Get to know Hospital San Jose in Navojoa

Last Saturday I read an obituary in the Tucson newspaper for a 52-year-old man who had died from a heart attack while at “his favorite place in Mexico.”

The article gave me pause, because the man was about my age. And it made me wonder how many deaths from sudden cardiac events and other medical emergencies in Mexico and other places could be prevented if people were more aware of available lifesaving emergency medical services in the areas where they live or vacation.

For those of us who love to spend time at our favorite places in Sonora, we accept certain risks that come along with traveling south of the border, and mitigate those risks by taking precautions and traveling safely. But oftentimes we do not consider potential medical emergencies in that planning.

If you plan to spend time in Mexico, do some basic research that could save your life. This is especially important if you are over 40 years old or have an existing medical condition or family history of heart disease or other issues.

Take the time to note the phone number of the local Red Cross and other first responders in the area where you will be staying, so you can quickly contact them in case of an emergency. Then go one step further to research regional hospitals that provide emergency care and trauma services.

If you are in Alamos, Navojoa or other nearby places in Southern Sonora, Mexico, I have done some of the research for you – and would recommend that you get to know Hospital San Jose in Navojoa, Sonora, also known as Clinica Hospital San Jose (CHSJ).

I toured the hospital earlier this month, and as someone who spent a career in and around medical device manufacturing and clinical care, I was impressed. In fact, I was so impressed that I added some of the information and photos from my visit to this website, including a contact form where you can get in touch with CHSJ to ask questions or schedule a visit for a tour.

Hospital San Jose is a modern, well-equipped facility with a talented professional staff who provide an array of world-class services, to include open-heart surgery and neurological surgical procedures. It has: the latest technology equipment; modern imaging technology, to include digital x-rays a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine; laboratory testing and analysis; a cardiac catheterization lab; an intensive care unit; an excellent rehabilitation facility, and basically everything that you would expect to see in a first-class medical facility in a major U.S. metropolitan area.

But don’t just take my word for it – contact the hospital to arrange a tour and visit. Learn about their special programs for international visitors. And get to know the staff and perhaps establish connections between CHSJ and your primary care physician and medical specialists, so that in case of a medical emergency you will be well prepared.

Enjoy your visit to the marvelous state of Sonora, Mexico. And be well.

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