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The Hospital

The hospital cares for roughly 25,000 patients per year and performs about 1,200 surgical procedures per year. We serve a primary catchment area of roughly 75,000 patients and take referrals from physicians, nurses, and Public Health facilities from all over Honduras.

The hospital cares for roughly 25,000 patients per year and performs about 1,200 surgical procedures per year. We serve a primary catchment area of roughly 75,000 patients and take referrals from physicians, nurses, and Public Health facilities from all over Honduras.  Roughly 80 % of new patients now come from outside of our primary catchment area.

Hospital Loma de Luz is a full-service hospital which provides high level modern medical care including General Medical Clinics, Laboratory & Pharmacy, General Inpatient and Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine & Surgery, , Obstetrics, Pediatrics and a broad spectrum of Surgical Care including Orthopedics.  The Hospital Loma de Luz is staffed by North American ( & European) medical professionals on full-time, long-term missionary assignments.  They work together with and provide ongoing training to Honduran nurses and medical technician employees.

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Departments and Services Provided

Hospital Specifications

Volunteer Opportunities at Hospital Loma de Luz

long term missionary opportunities

We consider long-term to be a minimum of a 1-year commitment. We welcome all specialties to submit an application, but our greatest needs are:

  • Primary care physicians (internal medicine or family practice)
  • CRNA or Anesthesiologist 
  • Nurses
  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Physician Associate
  • Physical Therapist 
  • Nurse Practitioner 

short term missionary opportunities

We require a minimum 2-week trip for first-time volunteers in the general medical clinic. We have limited translator services available for physicians. Our most pressing short-term volunteer needs are for anesthesia providers, but we welcome all to fill out the volunteer application. 
  • Primary care physicians (internal medicine or family practice)
  • OB/GYN
  • CRNA or Anesthesiologist 
  • Nurses (fluent Spanish usually necessary)

Medical Students and Residents

We accept 4th-year medical students to do rotations with us who are conversant in Spanish and can work independently of a translator. We also accept residents in good standing with their program to rotate with us. Medical residents have the option of working with a translator, but must pay the cost of their translator. Medical students and residents must be able to commit for a 2-4 week length of service to be considered. Medical students and residents will work in the general medical clinic attending patients under the direction of Attending Physicians. They will also work as part of the care team for any patients admitted to the hospital and help oversee their inpatient care. Rotations are available only in the sphere of family medicine. We are NOT able to provide elective rotations in specific sub-specialties (i.e., pediatrics, Ob/Gyn, Surgery, etc.).

Representative Charges to Patients

We believe we should charge the patient for care so that:

a.)  we do not rob the patient of the dignity of participating in all ways in his/her own care and the care of their family members;

b.) we avoid creating the dependency and the resentful sense of entitlement that is the natural consequence of hand-out economics, and c.) we are the best stewards of God’s resources that we can be.  We intentionally work hard to do charity well.

At the same time, we are acutely aware of: a.) the true poverty of many of our patients; b.) the scriptural commission to care for the poor and helpless, and c.) the heart of Christ in us hurting for the hurting of others.  We consciously work hard to avoid losing sight of our calling. 

The resultant tension between these two valid perspectives requires on-going monitoring and adjustment. 

  • No patient is ever turned away from Hospital Loma de Luz because he or she cannot pay.
  • No patient should be denigrated to be considered a helpless beggar because of his or her appearance, background, or ethnicity.
  • When the actual cost to patient of Public Health care is considered ( fees + materials + food + bed clothing + equipment + medications +etc…. all of which the patient/ patient’s family must provide in the Public Health system), our charges generally parallel or are less than the Public Health system. But our care-to-patient is generally worlds better.

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