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Aug 11, 2020

La Loma Luz Adventist Hospital: Always Caring, Always Here for You

Tonight, we head west for a visit to a unique healthcare facility. Nestled in western Belize, La Loma Luz Adventist Hospital has been providing optimal healthcare as a non-profit institution. Over the decades, the facility has grown significantly and has expanded its range of specialized services.  The hospital is also a provider of the national haemodialysis programme. News Five’s Duane Moody headed to Santa Elena and files the following report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

It was founded in the early seventies by a medical missionary from the United States, who acquired property in the west and began providing healthcare services to the community from a trailer. Fast track to 2020, La Loma Luz Adventist Hospital has grown to become a renowned medical facility in Santa Elena Town.

 

Adan Sosa

Adan Sosa, C.E.O., Loma Luz Adventist Hospital

“We want you to get a holistic approach because within the medical care, you will get the nursing care, the physician care, the nutritional care. But we also have a Chaplin to also give you the comfort, knowing that accompanied with the knowledge and skill of our physician and medical team, we have a faith in the God above who is the doctor of all doctors and who has miraculously, time after time, lead us to bring healing and comfort to the people of this country.”

 

La Loma Luz Adventist Hospital is a unique, private, non-profit institution that provides as many as twelve specialty services to the community which it serves. With fifty full-time employees, it is a one-stop medical facility atop a hill that caters to the needs of the entire family.

 

Denisse Bolaños

Dr. Denisse Bolaños, Anaesthesiologist

“We have different services with different kind of doctors. Paediatric doctor; he sees all paediatric emergency; all consultation, asthma, problem with breathing, stomach problems. Also any respiratory infection, vaccines, any allergic rhinitis. Also we have services of paediatric surgeon. She sees all kinds of abdominal pain in kids, circumcision, hernia repair, appendicectom. We have our gynaecologist. She sees all vaginal treatment, infection treatment, healthcare for the woman and the child, menstrual disorders, problem for miscarriage, c-section, any pregnancy care. Our doctor surgeon, he does any kind of laparoscopic surgery.  Orthopaedic doctor; he is the best specialist in fractures; any hand or upper extremity injuries, any surgery of bones, neck, back pain.”

 

Additionally, La Loma Luz Adventist Hospital serves as the centre for the government’s haemodialysis programme in the west. There are currently twenty-eight patients seen on a weekly basis; twenty from the G.O.B. programme and eight private patients, who go through the four-hour treatment process whenever they visit the centre.

 

Sah Tiemula Dieudonn

Nurse Sah Tiemula Dieudonne, Manager, Dialysis Unit, La Loma Luz Adventist Hospital

“This unit was started in February 2011 and nine years down the road, we are doing pretty good. We have received a total of forty-two patients and we have had six mortalities. We have two nephrologists for the unit, we have certified dialysis nurses who are committed to their jobs; we have a social worker who liaise with the community to ensure that patients with difficulties to get their treatment gets certain form of assistance from private-public organizations.”

 

Providing health services to save lives at La Loma Luz is a priority over payment. It accepts local and international insurance and offers payment plans for those who cannot readily foot the bill. But in sticking with its mission, the institution also has a free mobile clinic, which is manned by its Chief of Staff, Doctor Marvin Camal.

 

Marvin Camal

Dr. Marvin Camal, Chief of Staff, La Loma Luz Adventist Hospital

“We provide quality healthcare to our surrounding communities in an accessible manner. And we noticed that some patients had trouble accessing our services either because they live far, needed transportation or sometimes even finances. Due to that reason we put together this plan. We also had help from some mission groups from the United States who donated this box to us and they would also assist us with getting medication so that when we go to the communities, we would do screening—hypertension, blood pressure and all the other illnesses; asthma and so forth and of the medication that we got, we can also also offer free medication. When we got to the communities, all of the services are free. All the screening, medication, everything we do. Sometimes we also have other doctors from the hospitals assist us. We’ve had the gynaecologist with us and doing pap-smears in the back area of the bus; everything for free.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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