Wellness Clinic, Laboratory and Pharmacy

Known and respected throughout the region for competent, professional care.

In 1963, a small, three-room medical clinic was opened to provide care for the migrants moving into Chimbote’s swelling slums. This clinic, the “Posta Medica,” was designed to serve 25 to 30 patients daily. The Posta Medica housed the facilities used for all outpatient treatment, including the pharmacy and laboratory, for 50 years with one expansion in the late 1980s.

Since then, the patient load has grown tremendously. The doctors and staff now treat an average of 17,000 patients at the clinic every month, offering outstanding care in a faith-filled environment. In addition to basic medical care, including treatment of diseases and illnesses long since eradicated or severely reduced in more developed countries, the clinic offers:

  • minor surgery
  • blood transfusions
  • vaccinations
  • pap smears
  • a rehydration/malnutrition program

Having the pharmacy and lab on-site is critical. In fact, there is no other laboratory service available to the poor in Chimbote.

In recent years, it became clear that more space was needed for the clinic. Due to the age and condition of the original Posta Medica building, it was decided to demolish it and build a larger, more modern facility. Construction began in 2016 and it is expected to be completed in Q2 2017. The “Nueva Posta Medica” will offer even more services, including:

  • cardiology
  • dentistry
  • traumatology
  • ophthalmology
  • neurology
  • mammography
  • radiology

Like the pharmacy, many of these services have, until now, been unavailable to the poor, leaving them at significant risk for serious illness and lacking appropriate treatment. The plan to build this new facility is at the center of the Mission Milestone Initiative (MMI). Launched in 2015, this $1 million capital campaign is focused on strengthening, improving and expanding the life-saving services offered by the Chimbote mission.

Having the pharmacy and lab on-site is critical. In fact, there is no other laboratory service available to the poor in Chimbote.

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