Jucuapa, El Salvador
The Medical Center (the “Center”) MMI built in Jucuapa is — in many ways —the catalyst for everything we have done, and will continue to do, in El Salvador. It was the dream of our founder, the late David V. King, to build this hospital. He was inspired by the work of his physician and close friend, Dr. Roberto Arevalo Araujo, and it began when he asked him the simple question: “How can I help?”
David founded MMI for the sole purpose of building this facility, and while our vision has expanded greatly and our impact has grown, this Center has continued to be the focal point of our efforts.
On November 9, 2011, the medical portion of the David V. King Medical Center opened its doors and began serving patients. Within the first year of operation, it served more than 18,000 patients. By July 2014, the Center had provided more than 30,000 patient services.
THE MEDICAL CENTER TODAY
The 20,000-square-foot facility currently serves numerous communities in the area, including Lolotique, Chinameca, Ciudad El Triunfo, Santa Elena, Santiago Maxia as well as San Miguel, with specialists on hand for clinical services, dentistry, gynecology, minor surgery and emergency care. The Center also includes a pharmacy and laboratory services. The medical portion of the center is staffed on a continuous basis by a paid medical staff who are available to treat common medical and dental problems.
THE SURGICAL CENTER
A donation from another NGO of approximately $750,000 of new and used operating equipment was installed in the third quarter 2014. Surgeries in the Center will be conducted by Missions of highly skilled Salvadoran, American and foreign surgeons. Between Missions, the operating rooms will be rented, at a profit, to qualified Salvadoran surgeons. MMI hosted their first Medical Mission at the Center in September 2015 and have three teams set to arrive in early 2017.
A two-chair dental suite opened in June 2013, offering low cost dental services that had not been available before.
In addition to dental services, a program to provide dental instruction in the schools in the communities that the medical clinic serve. The dental eradication program will kickstart in October 2016 donation with a donation of 1,000 tooth-brushing packages.
Learn more about how you can help us raise the necessary funds to continue our efforts to provide expanded medical services.