The populations of Veron and the surrounding communities have grown dramatically in recent years as the region has become one of the Caribbean’s top tourist destinations. While the creation of jobs and economic opportunity are positives, the pace of growth far outstripped the capacity of the existing medical and educational facilities.
- Veron Rural Health Clinic:
- Medical Missions
- Oscar de la Renta Pediatric Center
In 2006 the Puntacana Foundation led the rehabilitation and co-management of the Veron Rural Health Clinic with The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), The Appalachian College of Pharmacy and the Ministry of Public Health of the Dominican Republic. Previously the clinic had been closed for years, due to lack of public funding and unsafe conditions. This public health facility is the public health facility in the Punta Cana region and provides care for an average of 150 patients daily. The clinic provides: Walk-in consultations, disease prevention for tuberculosis, malaria, and dengue, treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, vaccinations, preventive health care program, HIV-AIDS program, emergency care, pharmacy, laboratory analyses, as well as prenatal and gynecological care, among others.
In 2011 a Pediatric Unit was added to the clinic followed by an Emergency Center in 2013.
Along with a group of associated entities (The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), Instituto de Ciencias Visuales (INCIVI), Clínica Doctor Cedano, Archangel Global Health, Starkey Hearing Foundation, among others) our foundation hold more than 6 Community Medical Missions per year since 2006, aiming to improve the health conditions of the disadvantaged residents of the province La Altagracia. The patients receive, free of charge, health care and medications in general medical practices, dermatology, ophthalmology, audiology and dental care. Also these missions offer Natural Disasters Management, First Responder Training, Mini Med Schools, Preventive Healthcare and Emergency Cares workshops addressed to the medical staff of the regional public health centers, the personnel of the citizen security entities and community leaders as well
The Grupo Puntacana Foundation began the Oscar de la Renta Pediatric Center facilities. The Center will provide primary health care to more than 15,000 disadvantaged children from local communities and will be managed in partnership with the Virginia College Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), the Ministry of Public Health and Servicio Nacional de Salud of Dominican Republic and Akron Children Hospital.