December 2019

CHAPALA MED’S Monthly Health Newsletter 
December 2019 Year-End 
 Health Newsletter 
Greetings to the readers Chapala Med’s Health Newsletter and our patients. We find ourselves at the end of another year and decade. Chapala Med celebrated 7 years of providing medical care to the Chapala lakeside area. As I reflect upon the events that have transpired since I opened my practice in Nov. 2012, I count my self extremely blessed and thankful for the continued support of the community and continued trust of my patients. It is because of this support and trust that my practice has continued to grow and our team has been instrumental in the building and opening of the new hospital, Ribera Medical Center in 2020! Having moved to the Lakeside area has allowed me to grow professionally in a manner that has surpassed my dreams. I’d like to express my gratitude to you all. Thank you. 
Chapala Med will continue as a PRIMARY CARE practice and my duties in the hospital, where I will serve as Medical Director,  will not limit me from continuing to provide care to my patients. My time will be split between the both. I may not see as many patients on a daily basis but I will strive to give my patients the ample time that they need in order to provide you with the best of care. 
I count myself lucky to be your guide in the jungle that is the Mexican Medical system and as your PARTNER in maintaining your health, independence and quality of life. And last but not least, we’d like to wish each and every one of our patients (past and present) a very happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous new year. 


In closing I’d like to remind our readers of our (Chapala Med & Ribera Medical Center’s) 
MISSION STATEMENT so that you are all aware of what we are striving to accomplish everyday and hold us to this mission.  Thank you for continued support. 
Santiago R. Hernandez M.D. 


Ribera Medical Center Hospital 
Construction in its final phases. Hospital to open in early 2020. 


Meet our Clinical Nutritionist – Paulina Hermosillo
At Chapala Med we strive to treat the patient in as a whole and not just treat patients when they are ill. Preventive medicine is just as important if not even more than medical treatments for optimal health. Doctors have only a few months of formal training when it comes to diet so our recommendations tend to be more broad-based and not individualized as we would like them to be. So we have a BILINGUAL and BICULTURAL clinical nutritionist who has joined our team in 2019. 
She is a graduate of Guadalajara University and has post-graduate training at the Hospital Civil Fray Juan Alcalde. She speaks fluent English and is very familiar with the normal dietary habits of the Expat community in the Lake Chapala area. She has a warm personality and strives to be a partner with our patients and our other healthcare providers to help our patients meet their health goals such as weight loss, diabetes or hypertension control.  
During the months of January and February she will be offering a couples discount. So, you can meet her and start the year off on the right foot, her consultations will consult 2 persons/couples for the price of one.  
We are excited to have her on our team and are sure that our patients will come to appreciate and love her as we do. 
Call 333.950.9414 for to schedule your appointment. 
Meet our staff –
Joe Paz
We are pleased to have a video series of our staff in which they highlight what makes them happy. Click the link below to get to know Joe a bit better.


 Apple Watch ECG App Rolls Out: 
The Healthcare Experiment Begins
Watch: Health Advance or Extra Burden on Clinicians?


Apple introduced a 
new smartwatch with an FDA-approved ECG capability built in, for detecting abnormal heart rhythms including atrial fibrillation
Books that I recommend 
As physicians we’re taught to continuously pursue improving our knowledge and skills not only from medical books but also from authors who can teach us to practice medicine in a more humanistic manner. So, I’d like to include in my newsletters books and articles/blogs that have enriched my life and my ability to practice medicine.  
This past year, 
by Paul Kalanithi has impacted my life a great deal and has lead me to reflect on my own mortality each and every day. I believe that reflecting on my own mortality and keeping in mind the author’s experiences, will help me become a better doctor for my patients and a better person for my friends and family. If there is one book that you read in 2020, I recommend that it be 


Santiago R. Hernandez M.D. 


The following are also good reads that I have come across and highly recommend. 
The Healthcare providers & Staff at Chapala Med pledge 
“We pledge to preserve our humility, integrity, and all the values which brought us to the practice of medicine. We will engage in ho
nest self-reflection, striving for excellence but acknowledging our limitations, and caring for ourselves as we care for others. We will seek to heal the whole person, rather than merely treat disease, committing to a partnership with our patients that empowers them and demonstrates empathy and respect. We will cure sometimes, treat often, and comfort always” 


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