The cost of construction will be financed with a loan from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, known as Cabei, and Social Security funds /  Social Security courtesy photo.

-Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2019-

New $225 million public hospital planned for Puntarenas

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Social Security announced the construction of a new hospital in the Puntarenas province, which will maintain the same name as the current hospital Monsignor Victor Manuel Sanabria*, with an investment of $225,702,220.

The cost of construction will be financed with a loan from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, known as Cabei, and Social Security funds.

According to the authorities, construction will last approximately three years. The anticipated date of opening will be in 2022.

The hospital will have a construction area of 72,132 square meters. Where there will be a set of ten buildings with five levels each.

The hospital will offer additional medical services such as:

- An emergency room with capacity for 43 beds.

- Surgery area with 12 operating rooms.

- Four rooms for deliveries.

- 64 offices for patient consultation.

The new hospital serves patients from communities such as San Rafael, Chomes, Monteverde, Barranca, Chacarita, and Esparza, among others.

Currently, there are only 3 usable floors out of an original 10 due to the destruction caused by the 2012 earthquake.

The 2012 Costa Rica earthquake occurred on September 5th. The epicenter of the 7.6 magnitude earthquake was in the Nicoya Peninsula.

On Monday, as A.M. Costa Rica reported, officials from Social Security announced a new emergency room will be built at the San Carlos Hospital*, in the northern zone of the country.

According to Dr. Edgar Carrillo-Rojas, general director of the San Carlos hospital, "the new emergency room will cost $8,921,090 and will provide quality care in a more comfortable and spacious facility."

According to Social Security, the construction of the emergency room will be carried out in two stages. The first stage consists of a new construction project of 2,200 m2. The second stage is the remodeling of 800 m2 of the emergency room that is currently in operation at the Hospital.

The Social Security authorities are scheduled to complete the new emergency room building in October. In November it will begin the remodeling of the facilities that are currently in use.

In addition to the emergency facilities, the new building will also offer a pharmacy, laboratory, space for isolating patients, and a waiting room.

The new building will also be equipped with specialized equipment that costs $1,300,000 including vital sign monitors, stretchers, and electrocardiograph machines, among others.

Currently, the Emergency Service has four offices, eight observation beds for adults and four for children, and a room for minor surgery, among other services.

According to Social Security, San Carlos Hospital serves a population close to 220,000 inhabitants and an average of 80,000 emergencies annually.

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