There are 4-6 surgical teams that donate time to Hospital de la Familia each year. Each team is lead by a team leader and is organized at least a year in advance.
Hospital de la Familia
What started over 35 years ago as a small dispensing pharmacy is today a year-round medical facility offering general medical, surgery, pediatric, obstetrical and dental services. The hospital consists of wards that can accommodate up to 72 patients. During the past several years we have maintained a staff of over 60 full-time employees, including 4 doctors, 12 nurses, and 3 or 4 nurse/nun instructors and a contingent of Guatemalan medical and dental students. The hospital treated over 13,000 patients last year. In addition, surgery is provided by the volunteer U.S. surgical teams in February, May, September, and November for 1-2-week stays. There are smaller optometry and ophthalmological surgery teams that also provide care. These surgical teams provide care to over 1500 patients annually. Other hospital programs include the Malnutrition Therapy Clinic, the Dental Clinic, Nurse Training Classes, Adult Education Classes, and Sewing Classes. We also operate a 1-6 grade school with an enrollment of about 150 where tuition, books, and uniforms are free. There is a separate program for adults.