Warm greetings to our patients and the community which we serve. It’s hard to believe that we are now well into the second month of the year. We would like to wish you all happiness, health, and wellness in 2021.
We are pleased to announce that in January we opened a second branch, Chapala Med II in Riberas del Pilar. The doctors and dentist who were already in that location have partnered with Dr. Santiago Hernandez and our existing team of physicians. The addition of these doctors and an ophthalmologist in the coming months, will make Chapala Med’s medical team the most respected and reliable in the Lakeside area.
We also plan to open a third branch in the municipality of Jocotopec to serve our patients in communities near the west end of the lake. With the support of the Ribera Medical Center’s state-of-the-art facility, as well as the new ambulance service, it will make access to excellent medical care much faster and easier for both routine wellness and critical situations.
Our dear Dr. Cherry Adjchavanich is still away on medical leave. She has been dealing with some health-related issues of her own but is recovering well in her home in Houston and will return after she receives her Covid-19 vaccines. Dr. Cherry will be seeing patients at Chapala Med in the evenings and Chapala Med II during the day, providing regular consultations as well as urgent care.
COVID-19 Respiratory rehabilitation is now being offered at Chapala Med by our rehabilitation department. Paulo Gonzalez has emerged as the premier COVID respiratory therapist in the state. If you are recovering or have sequelae from COVID, come in for an evaluation improve recover sooner with this new rehabilitation.
We have a wonderful new dentist! We are pleased to welcome Dr. Carlos Cerda to Chapala Med. He has been working in the Lakeside community for the past 20 years and most recently completed his residency at Chapala Med II. We are offering free dental check-ups for all new patients and those who come in for their yearly wellness exams.
As you may know I am also the medical director of the new Ribera Medical Center on the Libramiento. This beautiful hospital is up and running! RMC was recently visited by COPRISJAL and was deemed to be in full compliance with all government norms and standards and has been granted all the necessary permits to provide care. It is the only top-tier hospital in the Lakeside area. We had our inauguration in October and began operating in late December.
RMC Hospital will provide full service for emergencies, surgeries, and hospitalizations. We recently met with the board of directors and owners of the hospital who recognized an urgent need for Covid-19 treatment. The hospital will be modified to provide a complete isolation ward which will operate independently with its own entrance, staff, and equipment. We will keep you informed of our completion of this important service of our hospital.
In a follow up newsletter, two additional pages of information on surgical procedures as well as Covid-19 treatment protocol. Chapala Med strongly recommends you print these documents and keep with your emergency information and medical history. We hope you stay well, stay home, and call us when you need the finest medical or dental care.
As always, I’d like to remind our readers of our MISSION STATEMENT so that you are all aware of what we are striving to accomplish everyday and hold us to this mission.
Yours in health,
Santiago Hernandez M.D.