The Andean Health & Development Advisory Board recently approved plans to work on a second site in Ecuador! The facility will include a 40-bed hospital, a Physician Residency & Nurse Training facility, and a Global Health Research Center.
Santo Domingo has a population of 400,000 and is grossly underserved. Because of its central location, it is attractive for residents coming from other parts of Ecuador. Employees can be selected from within Santo Domingo, preventing the high cost of importing personnel from Quito.
Currently, there is one public hospital in the city and a number of very small private clinics. However, they cannot meet the demand for health care services. Many people from the surrounding countryside travel to Santo Domingo in hopes of finding services, as they are so difficult to encounter in the countryside. Many of the poor go untreated and endure grave consequences.
Beyond the building itself in Santo Domingo, the risk of needing to cover large operating deficits is quite small. This hospital will recover its monthly expenses within one year because of the high demand for quality health services by individuals and families, coupled with the high demand for quality education by medical and nursing students.
The new hospital will provide the public with comprehensive health services - rarely available at public hospitals.