Beacon of Hope - FEMAP’s Medical Units
Saturday, October 1st, 2011
Every day, close to 2,000 people arrive at the doors of FEMAP’s medical units. Many are there to deliver a baby, others to get an ultrasound and others to undergo a life-saving procedure. For 38 years, FEMAP’s medical units’ goal has been to ensure the community has access to high quality and technology at the lowest cost possible. The cost to see a cardiologist or pediatrician is $8 U.S. and to deliver a baby, the cost ranges from $150 - $500 depending on hospitalization time or difficulty of the delivery, such as a C-section.
This mission is at the core of FEMAP’s mission – to improve the quality of life of those living in poverty through health, education, economic empowerment and outreach. Through its various programs, the medical units ensure the population served has access to information, training, health care services and preventive medicine.
FEMAP’s medical units consist of:
Hospital de la Familia
Hospital Santa Maria – FEMAP
Clinica de la Familia
FEMAP’s School of Nursing
Clinica de la Familia was the first structure to provide medical care to the community in 1974. In 1976, Hospital de la Familia was born and the FEMAP School of Nursing was established in 1993. FEMAP begin administrating Hospital de la Familia in collaboration with Desarollo Comunitario Santa Maria A.C. in October 2004.
Medical Units Infrastructure:
• 114 doctors (of which 84 or 74% are specialist in their field)
• 144 nurses (1.26 nurses per doctor)
• 181 beds
• 30 medical consultation rooms, six surgical room and five labor and delivery rooms
• 12 labor & delivery room equipped with fetal heart rate monitors
• A Intensive Care unit with 18 cribs for neonatal care
• A Neonatal Development unit with 10 cribs
• Three Imaging units with X-ray, Flouroscopy, ultrasound and mammograms
• Three Dental/Dentist units - fully equipped
• 504 Employees and 1,004 volunteers
o 424 (84%) FEMAP Medical Units staff
o 48 (10%) Community Programs staff
o 32 (6%) Nursing School staff
632,541 medical services were provided to 216,046 patients in 2010. (24,198 patients came from the U.S., primarily El Paso, Texas)
Ambulatory Services: 130,172 (357 services per day)
Clinical Analysis Laboratory : 377,782 (1,035 studies per day)
Births: 5,410 (15 per day and 110,034 births in the last 37 years)
Major Surgeries: 4,027 (11 surgeries per day)
Other Services: 70,373 (193 per day)
Additional Services within Hospital de la Familia
Dr. Jacob Heydemann Clinic – Established 25 years ago by Dr. Jacob Heydemann, the clinic provides free orthopedic medical care. Since 1986, the clinic has provided a total of 30,400 pediatric orthopedic consultations, 28,459 rehabilitation therapy sessions and 812 orthopedic surgeries to children from Cd. Juarez, Coahuila, Durango, Sinaloa and Sonora.
Boquitas Bonitas Fund – This fund helps subsidize specialized pediatric medical care. Funding is provided by Johnson & Johnson and the FEMAP Foundation. Fifteen children have benefitted from the Fund.
Shriners Hospitals for Children - Through the generous work of the Shriners Hospital for Children at Salt Lake City, Utah and medical personnel from Hospital de la Familia, 800 children with orthopedic problems received much needed free surgeries, medical care and medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers and braces. Doctors, social workers, specialists and coordinators from the Shriners were on hand to work with FEMAP/SADEC staff and volunteers. Children and their families throughout the state of Chihuahua and from various states of Northern Mexico were helped.
FEMAP’s School of Nursing – Established in 1993 within Hospital de la Familia to educate 300 students a year, the school has become very popular due to the quality of its curriculum, its affiliation with Universidad Autonoma de Cd. Juarez and its low cost - $38 for Mexican National students and $58 for U.S. based students. Currently, the school has more than 520 students enrolled and is seeking to build a new school outside of Hospital de la Familia.