February 2019 Health Newsletter
Greetings to our patients and readers of our newsletter. I apologize for not sending out a newsletter last month. So, I’d like to wish each and every one of you a very HAPPY and HEALTHY 2019. I’d also like to thank all of you who reached out to me and kept my family and I in your thoughts and prayers after the sudden and unexpected passing of my beloved father. Although 2018 was difficult on a personal level for me, I am proud and happy to say that 2018 has been Chapala Med’s most successful years since it’s inception in 2012 and again, it has been to the trust and support of the community and all of the patients who have entrusted their care to the Chapala Med team. Thank you.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women not only in the U.S., Canada and Mexico but in the entire world. Particularly ischemic heart disease is the leading cause of death in the entire world. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable causes of death. Making heart-healthy choices, knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease, having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health are all integral aspects of saving lives from this often silent killer. FEBRUARY IS HEART HEALTH MONTH. Make a difference in your community by spreading the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encouraging those around you to have their hearts check and commit to heart-healthy lives.
As always I’d like to relay information in this newsletter and include articles that I believe will be of great interest and value to the EXPAT population of the Lake Chapala area as well as the Guadalajara metropolitan area. Please feel free to share this newsletter with anybody whom you believe may benefit from the information or articles included within it.
Chapala Med’s excellence in providing Primary Care and networking with the most highly qualified specialists in the entire state continues to be noticed not only on a local and national level, which lead to the current hospital
(Rivera Medical Center)
currently under construction on the Libramiento in Ajijic but also has been vetted by a major university hospital to implement an international partnership to bridge the gap of care between the U.S. and Mexico. I have been very humbled by the articles that the magazine MAXWELL GUADALAJARA has published in 2018 featuring Chapala Med, our team of medical specialists and health advice I recommend. I
am also extremely pleased to make an announcement that has exceeded my wildest dreams and expectations for what I had in mind for Chapala Med. It is with the greatest pleasure that I am announcing that the
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO HOSPITAL
are formalizing a partnership this year. By the end of the month, the patients under our care can have access to the medical care and expertise as well as the facilities of this prestigious hospital.
Although we live in what many consider paradise, access to reputable medical care and trustworthy medical advice seems to be robbing many of the peace of mind and tranquility that many should be enjoying while living here in the Lake Chapala area. The partnership with the University of Chicago will increase the credibility of our healthcare providers and give our patients peace of mind that the advice and care that they receive at Chapala Med is sound and on accordance with the guidelines and advice that world class physicians at the U. of Chicago recommend.
We have noted that other practices this year (2019) are now following our lead and taking several pages out of our book by by publishing their own newsletter, updating their websites to have content similar to ours and although they may state that some may be on staff at certain Guadalajara hospitals, Chapala Med is the only practice with an official affiliation stated on the respective hospital’s website. In the future some may also become affiliated with other local hospitals but none will be able to claim to being pioneers in forming a partnership with a major university hospital in the U.S. Looking ahead and embracing the future is what sets Chapala Med apart from other practices. Our culture of continued learning, improvement and evolution that will make us a NETFLIX while other practices continue to be a BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO franchise.
In closing I’d like to remind our readers of our
MISSION STATEMENT so that you are all aware of what we are striving to accomplish everyday and hold us to this mission.
Santiago R. Hernandez M.D.