|Andy St. Pierre arriving at hospital with equipment|
Last year an elderly visitor needed a wheelchair. It quickly became obvious to the family members how difficult it was to find the equipment on Isla Mujeres. Through Dra. Tere Gómez at the Secretaría de Salud de Quintana Roo, the hospital near the original Super-X-Press store, they were able to find a wheelchair to use for the interim.
|Gary, Bonnie, MaryBeth, Denis and Andy|
|Checking the doctors "wish list" with Jorge Avila|
As we waited for everyone to cram into the room, long-time resident Jorge Avila discussed the doctors "wish list" with Gary Van Lankvelt, Denis St. Pierre, and Andy St. Pierre.
The list of urgently needed items totaled $15,000 pesos or around $1200.00 US.
The "wish list" includes a fetal Doppler monitor, a handheld ECG/EKG cardiac monitor, cardiology stethoscope, an otoscope and ophthalmoscope kit, and oximeters.
|Dr. David Valenzo Loaeza thanking the group|
|Seniors and Friends, with Doctora Tere Gomez|
On the second floor, accessible by elevator, escalator, or stairs are beds for twenty-five patients, and an isolation ward for critical cases - about three times the capacity of the current hospital.
The new facility is in need of more equipment, and more staff. At the present time there are only three doctors available to cover the shifts 24-hours a day, three hundred and sixty-five days a year. It's an impossible situation.
|View from the roof of the new hospital|
As one of the members said, "The Seniors and Friends of Isla Mujeres are looking at this as just the beginning of a longer term project. We are planning to continue to raise funds and further develop a close working relationship with the local hospital and medical community, as well as the community in general."
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At some point in our lives we all probably will require medical assistance in one form or another. It would be great if the assistance was readily available on the island.
It's a win-win for everyone.
Lynda & Lawrie