Juana Angelica receiving oxygen to help her breathing.

HA Hopes to Create "Safety in the Home" Booklet to Help Prevent Accidents and Disease

The Hospitalito hopes to create an illustrated booklet to highlight causes of common accidents and health problems. Safety in the Home will cover a wide-range of topics including safe water, open fires, chemical pesticides and reduction of vector borne illnesses.

Too many HA patients come to the hospital as a result of activities in the home that lead to either accidents or disease. For example, many Maya mothers don’t realize that open fires and burning plastic inside the home can be toxic to their infants and children.

The booklet will be appropriate for those without a formal education, as well as youth who are attending school. By distributing it, we hope to reduce hospital visits for burns, smoke inhalation and water-related illnesses.

Do you know a civic organization or club that would help underwrite production of 5,000 booklets? If so, please let us know.

Responsible Sex:
Nuestra Sexualidad Responsable

“I would like for this material to be disseminated in all 19 municipalities to prevent pregnancy in girls and adolescents.”-NSR program participant

Health science teachers participating in the two-day training on Nuestra Sexualidad Responsable

Sex education is required by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education, but local teachers lack training. With the support of a grant of the Conservation, Food & Health Foundation, the HA development department created a 16-page illustrated educational booklet entitled Nuestra Sexualidad Responsable (Our Responsible Sexuality).

The Hospitalito organized a two-day training for 35 Santiago Atitlán health science teachers on how to teach teenagers about their sexuality using this booklet. The training was led by a psychologist, physicians and program coordinator Bianca Mendoza.

The session was a great success, in March the teachers began using the booklets in the classroom, teaching more than 1200 Atitlán youth. “It’s necessary to know how our bodies truly function, because only with this knowledge can a teacher in a classroom speak the truth to her students and guide them so that they can have more responsibility for their actions in relation to sexuality,” said one participant. 

Looking to the Future: Strategic Plan 2016-2020

Early this year, hospital administrators met with Gish Paz & Associates — a management consultant for nonprofits — for HA’s third strategic planning session.  We are pleased that an evaluation of 2011- 2015 planning goals showed that almost all were completed prior to schedule. Some of our successes include completion of construction, addition of ambulance services, and increased pediatric services.

In June, our board of directors and department heads will be setting priorities for the 2016-2020 plan. Areas of focus include strengthening operations, ensuring that employees and stakeholders work towards common goals, establishing agreement about intended outcomes/results, and dealing with energy and resource issues.

Specialists Needed!

Help us continue to provide quality medical care to our patients by volunteering at the Hospitalito! You can make a huge contribution to our work, while experiencing the beauty of Lake Atitlán. 

We are looking for emergency physicians, obstetricians, internal medicine specialists and others!

As a volunteer, in addition to treating patients directly, you can also be involved with training local medical providers to help HA maintain high standards of care.

Do you know someone who might be a good fit? Learn more.

Emily Wheelis, a 4th year medical student with Dr. Diana, a pediatrician

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, and physicians can earn up to 25 CME credits. 
Courses are scheduled eight times through 2015.

Our next courses: October 9th to 15th and November 6th to 12th 2016
2017 Dates available here!

Sign up now!

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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