Expanding the Vision at Hospital Atitlán

Expanding the Vision at Hospital Atitlán

From Hospitalito Atitlán

Amigos Hospitalito Atitlán is fundraising for the construction of an annex to the Hospitalito. It will include a blood bank, four new consultations rooms, and the area's first accredited school for nurses.

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Update #5

10 days ago

Only two days left to claim the $50,000 match! As the new annex of the Hospitalito takes shape, please consider donating or spreading the word. Through November 30th, your gift will go twice as far in contributing to construction of the nursing school, blood bank and additional clinic space.

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**Gifts made before November 30, 2022 will be matched up to $50,000**

Hospitalito has come a long way. Yet there is so much more we can and should do. We ask that you partner with us, help us continue to grow and deliver the precious gift of life to a population long neglected and deprived of medical care. Every donation will be gratefully welcomed, wisely invested and deeply appreciated.

Watch our video above to learn more about our history and vision. 

Expanding the Vision will enhance services through the construction of a 2,443 square foot, two-story annex. It will provide urgently needed space to complete laboratory services with a blood bank, add four new consultation rooms, and create classrooms for a new school of practical nursing. 

The motive behind this is simple: continue to improve healthcare access and educational opportunities for a vulnerable Maya population that has long been neglected by the Guatemalan government. 

To accomplish our goal, we need to raise $500,000 to complete construction. 

Architectural plans have been completed and certified to meet hospital construction standards and will be built to code for earthquake prone areas. We broke ground on the new construction on August 12, 2022.  

The cost breakdown is as follows: 

Blood Bank.............................................U$250,000

HA’s capabilities and services have been slowed by the lack of a blood bank. The closest blood products available are two hours by car away. The unavailability of blood hampers surgical services, limiting the types of operations performed. 

Four new consultation rooms..................................U$150,000

Most medical specialists are located in Guatemala City, meaning patients with complex health needs must undertake an often five hour journey to receive medical care. Few doctors speak the Maya language, and interpretation is rarely available. 

The addition of patient consultation/procedure rooms will not only allow the Hospitalito to meet changing clinical needs, but also provide space for physical therapy, psychology, nutrition, and diabetes consultations. In addition, the rooms will be used by volunteer medical specialists and surgical teams, allowing the Hospitalito to expand the range of specialties and services offered. Each year, HA hosts medical brigades for general surgery, hand surgery, reconstructive plastic surgery, ophthalmology, dermatology, gastroenterology and urology.

School of Practical Nursing........................................................U$100,000

There is a shortage of accredited nurses who speak Maya languages in our region—the closest nursing program is more than two hours away, and travel and inscription fees can be cost prohibiting. 

In Guatemala, health care institutions that meet requisites of the National Association of Nurses are able to open accredited schools of practical nursing at their facilities. The project would leverage Hospitalito Atitlán’s facilities and staff to establish the first accredited practical nursing school in Sololá. The program will need support for training materials, computers, laboratories, scholarships for some students and professional mentorship. 

On the path to meeting our goal, any amount of contribution or spreading the word helps! 

Donations can also be made on our secure donation platform, Network for Good. All donations made on Network for Good are tax deductible through our U.S. nonprofit partner, Amigos Hospitalito Atitlán (AHA has no paid staff or overhead expenses).

For further inquiries about larger gifts, in-kind donations, and educational partnerships, contact us at: [email protected] . Naming rights are available for the blood bank, consultation rooms, and nursing school.

To read more about the Hospitalito, visit our website

To view the detailed plan for expansion, including architectural images, click here

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Hospitalito Atitlán posted a new update:
10 days ago

Update #6

Only two days left to claim the $50,000 match! As the new annex of the Hospitalito takes shape, please consider donating or spreading the word. Through November 30th, your gift will go twice as far in contributing to construction of the nursing school, blood bank and additional clinic space.

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Hospitalito Atitlán posted a new update:
24 days ago

Update #5

Last week, the Hospitalito was packed as we hosted the International Eye Institute for an Ophthalmology Jornada. In total, the team performed 89 quality of life altering eye surgeries throughout the week.

Speciality care is very limited on the shores of Lake Atitlán, so groups like these create a huge boost in access for the local population while working within our hospital. As with most Opthomology Jornadas, the hallways were packed with patients waiting to have their consults. Although we do our best to adapt other rooms of the hospital to meet this need, it shows us how greatly the additional clinic space in the annex is needed!

*Photo taken with patient’s permission*

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Hospitalito Atitlán posted a new update:
29 days ago

Update #4

Thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign thus far! With your help, a little more of the new annex is being constructed each day, and we are now starting to visualize the areas where the nursing school, blood banks and new clinics will be.

One of the best parts of the Hospitalito's location is the amazing view of the San Pedro Volcano. We love how this photo captures the progress we have made in the last three months with San Pedro looming in the distance.

For the next three weeks, donations up to $50,000 will continue to be matched by an anonymous donor. We are grateful for all your support!

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Hospitalito Atitlán posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #3

The construction crew is working hard and only lost one day during tropical storm Ian. The architect calculates they are 17 days ahead of schedule. This image taken October 27th shows the entrance to the lab and blood bank.

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Hospitalito Atitlán posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #2

On August 12th, the Hospitalito officially broke ground on the new construction. The day was commemorated by a small ceremony attended by staff (some of whom have worked at the hospital since it first opened in 2005), hospital founders, and current and former board members. It included blessings by the local clergy and speeches from the hospital directors and the mayor. It was very special to gather both the past and present members of the Hospitalito family for this momentous occasion. Nursing staff were especially excited for the recognition to their profession.

As of early September, all steel rebar, block, and concrete for the ground floor has been purchased and is on site. Eight footings and columns are up, and the block walls are rising.

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