SURGERY AND MEDICAL CENTER
Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro brings hope and healing to children and adults through its outpatient clinics, prevention programs and surgical center. Hundreds of Guatemalans in need of medical attention pass through the doors of Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro each day. Annually, more than 6,000 surgeries are performed and 350,000 patients receive services in outpatient and specialized clinics and laboratories. Obras’ staff partners with U.S. surgical teams, volunteers, and Guatemalan medical, physical therapy and nursing students to bring excellent, comprehensive care to its patients.
Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro provides more than 6,000 lifesaving surgeries annually. Guatemalan staff work year-round with visiting short-term surgical teams from the U.S., Europe, and Canada in five state-of-the-art operating rooms to provide general, gynecological, ENT, orthopedic, plastic and eye surgeries.
Many Guatemalans lack access to primary and specialty care, and the Medical Center helps to fill that gap. Services include oncology, gynecology, colposcopy, orthopedics, psychology, neurology, internal medicine, genetics, pediatrics, prosthetic and orthotics, audiometry, among others.
Although cervical cancer is preventable, it is the most common cause of cancer-related death among Guatemalan women. The program provides weekly screenings in the Medical Center clinic as well as a mobile clinic to bring screening services to nearby villages. Clinicians use the VIA/CRYO approach; visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) for detection and cryotherapy treatment for pre-cancerous cervical lesions.
The Laboratory, Diagnostic Center and Pharmacy supports all of Obras needs with technical support, medicine and supplies. The comprehensive pharmacy serves inpatient and outpatient needs, providing low-cost and high quality medication and supplies to patients and the public.
The dental clinic specializes in caring for special needs patients, attending to all of the 250 residents, as well as providing general dental prevention and care at a very low cost to the public. International volunteer dental teams visit periodically to assist full-time Guatemalan dental staff as well as surgical teams when needed.