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IMPORTANT ADDRESS CHANGE
Checks can now be mailed to:
Amigos Hospitalito Atitlán
2220 Shallow Well Rd.
Manakin, VA 23103
Phone: (207) 598-5964
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Dr. Andrew Smith
Dr. Chad Knaus
Dr. Chelsea Glass
Dr. Eliot Miller
Dr. Jennie Leslie
Dr. Leanne Marcotrigiano
Dr. Michelle Barlow
Dr. Andrew Smith's Team
Global Smile Foundation
International Eye Institute
To Our Recent Donors
Catherine B. Reedy
Cathy and Kevin Cary
Charles W Whitmore
Eighth Day Faith Community
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Contributors to our Fundly Campaign
Jeanne and Ben Downs
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Silvie A. Senauke
World Connect Inc.
Monthly Health Partners
Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
Arturo & Joanne Matheu
Maternal Infant Sponsors
Brooke and Jay Berger
Eric and Rebeca Gidseg
Holly and David Miller
Leslie J. Yerman
Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church
Steve and Debbie Zients
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Hospitalito Emergency Fund Provides Life Saving Ambulance Transport
Angélico Gaspar and his three sisters
If patients require care the Hospitalito cannot provide, our doctors, nurses, and social workers spring into action to send patients where they can receive needed care without delay. HA’s Emergency Fund underwrites the life saving ambulance transportation that gets them there.
When two-year-old Angélico Gaspar arrived at the Hospitalito’s outpatient clinic, he had pneumonia and fluid in his lungs. Thanks to the Emergency Fund, the toddler could be transferred to Sololá. He spent several weeks in pediatric ICU in national hospitals in Sololá and Quetzaltenango before he was fully recovered and could return home to be with his sisters.
The Hospitalito’s ambulance driver, Josué Lacán, averages 15 patient transfers a month. Trips to Sololá are more than four hours round-trip; those to Guatemala City are eight hours round-trip.
HA has the only fully equipped ambulance in Santiago Atitlán. Josué and accompanying staff know their mission is to get the patient the help he/she deserves — intensive care, blood transfusion, general surgery surgery or specialist care.
Donate today to help patients like Angélico Gaspar!
Reducing Infant and Maternal Mortality
Family Planning: Key to Reduced Maternal Mortality and Increased Child Survival
In July, medical staff received training from Population Services International (PSI) and the Hospitalito became certified as a provider of family planning and reproductive health programs for women.
After this training several of our medical personnel are now certified to provide family planning counseling and long-term contraceptive methods like the IUD and sub-dermal hormonal implant, and Hospitalito Atitlán is part of the Guatemalan network of family planning service clinics and hospitals certified by the PSI program promoted through the Pan-American Social Marketing Organization (PASMO).
WINGS, an Antigua organization that focuses on family planning services, helped to provide tubal ligations and vasectomies in October.
Ensuring Positive Outcomes for Women With High-Risk Pregnancies
In rural Guatemala, the family decision-making process during emergencies is often an impediment to the care of women with high-risk pregnancies. Too often, husbands, parents or in-laws don’t want a woman to have her child outside the home. Many are afraid of hospitals as a result of a bad experience or fear of the unknown. Unfortunately, the results of a home birth associated with complications, can be tragic.
The Hospitalito is working to bridge this cultural gap by inviting women to bring a friend or family member for an orientation tour. The mothers-to-be are invited from a list of high-risk pregnancies, updated each month by Hospitalito Atitlán and the Health Department. Moms get to see the labor and delivery room and maternity ward. They meet nurses who can assure them, in their native language that HA and its doctors will help them give birth to a healthy baby. The tour ends with a snack and talk about labor and delivery danger signs. In one case, the mother of a woman pregnant with twins asked for an explanation of a cesarean delivery.
Since the orientations began in April, sixteen participants have chosen the Hospitalito for the safe birth of their babies. Because they were known to have a high risk, Dr. Chuc feels the initiative is reducing the number of women that arrive at the emergency room door, with a serious labor and delivery complication.
World Diabetes Foundation Extends Prevention and Education Program
Community outreach workers participate in a training in San Lucas Tolimán
After the success of “Managing Diabetes in Santiago Atitlán”, the World Diabetes Foundation of Denmark granted funds to Hospitalito for a new three-year initiative to provide diabetes education and prevention in all the department of Sololá. Twenty-two new diabetes detection centers have opened in 20 villages, 300 healthcare workers will be trained on diabetes over three years, 1500 children will receive classroom education on healthy lifestyle choices that will help to prevent type 2 diabetes.
Key to the program are the 20 page illustrated booklets published in three Maya languages; Tz’utujil, Kaqchikel and K’iche’. Television and radio spots will also educate about diabetes. It is the goal of the project to educate about diabetes in a culturally respectful and appropriate way.
Program coordinator Victor Ramirez says, “When we started, the Diabetes Clubs in the villages were not well organized, because the health department clinics didn’t have equipment for detection. Now the people come because they know they can find out how they are doing with management of their disease. Individuals with diabetes learn that they are not alone, and how others are coping with the disease.” The program’s sub-coordinators conduct the clinics in the Maya language of the village.
A patient reference directory for diabetes care has been created for the new clinics. The directory includes dates and times of specialty care in Sololá and the capital. Hospitalito Atitlán provides care for the diabetic foot each month, under the direction of podiatrist Dr. William Boegel, and twice annual evaluations for diabetic eye disease with the International Eye Institute.
This fall we celebrated Mayarí's graduation from the Maternal Infant Program! Mayari turned five in October, passing the age of greatest risk for most Guatemalan children.
Mom got a little emotional while thanking HA’s social worker and medical personnel for the great medical care during her pregnancy and for little Mayari during the five years she was sponsored in the Maternal Infant Program. "It was so good not to have to worry about the cost of care, we saw the pediatrician whenever we wanted, and came in the night when the baby was sick”, said Mom. The women and children in the program celebrated Mayari's graduation with cake and punch.
We're so proud of how Mayarí's grown and of how the Maternal Infant Program has grown over the past few years!
Right: Mayarí and her mother
Learn more about how you can help a mother in need here
We Couldn't Do It Without Our Volunteers!
Our medical staff is able to treat our patients and save lives thanks to medical volunteers from around the world. This is one story of many:
Dr. Chad Knaus first visited Santiago Atitlán in 2009 with 14 family members. He and his father, both physicians at Roaring Fork Family Physicians in Carbondale, CO, volunteered at the Hospitalito for a month. Chad remembers, “The family trip was the highlight of my residency training. Lorri (my wife) and I felt a connection with Santiago Atitlán, the hospital and its staff. We want to… be able to come back.”
Dr. Chad returned in 2013, as “co-pilot” for his friend Nathan Boddy, on a 3,000 mile road trip from Montana to Santiago Atitlán, to donate Nathan’s truck to HA. He recently sent photos to Nathan after he rode in the truck bed to a medical clinic in Cerro de Oro.
Chad and his wife Lorri and their children arrived in Santiago Atitlán in September after saving for a trip of a lifetime. They rented out their Colorado home, packed their bags and traveled to Guatemala. They began their trip by studying Spanish in Xela for two weeks. Lorri is home schooling the children with recommendation of teachers in Colorado. “I’ve always been interested in working outside the US…to slow time down and be with the family, to have an experience abroad and learn Spanish.”
Once Dr. Chad completes his stint at the Hospitalito, the family plans to vacation in the Carribean and Columbia, and then off to the Amazon, he plans to volunteer six months at the St. Clothide Health Center in Peru.
Above: Dr. Chad and family in October
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 at Hospitalito Atitlán
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. Courses are scheduled six times through 2016.
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.
There is space available in our January and February 2016 Spanish and Cultural Immersion courses!
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.