Your Support Makes All the Difference!
Gifts of Sight and Happiness!
Dr. Justin StormoGipson's team from the International Eye Institute in North Idaho delivered eye surgery to 28 patients in May for a subsidized fee of Q50 (6.50 USD) per surgery.
67-year-old Concepción has been blind for 18 years, never and had not left her house. Her first time out and first ever ride in a car was on May 25th for an eye exam with Dr. StormoGipson Her children heard a radio ad for the semi-annual eye jornada last September and tried to convince her to come then, but she demurred, nervous about the car ride as well as the surgery. On Monday May 26th she had a cataract removed and then told the HA social worker, "I can see the people. The colors of the clothes are pink and blue... I am very happy." She is eager to return in September for attention to her other eye.
Looking in the mirror, 6-year-old Rosa (right) would comb her hair over her afflicted eye and tell her parents, "I'm pretty, when my hair hides my eye." Children were teasing her about her ojo torcido, (crossed eye.) Her parents got a referral from another clinic to the HA surgical eye jornada, and Rosa got the corrective surgery. She recovered at home and her mom wants to thank everyone involved.
Four-year-old Maria (left) lives in Nebaj, Quiché, a neighboring Guatemalan state. Her parents heard about the eye jornada from a Ministry of Health employee. Hospitalito Atitlán sends notice of upcoming jornadas to a list of institutions, but our social worker also sends notice to a list of her personal contacts. This child received life-changing eye surgery because of the personal contact between our social worker and her professional friend.
Sharing The Dream to become a Radiologist
Auxiliary nurse Juan Sosóf Ixtulul teaches a class (in Tz'utujil) on prenatal and infant nutrition to the mothers of the Maternal/Infantil sponsorship program. This year Juan was selected for a Hospitalito Atitlán merit scholarship (funded by Sharing The Dream) to study radiology. Every Saturday, Juan travels four hours (one way!) to take a 7-hour class in Guatemala City and then returns home the following morning. His course of study will take three years. HA administration thanks Sharing the Dream for their continued support in order to professionalize our staff.
Hospitalito Becomes One of the Most
Sustainable Buildings in Guatemala
A 2012 World Health Organization (WHO) report urged hospitals to proactively address the environmental footprint of the healthcare sector by reducing power consumption, utilizing alternative energy generation, and through the recycling and conservation of resources. Hospitalito Atitlán is addressing the WHO recommendations and other specifications that determine a healthy building. Healthy building = healthy environment and a positive impact for the patient experience. Enjoy the video of the completed solar panel array on the roof of Hospitalito Atitlán.
¡Muchas Gracias a su Magestad la Reina!
Asociación K’aslimaal president Nicolás Sapalú Damián “Aklax”, secretary Lyn Dickey and HA Director Dr. Juan Manuel Chuc met with Jeff Buchhalter representative of the Spanish pharmaceutical company Normon to receive a generous donation of medicine from Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain during her visit to Guatemala in April.
Time to Plan for Fall and Winter Spanish and Cultural Immersion CME at Hospitalito Atitlán
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 2014.
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/