State-of-the-Art Hospital Now Open in La Penita
Since opening to the public the first week of July, 2012, La Peñita's Real Nayar Hospital has been running smoothly and efficiently.
Built and directed by Dr. Roberto Robles Godinez Sr., this cutting-edge facility on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico is currently offering emergency medical care, basic health care, and surgical services; including a supporting laboratory, pharmacy, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, and personnel to support 15 patient rooms, nursery, and admitting.
This has been long over-due for the La Penita residents and part-time winter residents, and we welcome the new Real Nayar Hospital to the Riviera Nayarit!
At any given time, up to five specialists and four nurses are on staff. Emergency services are available with three ambulances, two modern emergency rooms, and a separate admission’s room. Labor and delivery services include one delivery room and supportive care for complications and treatment of infants; a total of nine infants have been delivered as of August 1, 2012.
Besides basic medical diagnostic equipment, Real Nayar Hospital is equipped with Computed Tomography (CT scans), X-ray, and sonography machines, as well as medical monitors, life support equipment, and medical laboratory equipment.
In addition to services provided, a blood bank is planned to open in the very near future. Currently, the nearest blood bank in the Riviera Nayarit is in San Francisco, otherwise known as San Pancho, located about half-way between La Penita de Jaltemba and Nuevo Vallarta.
On average, the new La Penita hospital is visited by 15 to 20 patients per day, with 2 to 3 admitted overnight. The main clientele so far have been people of the local community, yet this hospital has been designed to accommodate non-nationals as well. According to Paramedic Arturo Gomez Ortiz, no patient will ever be turned away and the hospital will accept international insurance. Most of Real Nayar’s doctors have come from outside the La Penita de Jaltemba, though local doctors can attend their patients.
During a tour of the entire hospital, given by Dr. Roberto Robles Godinez Jr., I was impressed with the cleanliness of every room. There was even toilet paper in the bathrooms!
Several of the private in-patient rooms, all located on the second floor, include a private patio with table and chairs, sink and shower, television, and a couch-like bed for the patient's visitors. An elevator is available for patients and persons with disabilities. These amenities are something I have not seen in Mexico, though I am sure they exist. In addition to the amazing building and services offered, I was surprised by the warmth and friendliness of the entire staff.
As a full time resident of La Penita de Jaltemba, I have had my share of medical issues. With two stays at different hospitals, and assisting friends in the hospital, my experience with the medical care in Mexico has been mostly negative. So, its good to know that the new Hospital Real Nayar in La Penita is here for all of us!
I was reassured that family members would not have to provide 24 hour basic nursing care to the patient, provide basic essentials such as toilet paper and soap, nor run to the pharmacy looking for needed medications that are essential to a patient's survival. I feel extremely confidant that medical care provided by Real Nayar, located in La Penita de Jaltemba on the Riviera Nayarit, is comparable to the same, if not better than, medical services I have received in the United Sates of America.
Directions to Real Nayar Hospital
Feel free to visit the hospital and say hello to the staff and Doctors Roberto Robles Godinez Jr., and Dr. Roberto Robles Godinez Sr., who is also Chief of Staff.
Real Nayar is located 1 block south of the main avenida and 1 block east of the town plaza on the corner of calles Alfredo V. Bonifil and Bahia de Banderas. The Emergency Room entrance is located on Bahia de Banderas. Telephone is (327) 274-3794.
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