As volunteers helping with housing, education and improved health care in Nicaragua for more than ten years now, we have watched Clinica Verde emerge as a mere idea into the most beautiful model of health care we could have ever imagined possible.
This rural medical clinic and healthy-living educational facility is almost beyond the imagination of anyone who witnesses the care and concern offered to families who come there for help. As I have told our American friends who ask about Clinica Verde, "You would be proud and very comfortable seeking treatment for your own health needs at this rural health clinic. It is a welcoming place of comfort and care that is seldom, if ever, seen in developing countries."
Clinica Verde is a brilliant realization of so much hard work and an amazing dream.
We are so impressed with the entire operation, from the environmental planning to the skillful execution of bringing together locals and volunteers from around the globe. It's rare to find a non-profit with such a beautiful balance of organization and sustainable holistic approach to providing care; Clinica Verde is just that!
I recently visited Clinica Verde for the first time and was amazed to see firsthand how it has brought health and hope to Nicaragua. CV is not only providing basic healthcare, but also pre natal and post natal care, sexual reproduction and dietary / nutritional education in a clean, friendly, and positive environment. From the bio-intensive garden and architectural design which conserves resources to the compassionate and helpful staff, I was very impressed with CV's operations. Clinica Verde's annual report proves that this global, sustainable, and innovative prototype is making a big difference.
I just returned from my third visit to Nicaragua where I was able to tour, for a second time, the facilities at Clinica Verde in Boaco. Walking through the clinic, I was reminded of the non-profit's early promise to create a new model of healthcare in which patient experience is central. Indeed, this is what has been accomplished. Examination rooms feel less like "patient quarters" and more like well-lighted personal spaces, full of fresh air and sunlight that are clean without feeling antiseptic. It's easy to see how the clinic is able to draw thousands of first-time patients to its facilities for pre-natal care and wellness check-ups on an annual basis. Our First World healthcare system would be well served to consider the approach to patient care and patient experience being modeled by Clinica Verde in struggling Nicaragua. This is feel-good healthcare at its best by any economic measure.
When I met Susan Dix Lyon, Clinica Verde was a dream. In such a short time, it has become an extremely successful clinic serving 1200 women and children each month. Now the same team is reaching out to teenagers to teach them about health, about birth control, about foods. The outstanding Board of Clinica Verde has set goals and reached them and continues to guide with expanded vision. The results are seen in the dedicated doctors, nurses and team who provide clinical care as well as health and nutician eduacation every day of the year with families who previously had no where to go for aid. Every email that comes tells of more successes for these people who live in or near rural Boaco in northern Nicaragua. It is an honor to have helped support them monthly from the very beginning.
Clinica Verde is a leading example of a well run, great non-profit that is doing what it set out to do. As the visions of this group grow and expand, so do their accomplishments. Death, deformity and severe illness were frequent visitors in the homes of this very rural spot in Nicaragua. With great vision, the founders of Clinica Verde built their clinic and, in a very short span, have given sick patients hope and life and are giving the community vitality. The hospital has opened doors to maternal and infant care where nothing was available before. Word has spread quickly among the villagers and patients find their way to the open doors and caring hearts of the well qualified doctors and nurses. Ah that many of the non-profits I have worked on could acclaim such success and look forward with the same outreach as Clinica Verde.
Clinica Verde shows how dedicated, good people can make a real difference in people's lives.
I am a proud supporter of CV because I know that this clinic is having a lasting impact on those who, as a Christian, I am called to love and support. It is inspiring how much Clinica Verde has accomplished in a relatively short period of time.
Most non-profits start with a wonderful idea. Few, unfortunately, are able to convert that idea to reality. Sometimes, it's a lack of funding. Sometimes, it's a lack of follow-through. Sometimes, they build it but nobody cares, and nobody comes.
Clinica Verde is the trifecta of nonprofits, putting it into very rarefied air. It was started as a dream, as a vision, of what was needed and what might help, in one of the poorest countries on this planet. It was developed by a not so small group of some highly experienced, highly gifted, and very caring people, who all believed that it could be done, and that it should be done. They were able to attract the right people, at the right time, and get just enough support and momentum moving in their favor that it crossed Malcolm Gladwell's "tipping point" and became a reality.
And, to our third point: did they come? Oh, my, yes they did. More than 14,000 patient visits in their first full year of operation. Does that provide any readers with any greater appreciation of just how badly such a clinic was needed, and just how much assistance it's providing? 14,000 patients, in one year!! Incredible!!!
Well done, Clinica Verde. Well done, Board of Directors. Well done, to all the donors out there who get the vision, see how the needs are being met, and want to continue to find ways to really make a difference in the lives of others on this planet Earth. Together, we all can make a difference, and we are, 14,000+++ patients (and growing) at a time!
And, just one more thing: we should not forget that one of the founding premises of this clinic was to devise a plan that could be repeated again and again, in other parts of the world, where the need for medical care is just as acute.
Bravo. Let's keep it going!! The need will never end. Nor should our support.
Ken Moll and Dr. Nancy L. Carteron
I have seldom, if ever, encountered a vision of caring and a desire to help those so much less fortunate than us come to life with such enthusiasm, vigor, and ongoing success. Driven by the passion of its vision, with careful and considerate oversight by its Board of Directors, Clinica Verde is on its way to becoming a reality. And beyond its locale in a deeply impoverished setting where is getting ready to serve the under-served in an environmentally sensitive and sustainable manner, it is also focused on creating a replicable model that can be used over and over in other parts of the world - as the need is just as great elsewhere as it is in this one place. Clinica Verde deserves our prayers, our praise, and our support.
Clinica Verde is a beautiful organization that is not only providing medical care but is also making a long term impact in the community that it serves. I was given an amazing opportunity to travel to Nicaragua and visit Clinica Verde. As a healthcare provider, I was so impressed with the treatment they provided, along with preventative care with outcome based monitoring to insure they are truly making an impact with the services they provide. I was so inspired and in awe with how caring and compassionate the medical staff was in providing healing and education for their patients. I saw families smiling and joyfully waiting to be seen in this place of refuge. You could tell that they just felt loved and cared for which gave them hope and that is a beautiful thing to witness. For these reasons, I support Clinica Verde and I know my donation is being used to make a positive difference to easy suffering in the world.
Not only was I fortunate enough to make the trip to Nicaragua to see Clinica Verde with my own eyes - I was fortunate enough to see the clinic open and operating and serving numerous local women, men and children - the families who are so in need of Clinica Verde. I could not only see, but feel the sincere love and gratitude from both the people being served and the people serving at the clinic.
I was overwhelmed by the commitment of both the local staff and the CV board members . The level of commitment and dedication to Clinica Verde was truly inspirational . .. And I see CV as a model project with much growth and success in the years to come.
I've been a journalist for 30 years, including a decade in Latin America. I met founder Susie 20 years ago in Central America and am astounded at the work she, her husband and staff have accomplished. Countries like Nicaragua really need places like Clinica Verde.
Peter J. Brennan