Finally, the new Hospital Medical Tower Annexation is being inaugurated, although only the first floor and only provisionally. This was announced by Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) authorities during President Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera’s tour on the morning of Friday, April 15.
The new Medical Tower, which will benefit 140,000 people from the cantons of Hojancha, Nandayure, Nicoya and Santa Cruz, was supposed to be inaugurated at the end of 2015, then during the first quarter of 2016 and finally, it will be opened provisionally in April.
Amongst the sounds of machines and the hospital environment, the president visited the first, second and third floors of the new structure, where the services of obstetrics and gynecology, the administrative area, the intermediate care unit and the pediatrics and neonatology modules are located.
The president was accompanied by Maria del Rocio Saenz, executive president of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, and by authorities and medical personnel.
Saenz referred to the shortage of medical specialists in the Nicoyan hospital, explaining that this year in August, a cardiologist will begin to care for patients with heart conditions.
Currently, the Nicoyan hospital lacks medical specialties in cardiology, geriatrics and nephrology (kidney disease).
Solis pointed out that this is a joint effort that has been in process since the previous administration of former president Laura Chinchilla and has been continued under the current administration.
“The money that is here is not of the former president, Laura Chinchilla, nor is it mine. The money comes from the people who pay taxes. It is an absurd debate to not see the efforts of previous, current and future administrations,” he indicated.
In addition, he added, “I am satisfied with this work and the provisional [opening]. A work of this size is the combined result of several players. We have a threshold of growth, especially in a population that has the longest longevity, that grows up and grows old.”
He also said, “It is true that when we leave here, we have to look at the ground in order to not fall (due to the poor condition of some sidewalks), but I invite you to look up at the five floors of this beautiful work.”
The construction project for the new Medical Tower at La Anexion Hospital began in January of 2014. Currently the first stage is completed, which consists of five floors with elevators, stairs, 136 beds, incubators, respirators for adults and children, wide aisles and facilities that are heated, secure and comfortable.
The second phase of this project starts in June with the renovation of outpatient services, the pharmacy, laboratory, medical imaging, medical records and the administrative area.
The last stage is planned for 2017 with nutrition modules and operating rooms. The total cost of the works is ¢18 billion ($34,286,000).