Help Us Claim $20,000!
Donations will be matched by the
Samir D. Gergis Fund
until December 15, 2014!
Please donate today. No Amount is too small.
A dollar for dollar match, every gift makes a difference!
HA Fills the Health Care Gap
Left by Government Health System
All Sololá Health Department centers will remain closed for consultations until physicians and nurses
receive their paychecks.
Guatemala’s government health system has been the source of negative news throughout 2014.
- The National Hospital Roosevelt in Guatemala City had no running water or soap for more than a week, and reported thefts of patient medications.
- Staff are striking regularly to protest shortages of medicine and supplies and six-month delays in payroll. Operating theaters have been closed in several hospitals.
- Santiago Atitlán Centro de Salud closed for consultations in October and November until staff receive back pay.
This is why the work of Hospitalito Atitlán is so important. We provide healthcare services for people who would otherwise not receive care because of the extreme failures within the national system. Nonprofit hospitals, like Hospitalito Atitlán, provided cared for four and a half million Guatemalans in 2013.
Saving Children's Lives Everyday
Throughout the year, Hospitalito Atitlán staff makes a difference in the lives of local children. These are just a few of the pediatric cases treated at HA that had happy endings:
When three-month-old José Manuel Sosof Coché arrived at the hospital emergency room, he was coughing and having difficulty breathing. He was diagnosed with meningitis. He has had a full recovery
Arecely Josefina Sapalu Ixbalan, a 16-month-old girl, was brought into the ER with a nosebleed, fever and vomiting. She was stabilized and transferred to Unidad Naciónal De Oncología Pediátrica (UNOP), where she was hospitalized and received a blood transfusion. She is well and happy.
Daniel Felipe Mesilla Quieju, four-months old, was referred from the local Health Department clinic with dehydration, diarrhea and vomiting. He was diagnosed with rotavirus and hospitalized for one week, until well.
Juana Maria Chicacjua Rocché (pictured), three-years-old, was brought to the ER in respiratory distress. She was hospitalized three days for pneumonia and has now completely recovered.
Baby boy Brayan Felipe Coché Esquina was brought to the ER when he was 10 days old, suffering from breathing problems. He was intubated by the pediatrician, given oxygen and transferred to a neonatal intensive care hospital in the capital. During the three-hour ambulance ride, a nurse manually assisted the tiny baby’s breathing. Two weeks later, baby Brayan returned home well.
The treatment and recovery of these children, and hundreds more like them, depends entirely on support from our donors. Thank you very much for making this possible.
Medical Team Brings
Female Urology Surgeries to Area
Urogynecologists Drs. Emily Adams (L), Felicia Lane and Stephanie Jacobs operated on 19 women
while working at the Hospitalito. HA nurse Alfredo (center) assisted.
In September Drs. Stephanie Jacobs, Felicia Lane, and Emily Adams from the University of California Irving Department of Urogynecology operated on 19 women with longstanding need for pelvic floor reconstruction. The surgeons raised funds with their friends to reduce the costs for patients.
Maria is a 46-year old mother of five. Dr. Jacobs performed a total of four procedures to cure her urinary incontinence. One week after she left the hospital, Maria told a Hospitalito worker, “I feel so much better, I couldn’t leave the house. Now my life can get back to normal.”
Our patients had never before had the opportunity to have urological surgeries that would restore their quality of life. The outcome brought joy and gratitude from patients, their family caregivers and HA staff, who helped with their recovery and transition.
Join Us in Celebrating
Hospitalito Atitlán's 10th Birthday!
Hospitalito Atitlán’s founders on inauguration day in 2005.
Hospitalito Atitlán will be 10-years-old! Our volunteers and donors have been a vital part of our conception, birth, recovery, growth and our development.
We invite you to help us honor this important milestone event on Saturday April 4th 2015 (at the end of Holy Week). We are currently planning the festivities, and if you plan to attend please contact us for more information. We look forward to celebrating with you!
Make Your Holiday Gifts Count
by Using AmazonSmile!
All donations received by Amigos Hospitalito Atitlán go towards supporting families in needs,
such as Cruz and his mother Angelika.
Sign up at AmazonSmile and choose Amigos Hospitalito Atitlán as your charity, the start shopping! A small part of the purchase will be donated to Amigos 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 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/