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A total of 1,350 officials will work three shifts 24 hours a day at the specialized center, which will operate in the converted facilities of the National Rehabilitation Center.

In the face of the national emergency caused by COVID-19, the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) is working at full speed to activate a new hospital that joins the Escudo network throughout the country that seeks to combat this threat.

It is a new specialized center, which is being conditioned in the National Rehabilitation Center (CENARE), in La Uruca, which will attend to cases of COVID-19 and will complement the network care and the fight that the Caja and the Government are giving to this disease.

Dr. Román Macaya Hayes, executive president of the CCSS, reported that a group of 1,350 workers will cover, in three shifts, 24 hours a day in this specialized unit that will have personnel of the highest level and that includes professionals and technicians of various areas of health.

Emergeniologists, critical care specialists, respiratory therapists, specialized nurses, laboratory personnel, pharmacy, microbiology, nutritionists, medical imaging, infectologists, instrumentalist nurses for operating rooms, surgeons, among others, are part of the profiles that make up the human resource from this center.

“We are making an extraordinary effort to train our officials, adapt the facilities, equip equipment and fine-tune service protocols,” said the hierarch.

Along with CCSS authorities, the President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado, carried out an inspection on Friday morning of the work being carried out to condition CENARE in a hospital specialized in the care of COVID-19 cases.

Among the works being carried out, there are improvements in the electrical network of all the infrastructure, the installation of new air conditioning equipment, the placement of doors in innocuous materials for the separation of the rooms, the installation of pipes for medical gases and improvements to ceilings and walls.

During the visit, President Alvarado reiterated the recognition of the extraordinary work carried out by the CCSS and all its personnel, for protecting the entire Costa Rican population from the threat of the virus.

The works, which are carried out in 24-hour days, have required the support of nearly 200 workers from the CCSS, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) and various private companies.

Specialized staff

Dr. Mario Ruiz Cubillo, medical manager of the CCSS, said that the operational coordination of this new hospital will be in the hands of Dr. Marco Vargas Salas, a pediatric surgeon, a specialist in trauma surgery with specific training in tactical medicine, a firefighter for 10 years . Vargas, 53, will be accompanied by a group of specialists to consolidate this specialized center. The general management will remain under the leadership of Dr. Roberto Aguilar Tassara and Dr. Pablo Pacheco.

Dr. Jean Carlo Sanabria, emergenciologist, specialist in emergency medicine and pre-hospital medicine, is in charge of the analysis and conformation of medical equipment and supplies.

The CCSS announced this week that with the approval of the Comptroller General of the Republic (CGR) it will acquire, among others, 288 additional mechanical ventilators that will be installed both in the new Escudo hospital and in centers throughout the country.

Dr. Max Morales Mora, an emergency surgeon specializing in area crew and ambulance helicopters, tactical medicine, terrorism and resuscitation, is at the forefront of the formation of the human team that will be deployed in the Uruca.

Morales explained that the formation of human resources has been a challenge and that medical-scientific associations and professional associations have played a fundamental role, as well as hundreds of CCSS workers who have already given their yes to join this challenge.

The specialist said that the staff who will work in the newly formed Escudo hospital must be highly specialized due to the complexity of the cases they will attend.

Camilo Sing Briz, a specialist in occupational medicine and a master’s degree in health services administration, leads the infrastructure part.

The clinical-scientific approach falls to Dr. Marco Vinicio Boza Hernández, intensivist doctor, specialist in critical medicine, infectology, internal medicine and epidemiology.

This contingent will be joined by part of the permanent team of the National Rehabilitation Center (CENARE), who will provide support in various areas of medical disciplines and support services.

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