Collaboration for the Kids-A Letter from the Executive Director
Collaboration is the Hospital Infantil de las Californias' key to success. Our progress can be summed up perfectly by the simple and succinct quote from Helen Keller who said, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." From the inside out, our facility is kept alive and thriving by hundreds of volunteer medical doctors and support staff that unite to run a cost efficient medical facility offering thousands of children each month low cost or free medical care, as well as education outreach to the entire region.
This effort allows good people to collectively attain incredible results for the largest cross border region in the world. Their common driving passion-no child in need of care will be turned away, regardless of the ability to pay or which side of a border they travel from.
The effort spans beyond individuals, across international boundaries and throughout a continent. Three countries, the USA, Mexico & Canada, each with respective foundations and volunteers, join forces to give children better health and hope.
Our most recent tour to the facility included visitors and dignitaries from the three supporting countries. We were honored to have General Consul Andrew Erickson, from the USA to Mexico, Consul Lisa Stockley, from Canada to the USA, and Consul Alberto Diaz, representing Mexico to the USA, with us as an endorsement of the project, along with the First Lady of Tijuana, Carolina Bustamante.
Our founders, Dr. Elizabeth Jones and Dr. Pedro Gabriel Chong King, graciously escorted our 30 guests through the consultation complex, surgical center, rehab and education rooms in a hospital that is emerging as the compassionate leader in pediatric healthcare in our unique "borderless" region. Dr. Jones and Dr. Chong served as the humble tour guides (who had the vision to create the facility), and we can all now see a little further when we are elevated by these two goliaths of goodwill!
It is hard not to leave the tour with an open heart to help the children. Every visit to the hospital tugs most visitors to the core. We were introduced to two cases of young girls who suffer from Hypertelorism, causing a tragic deformation of their faces. You can find out more about them, and how you can help, in our special case section of this newsletter.
We take great pride in sharing our facility and the good work accomplished there with our friends and supporters. There is no better affirmation than your interest in what we do, how we do it--and the opportunity to show you our progress in person. Our next tour is scheduled for Wednesday, October 2nd. If you haven't had a recent visit, then it is not to be missed. Nothing would give us more joy than if you signed up today to join us!