Free primary care (including general medicine, gynecology and pediatrics)
Free dental and ophthalmology services
Free infirmary and emergency care
Health education programs, hypertension and diabetes control support groups, an anti-parasite program and a vaccination program
Funds surgeries such as hysterectomies, kidney transplants, gallbladder removals, joint replacements and pacemaker insertions
A volunteer program for American and Bolivian physicians, nurses, medical students and other healthcare workers
Centro Medico Humberto Parra is the realization of the dream of Dr. Douglas Villarroel, a Bolivian Endocrinologist, and Dr. Susan Hou, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Renal Transplant Program at Loyola University Medical Center.
Centro Medico opened in 2001. Soon staff were seeing 100 patients a day and distributing free medicine to Bolivians in need. Over the last 5 years the clinic has had an estimated 18,000 patient visits and has worked to improve the health and overall quality of life of 12 Bolivian communities.
Milton Parra owned thousands of acres of land throughout the countryside near Santa Cruz. The land was largely used for agricultural purposes. In 2000, Milton Parra's health was failing him. He was a patient of Centro Medico Director Dr. Douglas Villarroel, a well-respected Endocrinologist in Santa Cruz. Mr. Parra talked with Dr. Villarroel about dedicating his land to help the Bolivian people and to fight the destruction of the Bolivian rain forest.
Dr. Villarroel decided to make a call to his American friend, Dr. Susan Hou, knowing of her interest in preserving the environment in Bolivia. Dr. Hou traveled to Bolivia to look at the land. Dr. Villarroel and Dr. Hou discussed building a free medical clinic for the poor on a portion of Parra's land and ensuring that further deforestation on any donated land would not occur. Liking their idea, Milton Parra agreed to donate property and asked that it be named after his father. This was the beginning of Centro Medico Humberto Parra.
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