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Stamford, Conn. – Nov. 22, 2013 – AmeriCares is celebrating 10 years of providing affordable, high-quality medical care in El Salvador. The AmeriCares Family Clinic in rural Santiago de Maria, 70 miles from San Salvador, opened in November 2003 as an alternative to under-resourced public clinics and costly private practices. Since that time, patients have made more than 380,000 visits for primary and specialty care services including obstetrics, gynecology, ophthalmology and dentistry. The clinic, known locally as La Clínica Integral de Atención Familiar, is also well known in the region for its health education programs that draw more than 45,000 people annually.
“Every morning there is a line of people waiting for the clinic to open. Patients travel from up to three hours away for treatment, which is a true testament to the quality of care our staff provides,” said Rachel Granger, AmeriCares vice president of international partnerships & programs. “We are continually expanding the clinic to meet the demand for services.”
The 10,000-square-foot facility is equipped with modern medical equipment, electronic medical records and the technology to perform laboratory exams, mammograms and ultrasounds on site. Many of the services offered at the AmeriCares clinic are not available at public health facilities in the region and are too expensive for most of the population to access at private facilities.
When it first opened, the clinic had 66 patient visits the first month. A decade later, the clinic is averaging about 5,700 patient visits a month.