Wellness Clinic, Laboratory and PharmacyKnown 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 more than 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. So, it was with great excitement that we opened the new facility, the “Nueva Posta Medica” in February 2018.
The modernized and upgraded clinic increases patient capacity by five times over the original building. There are now ten clinical suites — up from four — allowing for new and expanded services, such as:
Many of these services have, until now, been unavailable to the poor, leaving them at significant risk for serious illness and lacking appropriate treatment. 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
- pap smears
- a rehydration/malnutrition program
The new two-story outpatient clinic — with an elevator large enough to handle patients on gurneys and in wheelchairs — also houses the pharmacy and pathology lab. Having both of these services on-site is critical. In fact, there is no other laboratory service available to the poor in Chimbote.
After three years of planning and construction, we are very pleased to be offering services in the Nueva Posta Medica. It is a modern and efficient facility that will provide care to more of our brothers and sisters in Chimbote than ever before. More important, we believe it is a tangible sign of our renewed dedication to improve and expand 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.