These are very stressful times for the Hospital. COVID-19 and the two recent hurricanes have caused the Hospital to adjust in mountainous ways to deal with the needs of the people served, all the while maintaining the safety of everyone involved.
The following thoughts on the “State of the Hospital” are shared by Noemi Santos- the Hospital Administrator, who is on site in Honduras (see “Staff in Focus” blog).
The Hospital Health Care Services exists thanks to God’s Will. To the American Medical Brigades that arrive every month with their medical teams- surgeons and a whole staff of healthcare workers, bringing much needed donated surgical material, to perform surgeries to people of scarce resources to this Honduras country, we give our thanks. We are also so thankful to the American people who send their donations for this institution.
This year 2020 has been a very particular year around the world, and the Hospital seemed to fade without the arrival of the American Brigades. We are only praying to God, and wishing wholeheartedly that all its Medical Teams will return in 2021.
Along with the presence of the COVID- 19 pandemic, we are also facing natural disasters in Hurricane Eta and Hurricane Iota, which have devastatingly arrived in Honduras. It is with great sadness that we look at our brothers of the North Coast (San Pedro Sula, La Lima, Puerto Cortes, Villanueva) running out of their homes, and it is precisely from these places that the Hospital Socorro de lo Alto in Sula brings its patients. They will not be able to arrive, because the roads are in bad condition, and the economic crisis is getting worse every day. The Hospital also makes its small collaboration with those affected according to their economic capacity…… Giving is how we received.
Due to the combined effects of the hurricanes, COVID-19, the inability of sending supplies from the USA and the regular teams not being able to travel to the Honduras, there has been tremendous impact on the financial stability of our beloved Hospital, putting it at risk of closing.
As we prepare for the birth of Christ, we would ask you to consider making a donation at this year-end to help ensure the viability of the Hospital until the teams from the USA are able to return, hopefully in April 2021.
If you are able to donate, please follow this link: https://pay.xpress-pay.com/org/25F85F47D5BF49B, or mail your donation:
Checks should be made out to: Health Caring Services
Memo: general fund
Health Caring Services, Inc
℅ Roxanne Arreguin
600 Susquehanna Ave
West Pittston, PA 18643