Health Care Resources Puerto Vallarta

Newsletter – January 2011

As we finish up the last week of 2010, it is a time to reflect on the past year. We have accomplished a lot of great things and are proud! We have learned a lot, come up with some new and innovative ideas and it is with great anticipation that we move forward into the New Year. So, hold on to your hats and prepare for a January that is jam-packed with our regular clinics, some new clinics and as well, some great programs.

HealthCare PLUSCard Program

We are continually adding benefits to this discount program which is turning out to be a great success! Check out details at:

Note! We highly recommend that you follow Not only is this the most informative website on anything and everything going on in the bay, but as well, I will have detailed articles on many of the items listed below. You can go to their home page, scroll to the bottom and click on the HealthCare Resources icon – it will take you to all of our articles.

Emergency Services: Important number to put in your cell phone and on the fridge! Ambulancias Intermedic: 225-9289 or 145-6216. This is a 24-7 private ambulance company that I highly recommend.

These are the four most important points regarding your health care if you are here full time or part time:

1) Register with your consulate.

2) Make sure you have insurance that covers you in the area.

3) Establish yourself with a personal physician.

4) Remember that you must keep your own medical record here.

For assistance, or questions regarding the above, please contact me!

Blog: For some informative articles along with some “fun stuff” you can follow my blog at You can sign up to receive updates automatically.

Northern Banderas Bay Program

With the northern part of the bay growing by leaps and bounds, we are pleased to announce a new clinic that has opened in San Pancho with a couple of others planned to be opening in the next few months. I will be spending more time “out that way” and I would like to put together a separate email list for those living in that area. Please email me if you would like to be included in this list. We are working on a “HealthCare PLUS Card Program” specifically for these areas!

Events Calendar

This is way too long to include in this newsletter – but if you are interested in a copy, please let me know. I have done my best to put together an events calendar for all charity events in the area, so people may plan accordingly.

Now, grab a cup of coffee, your calendar and see what’s happening in January.

A few “ground-rules”:

An item with a double star (**) Indicates a discount for PLUS Card members.

Each and every appointment must be made via HealthCare Resources and not directly with the physician/clinic.

Remember that these are screening clinics only.

January 3, 2011

6pm – Clinica Integra

Are you thinking about plastic surgery? Botox? Hair removal? Liposuction? Join us as we casually present and tour Clinica Integra with a plastic surgeon and dermatologist, presenting great information on all of these (and more!) types of procedures and services.

No charge.

January 4, 2011

9am – Breakfast with a Cardiologist – Hospital Medasist – 4th floor

An informal chat session with one of our three bi-lingual cardiologists to ask questions and learn about new cardiac information. These have proven to be quite popular in the past. Not a consult, but a great question and answer session.

No charge.

January 10, 2011

12:30 pm – Vallarta Yacht Club Nuevo Vallarta

I will be doing a presentation on General Healthcare Information for the area.

No charge (Lunch is great – not included).

January 11, 2011

10:00 am – Caring for Your Ears! Dr. Javier Diaz-Nuñez – CMQ Premier Hospital

Dr. Diaz-Nuñez is a fabulous ENT (patients rave about him!). He will speak on caring for your ears, ear problems specific to our area and lots of other interesting ear info!

No charge

January 12, 2011

10am – What’s New in Alzheimer’s Disease – Dra. Adi Dominguez – Hospital Cornerstone

Dra. Dominguez will present information on cognitive testing for Alzheimer’s and what is new in treatment.

No charge.

January 13, 2011

Time and location pending- Dra. Paty Villanueva (Podiatrist)

Our feet receive a beating each and every day, especially on the cobblestones. Learn how to care for your feet (especially if you are diabetic), pedicure safety and many other issues.

No charge.

January 14, 2011

Chest Clinic with an oncologist, cardiologist and radiologist.

Receive a chest x-ray and then have it evaluated for cancer screening, heart size (Pneumonology and Cardiopathy).

Cost: 1,400 pesos **

January 15, 2011

Presentation in San Pancho on General Healthcare Information including insurance information, end of life decisions – the works. As well, we will be planning a February program for San Pancho. Email me for details, times and location.

No charge.

January 17, 2011

Eye Clinic

Complete evaluation of your eyes including vision test and test for glaucoma.

Cost: 400 pesos **

January 18, 2011

Foot Clinic

Complete exam and evaluation of your feet! Podiatrist will check your skin, toenails, scan of your feet to check balance and foot arches (to check blood flow).

Cost: 300 pesos **

January 19, 2011

Ear Clinic

State of the art equipment used to “see inside of your ears” and clean if necessary. This is not a hearing test!

Cost: 375 pesos

January 20, 2011

10:00 am – “Skin Care in the Tropics” by Dra. Alma Vargas – Hospital Cornerstone

With the sun and humidity that we have in the area, skin care is an absolute must!

No charge.

January 21, 2011

Mammogram Clinic

Digital mammogram, manual exam and ultrasound (if necessary).

Cost: 920 pesos **

January 24, 2011

Menopause and Me!

This is going to be GREAT (and fun!) ! I have wanted to do this program for years – and we are finally doing it! With (female) GYN, Cardiologist, Psychiatrist and Mental Health Therapist learn (with some humor!) anything and everything about the “Big M”. This is an all morning event and space is limited. Sign up now!

Cost: 50 pesos (PLUS members, no charge)

Includes continental breakfast.

January 25, 2011

Women’s Health Clinic

Complete exam including pelvic exam, Pap smear, consult and colposocopy performed by a bi-lingual female GYN.

Cost: 775 pesos **

January 26, 2011

Skin Clinic

Check your skin from scalp to toes by an oncologist, looking for Skin Cancer.

Cost: 275 pesos **

Ongoing: (all at discounted prices!)

Colonoscopy – Discounted price. Just do it!

Men’s and Women’s Complete Health Check-ups

Cardiology Check Ups

Remember that HealthCare Resources is contracted with 26 physicians – all specialties. We are very proud of our physicians! We are very picky about the physicians that we use! And remember, there is no added fees for HCR to make your appointment with the physicians. This is what we do!

Los Mangos Library Subasta: We are working very hard to make this a truly outstanding event! Come out and support Los Mangos Library – we are desperate for funds!! Los Mangos is not only a library, but a true, community center. January 28, 2011 – 6pm. Food, art auction, silent auction, fixed price auction and a raffle to rival any that has ever been done in the area! We still need volunteers to assist with the event, some food donors, prize donors – anything and everything! PLEASE! Contact me for information! And mark your calendars for March 5, 2011 for the First Annual Chile Cook-off to benefit Los Mangos. I know there are loads of great “chile-chefs” out there. Put your talent to use, have fun, try for the grand prize – all the benefit the library. Please contact me as to how you can help Los Mangos survive!

The nights have been pretty chilly here! We need blankets – for newborns at Hospital Regional to the Asilo (Old Folks Home). Also, we are always in need of medical supplies – from bandages to medications, diabetic supplies to Tylenol. I have put together a brand new “Wish List” for local charities and those in need. Please email me if you would like a copy!

We wish you the happiest, most prosperous and healthy 2011! We are here to assist with ALL of your healthcare needs! We look forward to in 2011, expanding and improving our services. Please do not hesitate contacting me with your comments, ideas, suggestions – anything!


Pamela Thompson

Phone 322 107 7007