Why San Lucas Tolimán?
Medical Missions Foundation has been working in Antigua, Guatemala since 1998 and recognized the need to extend services to the more remote areas of the country. After searching for the right hospital partner, an underused medical facility that lacked the resources to provide surgical care was located in San Lucas Tolimán. The hospital’s staff of two provided clinics, but were not able to provide specialized surgeries; a problem that Medical Missions Foundation now helps alleviate for this undeserved community.
Hospital Monseñor Gregorio Schaffer
The hospital is set up to support the local community with basic health services, but is not staffed and supplied to provide specialized surgeries.
Miguel and his sister came to us, both with unbearable abdominal pain from the hernias they’ve had for years.
“Patients at home are nervous; they are very vulnerable, surrendering themselves to our care. Imagine being nervous, vulnerable, surrendering, and not understanding our language. That all reaches a new level. We must treat them gently for them to trust us, in that we are both vulnerable.” Lisa, an anesthesiologist at St. Luke’s South.
This is what medicine does. Medicine is more than just completing successful surgeries; medicine is about our ability to trust and be vulnerable with those we work with and those we serve. This ability allows us to connect in a way that goes way beyond the operating room.
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