Since we last published info on the new little medical clinic being created next to nurse Martha’s home, down the road a few doors from Boca Divers, (see our blog, Increasing Happiness – Update on the Boca Clinic, June 14, 2013) – alot has happened. The new little medical clinic is turning into a new Big medical clinic. – Infact, 3 stories big!
Mart in front of the Boca Clinic 1 Nurse Martha in front of the Medical Clinic next to her home, (for about 18 years the previous clinic was her living room).New Boca ClinicThe nearly completed 3 story white stucco building that will house the new Boca Community Medical Clinic
This new community health clinic is nearing completion on the “river parking road” in Boca de Tomatlan and is expected to be in service in the spring of 2015. This clinic will serve the surrounding rural communities of Las Juntas/Los Veranos, Mismaloya, Quimixto, Las Animas and will coordinate closely with the existing clinic in Yelapa. Several of these remote communities can be reached only by trail or by boat which provides a challenging approach to providing medical response.

The construction of the Clinica Comunidades Unidas en La Salud is a unique collaberatve effort between Puerto Vallarta’s Sister City, Santa Barbara, California, and its “mirror club” Club Rotario Puerto Vallarta Sur and the governments of Mexico, Jalisco and Puerto Vallarta. Under what is called a 3-1 funding program, the three arms of the Mexican government matches the funds raised by the Sister City and its Mirror Club.

This new community health clinic is a “by the people, for the people” effort, making it a … unique approach to health care response in rural areas of Mexico. When completed, the ongoing operations will depend totally on local participation, donations and grants. Donations and community contributions are essential to the success of this effort.

When completed, the clinic will provide emergency response, medical evaluation and consultation and dental services for the local residents, part time residents and visiting tourists and provide health education to the community.

The new dental office will support the Dental Outreach Program for Students of the International Friendship Club which was started in early 2014 and has already provided more than 100 dental procedures to students of this area. Comprehensive dental services will be available to the community and visitors wanting to take advantage of the lower cost dental services available here in Mexico, will help to support the ongoing operations of the dental office.

The new clinic will oversee a “First Response” program on the beaches of Mismaloya, Boca de Tomatlan, Las Animas, Quimixto and Yelapa, to improve emergency response times for victims of heart attacks, stroke and boat related accidents. The aim of this to provide trained response quickly and save lives. Equipment has already been provided from a grant by a consortium of Rotary Clubs in California and training of the First Response Teams is scheduled for January, 2015.

Donation support is key to the success of the Community Clinic. The Clinic needs your help. For more information on donating or volunteering, please contact: