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Table of Contents:
•Best Wishes for the Holidays
•Thank You
•Volunteer Appreciation
•Volunteer Training & Application Form
•Attention Boquete
•Falls Prevention Awarness
•New Music Service
•CPR Update
•Our Mission



Thank you for your generosity and enthusiastic support for all the programs of
Boquete Health and Hopsice

Volunteer Appreciation
Christmas Lunch!

All year long BHH Promoted our activities and mission through our website, newsletter, videos, social media, brochures, and by word of mouth.
Because of OUR VOLUNTEERS…. This year we:
  • Received 395 calls to our phone line.
  • Loaned out 200 pieces of medical equipment – that helped 90 Panamanians, and 110 Expats
  • Made 50 home visits
  • Provided care for 10 hospice and health care patients.
  • Assisted caregivers with 45 meals.
  • Took 500 blood pressures at the Tuesday Market.
  • Collected 100 pints of blood at our blood drives.
  • Which benefited 300 people, potentially saving their lives.
  • Trained 80 people since May in CPR, the Heimlich Maneuver and use of an AED defibrillator machine.
  • Shared helpful Health Topics to the public through our educational presentations.
  • Had successful events because of all the behind the scenes preparations.

BHH Thanks Our Volunteers -  for sharing their time, expertise and compassion.

TOGETHER, as a TEAM - we have made a difference in hundreds of peoples´ lives in our community.  Yeah Team!

WE ARE GRATEFUL TO N&N CATERING – for their donations this year and for the delicious Mexican buffet they prepared for our Christmas Lunch. 

Thanks also go to 2 Guys and a Cooler for providing their tasty brownies!

Pictures are courtesy of our photographer Mike Webber.
Volunteer Training will be held January 20, 22 and 24.  We may still have space available.  If you are interested, click the button below to complete a Volunteer Application form.
Volunteer Application Form
As a result of the effective collaboration between the Ministry of Health (MINSA) and Social Security (CSS),  Dra. Gladys Novoa, Regional Director of Health in the province of Chiriquí, announced Thursday that as of December 1 2019, Boquete will have medical attention 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The schedules available to our users will be: From 7:00 am to 3:00 pm full attention available in both institutions.

From 3:00 to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday care at the Health Center (MINSA next to Romeros) 

During weekends and holidays, attention will be provided from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm at the MINSA facilities and 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the CSS (across from Bomberos)

The new schedule * from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. will be providing attention in the facilities of the Ernesto Pérez Balladares Polyclinic, by the MINSA Health team and the CSS, this thanks to an inter-institutional effort.

This announcement is thus responding to the request made by Boquete citizens to Minister Rosario Turner in the tourist cabinet held on August 2, in this way both the Boquete Health Center and the Ernesto Pérez Balladares Padre Polyclinic They will provide uninterrupted service. It will be provided:
*Medical service*
With the extension of the service, not only will the residents of Boquete benefit, but also the hundreds of tourists who visit the place, the neighboring towns and the residents of the region, who will no longer have to travel to David to be treated.

Tuesday, February 11 - 10:30am - BCP
The Healthy Living Series

Falls Prevention Awareness

Falls are the number one reason people end up in the emergency room. The facts about falls are alarming - and probably surprising:
• One in three adults over the age of 64 falls each year.
• Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in Florida residents over the age of 64.
• Every hour there are 2 deaths and 251 emergency room visits in the US because of a fall.
• 20 - 30% of older adults who fall sustain serious injury.
• Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury, fractures and hospitalization in older adults.

• Even falls without an injury can limit one's mobility and/or cause a fear of falling.

Come to the BHH presentation on Falls Prevention Awareness to see what you can do to avoid a fall.
Presenter: Merl Will-Wallace

Boquete Health and Hospice has a new service called "The Magic of Music"

Our music team includes Val Strahl, Beverly Stearns, Sandy Dillon, Helena Deakin and Chuck High. This team will provide music to any of our BHH patients who request it.  We will ask you to tell us about your favorite music, and then create a personalized playlist for you.  This is a lending program and we will lend you a small digital music player so that you can listen to this personalized music using earbuds. We could lend you cd’s if you prefer.  Music can bring back memories, take our mind off our worries and pains and sometimes change our moods too.  This program serves all patients recovering from illness, surgery or a fall, but it may especially help those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s.  

The Magic of Music to help our patients
CPR Update Looking Back 2019…Looking Forward 2020
CPR planning officially got underway in April 2019 with the first class held in June. Concentrating on training BHH members in CPR first, then to other expats in the community, we held our first Spanish CPR class in November. We have trained over 70 people in CPR and Heimlich maneuvers this year. Thank you all, especially you dedicated CPR instructors, for making this program successful!

Now for 2020. We have a lot to look forward to. Three restaurants have requested their wait help be trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. This is advantageous to us expats, as we are the ones who frequent their establishments. We will also continue holding English-speaking CPR classes, the next one being Thursday, January 16 at 1 pm at the Animales Clinic. If you are interested, please contact Boquete Hospice and Health Foundation. Anyone interested in becoming a CPR instructor, English or bilingual, also contact BHHF.  info@boquetehealth.org
Next CPR Class
Thursday, January 16 - 1 pm
at the Animales Clinic
Our Mission

Our mission is to provide palliative care for the terminally ill in order that they may experience death with dignity and limited pain; to inform and promote community health; and, to support people with health and wellness needs by providing information, equipment and volunteer services.
To Make a Donation
 BHHF functions with donations provided by the community. If you are interested in supporting the work we do, please make a donation.

To make a financial contribution by check or cash contact Merl Will-Wallace,our treasurer,at dharma49@icloud.com to arrange a time and place to pick up your donation.

You can also click here to make an online Paypal donation.

For more information visit our website: http://www.boquetehealth.org

We also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/boqueteheartshandsandhelp/?ref=bookmarks  Please Like our page and share the contents with your family and friends.

All patient information shared with any Boquete Health and Hospice volunteer is kept in the strictest confidence.

To Contact Us

Hospice/Health:  (507) 6781-9250
8am to 8pm only, Please.  

Blood Donor Program: 
WhatApp (507)-6590-2000 or call (507) 6781-9250 8am to 8pm only, Please.

Email:  boquetehospice@gmail.com

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