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HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta
"...for all of your health care needs."


HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta
Website: HealthCareResourcespv.com
Email: info(at)healthcareresourcespv.com
Tel: (322) 222-9638
Mobile: 044-322-107-7007
Nextel: 145-6912
Whether you are here on vacation or here to stay, it is important to know where to find the right physician or health care practitioner when you need one.

An independent resource network that provides total multi-faceted health and well-being services, HealthCare Resources offers multiple no-charge and minimal charge services to both residents and visitors in the Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay area, acting as a comprehensive solution for all of your health care needs.

Services offered include physician referrals (all specialties,) claim preparation, home care services, plastic and orthopedic surgery, surgical packages (including bariatric,) and insurance sales.

Clinical services include mammogram, health exams (for both men and women) and skin exams among other services. Non-clinical services include English-speaking assistance to help you find the right doctor, physician referrals, insurance claim services and various support group services.

Informative Speakers Programs are extensive and cover today's relative health topics such as cardiac care, weight loss surgery, breast health, prostate health, skin care, local hospital services, menopause, cancer, diabetes, and end of life decisions within our area, among others.

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta has quickly become the community's information center for health care services, programs, and medical needs in the Puerto Vallarta area and currently works with 26 board certified, professional physicians along with every local private hospital in the area.

Created to assist you in a sensitively personalized and caring manner, HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta is committed to providing you with the most up-to-date health information and services. For more information, visit HealthCareResourcespv.com.


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March HealthCare Resources Vallarta News & Clinics
Pamela Thompson

We have a full month of clinics coming up, all focused on your health and well-being. These are screening clinics only, no procedures are performed, and can only be booked through HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta.

2014 Conference Proves Mexico Medical Tourism Thrives
Kent Paterson

Price. Quality. Technology. That was the triple message Dr. Octavio Gonzalez had for attendees of the Medical Matters 2014 conference held last week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The brisk turnout was a sign of PV's rebounding tourism, as well as the growth of its expat population.

Puerto Vallarta Medical Matters Conference, February 10
Pamela Thompson

Puerto Vallarta's annual Medical Matters Conference, a no charge community healthcare event featuring options for the Banderas Bay Community regarding day to day well-being and emergency healthcare needs, will be held at the Marriott Resort on February 10, 2014 from 9 am to 5 pm.

HealthCare Resources Vallarta January News & Clinics
Pamela Thompson

It’s a new year, fresh pages, resolutions and a good time to take care of some of those health-related matters you have been putting off. To start the year off right, HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta has many clinics planned and the return of our speakers programs in January.

November 2013 Puerto Vallarta Health News and Clinics
Pamela Thompson

November always seems to bring a new energy to the Banderas Bay area as our 'snowbirds' return. We hope that you'll take care of your health first – social stuff second! Here's a list of HealthCare Resources' November clinics and other information for Vallarta residents and visitors.

October 2013 Puerto Vallarta Health News and Clinics
Pamela Thompson

The summer season is coming to an end and we look forward to our 'snowbirds' returning for the season. We are looking forward to a 'super season' with many new speakers programs and clinics being added in the upcoming months. Here's a list of the scheduled clinics for October.

HealthCare Resources Vallarta Summer News & Clinics
Pamela Thompson

HealthCare Resources has a variety of clinics scheduled for August. No clinics are scheduled in September - but of course, we will be available for your medical needs. We'll return in full force with our regular clinics, plus some new ones, come October.

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta Summer News
Pamela Thompson

Things are really heating up here in the Banderas Bay region, so be sure to stay cool and hydrated! No matter the weather, HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta will continue to offer health clinics throughout the summer. Here's a list of the scheduled clinics for June and July 2013.

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta April News
Pamela Thompson

Things are heating up here in the Banderas Bay region, so be sure to stay cool and hydrated! As we move in to the Spring/Summer months, remember that all of HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta's clinics continue year round, except in September. Here's what's in store this month.

HealthCare Resources Vallarta March News & Clinics
Pamela Thompson

Semana Santa/Spring Break is around the corner and many of our "snowbirds" will be leaving Vallarta. As in the past, we do not schedule clinics during these two holiday weeks, but we have many planned from March 13th-22nd, and are always available for your healthcare needs.

Medical Matters Conference Speakers - Part 3
Pamela Thompson

Meet physicians, ask questions, learn about local labs, diagnostic centers and hospitals – any and every thing to do with your health and well-being - during the Vallarta Medical Matters Conference on February 11, 2013. Here's a line-up of some of our featured speakers.

Medical Matters Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mark Koenig
Pamela Thompson

HealthCare Resources and the US Consular Agent are very proud to present Dr. Koeneig as our keynote speaker at this year’s Medical Matters Conference, scheduled to take place on Monday, February 11 from 9 am to 6 pm at the CasaMagna Marriott Resort & Spa in Marina Vallarta.

More 2013 Medical Matters Conference Speakers
Pamela Thompson

Puerto Vallarta Medical Matters sponsors are proud to be hosting some very distinguished physicians as featured speakers at this year's conference, including Registered Dietician Nathalie Batilliot, and Puerto Vallarta Dentist Dr. Octavio Lomeli-Gonzalez.

2013 Vallarta Medical Matters Conference Speakers
Pamela Thompson

Puerto Vallarta Medical Matters sponsors are proud to be hosting some very distinguished physicians as featured speakers this year, including Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Alberto Marron McNaught and Mariners Insurance Mexico International Business Director, Roberto Castellaños.

Puerto Vallarta Medical Matters Conference, February 11
Pamela Thompson

Puerto Vallarta's annual Medical Matters Conference, a no charge community healthcare event featuring options for the Banderas Bay Community regarding day to day well-being and emergency healthcare needs, will be held at the Marriott Resort on February 11, 2013 from 9 am to 6 pm.

Healthcare Resources Breast Bonanza Event
Pamela Thompson

If you are a woman, you will not want to miss Health Care Resources' Breast Bonanza! This free and informative event will take place from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at O’Rourke and Associates in Plaza Marina.

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta January News
Pamela Thompson

Welcome 2013 and welcome back to all of Vallarta's snowbirds! We decided to skip clinics in December due to the hectic holiday pace for our physicians, but now we are ready to get back in to the swing of things with many clinics planned and the return of our speakers programs.

Puerto Vallarta Health News November 2012
Pamela Thompson

Happy November from HealthCare Resources! Pamela will be sending out a full newsletter with lots of bells and whistles very soon which will also include a full list of all of the upcoming clinics and speakers for December, but for now - check out what's happening this month.

October 2012 Puerto Vallarta Health News
Pamela Thompson

An independent resource network that provides total multi-faceted health and well-being services, HealthCare Resources not only acts as a comprehensive solution for all of your health care needs in Puerto Vallarta, but also gives you the inside scoop on some of this fall's upcoming events.

Puerto Vallarta Health News: Summer 2012
Pamela Thompson

Here at HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta, we are combining our July and August newsletter for several reasons - the main one being that I am behind! But we have plenty of health screening clinics scheduled for July and August to keep you healthy throughout the summer months.

Dr. Hector Escoto Explains Spider Veins
Pamela Thompson

Spider Veins are quite common, more so in women than in men. HealthCare Resources interviewed Puerto Vallarta Vascular Specialist and Surgeon, Dr. Hector Escoto to learn a bit more about this condition, and how you can reduce the risk of developing them.

Puerto Vallarta Health News: June 2012
Pamela Thompson

Things are really heating up here in the Banderas Bay region, so be sure to stay cool and hydrated! No matter the weather, HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta will continue to offer health clinics throughout the summer months. (We will be vacationing in September.)

Puerto Vallarta Health News: May 2012
Pamela Thompson

We have a full month of clinics coming up, including a couple of new ones - Men’s Urology and a Cardiology clinic. Held in various locations, these are screening clinics only, no procedures are performed, and can only be booked through HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta.

Medical Matters Welcomes Dr. Kathlyn Ignacio
Pamela Thompson

Puerto Vallarta Medical Matters Conference sponsors are proud to be hosting some very distinguished physicians as featured speakers this year, including the Associate Medical Director of Sharp Rees-Stealy's Occupational Medicine Department, Dr. Kathlyn Ignacio.

February 6: PV Medical Matters Conference
Pamela Thompson

Puerto Vallarta's annual Medical Matters Conference, a no charge community healthcare event featuring options for the Banderas Bay Community regarding day to day well-being and emergency healthcare needs, will be held at the Marriott Hotel on February 6, 2012 from 9 am to 7 pm.

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta January 2012 Newsletter
Pamela Thompson

With the start of a new year, it is a time to reflect on the past year. We have accomplished a lot of great things and are proud! So, hold on to your hats and prepare for a January that is jam-packed with our regular clinics, some new clinics, and lots of charity events to attend.

HealthCare Resources PV Presentations
Pamela Thompson

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta has two presentations planned that you won't want to miss. On Nov. 11th, two bi-lingual cardiologists will go over 'What's New in Cardiology,' and learn 'Everything You Need to Know About HealthCare in the Banderas Bay Area' on the 16th.

HealthCare Resources' New Vascular Clinic
Pamela Thompson

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta is proud to present a new Vascular Clinic. This is a screening clinic with Dr. Escoto, a bilingual vascular surgeon who'll check on your leg and feet circulation. Clinics are scheduled for October 17, November 21 and December 28, 2011.

HealthCare Resources PV October Newsletter
Pamela Thompson

High season is just around the corner – and HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta has the October/November/December event calendar ready! Be aware that there might be some additions – but at least now, you can take a look at the next three months and plan accordingly.

New Healthcare PLUSCard Benefits Announced
Patrick Harrison

After eight years of being the most trusted go-to resource for residents and visitors' health and well-being, Pamela Thompson and HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta are thrilled to offer the new PLUSCard; a comprehensive solution for all your healthcare needs.

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta January 2011 Newsletter
Pamela Thompson

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! 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.

Dr. Curiel on Cardiac Stress Testing
Pamela Thompson

HealthCare Resources is pleased to work closely with Dr. Adolfo Curiel, a bi-lingual cardiologist. As we move through various topics/interviews with our physicians, we have interviewed Dr. Curiel regarding treadmill stress testing.

Galeria Pacifico's Tuesday Morning Sculpture Walks
Pamela Thompson

Sometimes, when we live or spend any length of time in Puerto Vallarta, we can’t see the forest for the trees. Though I've known for several years about the Sculpture Walks that Gary Thompson gives at 9:30 on Tuesday mornings, I never found the time to participate until recently - and I'm glad I did!

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta December 2010 Newsletter
Pamela Thompson

There's so much going on in Vallarta in December that we've decided not to have any of our monthly clinics. But wait until you see what we have planned for January 2011! Our theme will be 'New Year - Explore Your Health Options' as we offer a non-stop round of clinics, speakers programs & seminars.

Wow! Does Bucerias Know How to Throw a Party!
Pamela Thompson

At the Bucerías Chile Cook-off, a fun-filled event held on November 26th to benefit local charities, the prize for 'most popular chile' was won by Puerto Vallarta’s very own Sid Goodman. His small contingent of Puerto Vallarta supporters cheered like proud parents as he received the award.

PV Medical Expo Exceeded Expectations
Pamela Thompson

The PV Medical Expo, sponsored by the US Consular Agency, Hotel Marriott and HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta on November 22, was a huge success. Approximately 500 people passed through a huge salon at the CasaMagna Resort gathering information from nearly 35 healthcare providers.

PV Medical Expo Key Speaker Schedule
Pamela Thompson

During the upcoming Medical Expo on November 22 from 9 am to 7 pm at the Marriott Marina Vallarta, you can attend free and informative speakers programs covering a range of today's relative health topics such as arthritis, sexual health, cardiac care, cancer treatment and health care reform.

Transportation to the PV Medical Expo
Pamela Thompson

The US Consular Agent, the Hotel Marriott and HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta would like to remind everyone of the upcoming Medical Expo on November 22 at the Hotel Marriott Marina Vallarta. We are pleased to offer round trip transportation for our friends in the northern part of the bay!

Bravo to the Hotel Marriott!
Pamela Thompson

I recently had the opportunity to witness some outstanding customer service provided by the Hotel Marriott staff. This type of service is commendable and one we can all learn from. As ambassadors of Vallarta, we must take every visitor's request to heart and treat it with patience and respect.

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta November 2010 Newsletter
Pamela Thompson

We welcome back our "snowbirds"! The rains are gone, the weather’s gorgeous and we are anticipating an outstanding high season. It was a bit difficult to actually make a schedule of clinics due to the multitude of activities going on throughout the Bay of Banderas in November, but we managed!

Interview with Vallarta Psychiatrist Dra. Adi Dominguez
Pamela Thompson

We all seem to be touched by either a family member or friend who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease. Though the research continues, to date, there is no 'cure.' We interviewed Dra. Adi Dominguez, a local psychiatrist who specializes in geriatrics about any pre-disease testing and prevention.

SkyMed Air Evacuation to Participate in PV Medical Expo
Pamela Thompsom

Though we have state of the art medical facilities in Puerto Vallarta, there are situations when a patient needs to be transported back to their 'home.' For this reason, we are pleased to have SkyMed Air Evacuation participate in the PV Medical Expo on November 22nd at the Hotel Marriott.

Check-up Package for Men at Clinica Anku
Pamela Thompson

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta is pleased to add another specialized clinic to the ever-growing list of our diverse services - a 'Check Up Package for Men' at Clinica Anku, the recently opened and free-standing Men's Clinic owned and operated by Dr. Pedro Lopez-Cueto, urologist.

Make Plans Now for the PV Medical Expo
Pamela Thompson

The US Consular Agent, the Hotel Marriott and HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta would like to remind everyone of the upcoming Medical Expo on November 22 from 9 am-7 pm at the Hotel Marriott. This no-charge event will feature a vast array of medical services, products and information.

Interview with Dr. Javier Diaz Nuñez, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist
Pamela Thompson

Since this is the time of year that so many folks are planning their return trip (or vacation) to Puerto Vallarta, we thought it would be a good idea to interview Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist Dr. Javier Diaz-Nuñez, one of HealthCare Resources' favorite physicians.

My Medical Journey, Part III: The Teeth
Pamela Thompson

Today I began Part III of my medical journey. Bariatric surgery in May of 2007 – completed, successful and nearly 150 lbs gone. Hurray! Plastic surgery the following year to fix the left-over skin, successful and complete. Hurray! Now, the teeth...

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta October 2010 Newsletter
Pamela Thompson

We are ready to start the high season in the Banderas Bay area. The past few months we have focused our attention on creating improvements for our existing clinics and projects, creating new ones, and putting together an outstanding list of events, all focused on your health and well-being.

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta Announces New Healthcare PLUSCard
Patrick Harrison

After becoming the most trusted go-to resource for residents and visitors for the past seven years, Pamela Thompson and HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta are thrilled to introduce the PLUSCard, a comprehensive solution for all of the health care needs for the people of Banderas Bay.

Support Los Mangos Library
Pamela Thompson

Biblioteca Los Mangos is not just a library. It is a cultural and community center that depends solely on donations to keep it up and running. Times are tough. Actually, they are beyond tough. Los Mangos is now in a desperate position to bring in much needed funds. Here's how you can help.

Classic Movie Mondays at Los Mangos
Pamela Thompson

Looking for some cool entertainment this fall? Drop by Biblioteca Los Mangos on Monday evenings at 5 pm to enjoy a classic movie in the air-conditioned comfort of the Puerto Vallarta Public Library. Admission is just $15 pesos, with popcorn and soft drinks available for purchase.

Urgent Blood Donations Needed in Vallarta
Pamela Thompson

At this time, O Positive blood is urgently needed for US Citizen David Lilly, as well as many other hospitalized people who need your help, so please consider donating a pint today! Think if it was you or one of your loved ones in the same situation!

From The Now to The Future, Enter a New Season
Pam Thompson

Though we're still in September, today is the official 'First Day of Fall.' October always seems to bring a special energy that you can feel in the air as folks return to Puerto Vallarta for the winter months, bringing with them the hope and anticipation of a good high season. We are ready!

PV Firefighter and Lifeguard Appreciation Spaghetti Luncheon
Pamela Thompson

There are numerous outstanding groups in the Puerto Vallarta area that don’t receive the recognition and praise that they deserve. Two of these groups are the local firefighters and lifeguards. Come out and show them your support, while enjoying a delicious spaghetti luncheon on October 10, 2010.

New PV Smile Dental Branch Office at ANKU Clinic
pvsmilenews.blogspot.com

Everything is ready for the PV Smile Group, headed by Dr. Noel Rivas, to open their new Puerto Vallarta dental center on September 2nd. Situated at Ecuador #1494, the new office will deliver the professional care and service and continue a tradition of excellence dating back more than 25 years.

Oscar Alberto Cabrera Wins Puerto Vallarta Photo Walk Contest
Pamela Thompson

On July 25, 2010 local shutterbugs gathered in front of Starbucks on Vallarta's main plaza to take part in Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk. Each photographer sent their best photo to the panel for judging, and this year's winning Puerto Vallarta photo was taken by Oscar Alberto Cabrera.

Los Mangos Fall-Winter Children's Program
Pamela Thompson

It is hard to believe, but it is time to start planning the fall-winter events and projects here in Puerto Vallarta! Plans are now in the works for weekly children’s program at Sally’s Corner of the Puerto Vallarta Public Library, Biblioteca Los Mangos, and volunteers are needed.

Medical Services Expositions and Health & Wellbeing Mini Seminars
Pamela Thompson

Are you a resident or visitor in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit or Banderas Bay interested in your health & wellbeing? If so, make plans now to attend the Medical Services Expositions and Health & Wellbeing Mini Seminars on November 22, 2010 at the Hotel Marriott CasaMagna Marina Vallarta.

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta August 2010 Newsletter
Pamela Thompson

Though summer is here and things have slowed down here in Puerto Vallarta, there are still plenty of folks here and plenty of things to do. Here at HealthCare Resources, we've scheduled two health clinics this month and we're busy making plans for next season's new projects, clinics and services.

General HealthCare Information Part 4: Choosing & Communicating with a Personal Physician
Pamela Thompson

Having basic information on how health care services work in the Banderas Bay area is vitally important. In Part 4 of her General Health Care Information series, HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta's Pamela Thompson talks about Choosing and Communicating with a Personal Physician.

Classic Movie Series at Los Mangos Library
Pamela Thompson

Looking for some cool entertainment this summer? The 1954 classic movie, 'The Barefoot Contessa' will be showing in the air-conditioned comfort of the Los Mangos Library on August 2nd at 5:00 pm. Admission is just $15 pesos, with popcorn and soft drinks available for purchase.

Deja New Clothing Party at Casa del Angel
Pamela Thompson

On Saturday, July 24th from 2-6 pm, Robin and Kathleen will be holding a Clothing Party at Casa del Angel, just up the hill from Vista Grill at 171 Hortencias on the south side of Puerto Vallarta. This is the perfect opportunity to shop, and/or consign your unwanted clothing, shoes & accessories.

Classic Movie Series at Los Mangos Library
Pamela Thompson

Looking for some cool entertainment this month? The 1944 classic movie, 'The Woman in the Window' will be showing in the air-conditioned comfort of the Los Mangos Library on July 26 at 6:30 pm. Admission is just $15 pesos, with popcorn and soft drinks available for purchase.

General Health Care Information Part 3: Insurance Coverage - Inpatient Services
Pamela Thompson

Having basic information on how health care services work in the Banderas Bay area is vitally important. In Part 3 of her General Health Care Information series, HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta's Pamela Thompson talks about insurance coverage for inpatient services.

General Health Care Information Part 2: Insurance Coverage - Outpatient Services
Pamela Thompson

Having basic information on how health care services work in the Banderas Bay area is vitally important. In Part 2 of her General Health Care Information series, HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta's Pamela Thompson talks about insurance coverage for outpatient services.

Power of Basics Seminar at Garza Blanca
Pamela Thompson

Social Media is alive and well in the Banderas Bay area. On July 22 and July 23, 2010 at the lovely Garza Blanca, Dorota Antoszkiewicz of the local event company Plush Catering is sponsoring the team from Power of Basics to present two days of Social Media Education and Training.

Vallarta Steps Out for Los Mangos Library
Pamela Thompson

Who says things are slow, and that there's not much going on in Vallarta at this time of year? Full proof that this is NOT the case was evident on Saturday, June 26th, when a number of residents and visitors stepped out for a FUNdraising event at Villa Leonarda in support of Biblioteca Los Mangos.

General Health Care Information Part 1: Emergency Services
Pamela Thompson

Whether you're a visitor or a resident, having basic information on how health care services work in the Banderas Bay area is vitally important. In Part 1 of her General Health Care Information series, HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta's Pamela Thompson talks about local Emergency Services.

Medical Consultations: How and How Much?
Pamela Thompson

HealthCare Resources's Pamela Thompson, who has lived and worked in the Banderas Bay area for more than 17 years, explains everything you need to know about medical consultations in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, including what you should expect - and what you should expect to pay.

Los Mangos Fundraiser at Villa Leonardo
Pamela Thompson

The stunning Villa Leonardo will be the site for an early summer fundraiser to benefit Biblioteca Los Mangos on June 26, 2010. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the Puerto Vallarta Public Library, which is so very much needed as we enter in to the summer months.

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta June 2010 Newsletter
Pamela Thompson

Even though things slow down a bit as the heat and humidity return to Puerto Vallarta, there are some great summertime specials and quite a few clinics planned for the next few months. Here at HealthCare Resources, we're busy making plans for next season's new projects, clinics and services.

Communicating with Your PV Physician
Pamela Thompson

Isn't the Internet wonderful? Instant connection! Instant information! Instant answers! That is all well and good in most cases, but these past few weeks, I've received numerous emails from folks who are complaining of not receiving an email answer 'quickly' from their Puerto Vallarta physicians.

Guadalajara Youth Symphony Orchestra Performs in Vallarta
Pamela Thompson

The Guadalajara Youth Symphony Orchestra is returning to Puerto Vallarta this month. On June 18 at 6 pm, they will be holding a free pre-concert workshop at Los Mangos, followed by a free concert at La Plaza de la Hermandad in downtown Vallarta on Saturday, June 19th at 8:30 pm.

Los Mangos Library June 2010 Calendar
Pamela Thompson

With books galore (in English and Spanish), a video center, a CD based learning center, 15 internet connections, and activities for people of all ages - from movies and music to art and poetry - Puerto Vallarta's Library, Biblioteca Los Mangos, is a great place to spend a hot summer's day.

Huichol Art at Artensanias Watakame
Pamela Thompson

Though there are approximately 15,000 to 20,000 Huichol Indians living in the northern part of the states of Nayarit and Jalisco, I never really knew much about the Huicholes and their art. But after meeting Hilda, the owner of Artensanias Watakame in Puerto Vallarta, my eyes were certainly opened!

Ambulancias Intermedic Emergency Services
Pamela Thompson

With many years of experience in emergency services and medical tourism, Ambulancias Intermedic Medical Director Dr. Luis Arias and his highly experienced and cohesive team of paramedics bring professional air and ground ambulance services to Puerto Vallarta and the Banderas Bay area.

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta May 2010 Newsletter
Pamela Thompson

As we move in to May, we at HealthCare Resources have a whole bunch of clinics, activities & events scheduled to assist & enlighten you! This is a long newsletter, so settle in, grab a cup of coffee or glass of wine, and learn about a lot of the great things going on in Vallarta this Spring.

Folkloric Dance Festival This Weekend
Pamela Thompson

If you are searching for something to do this weekend, be sure and add this to your list! Various states of Mexico will be represented in the First National Folkloric Dance Festival, which continues through Sunday April 25, 2010 at various locations around the greater Puerto Vallarta area.

Puerto Vallarta Blood Drive Sets Records
Pamela Thompson

As we begin the Semana Santa/Semana Pascua holidays, the need for blood in Puerto Vallarta increases significantly. With the Blood Bank always in critical need of donations, the 53 units of blood donated during last week's blood drives could not have come at a better time!

Heart Talks: Atrial Fibrillation
Pamela Thompson

At 10 am on March 8, 2010 at Hospital CMQ Premiere Dra. Leslie Swindle and Dr. Carlos Hernandez will present 'Atrial Fibrillation' the final program of our very popular and successful Heart Talks series. Learn about new treatments, prevention and causes.

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta March 2010 Newsletter
Pamela Thompson

This is going to be short and sweet with another juicier newsletter to follow next week. We are working on some very interesting and lively group gatherings. Updates will be released as more information becomes available, but here are a few of the clinics scheduled for the coming weeks.

Heart Talks: Dr. Adolfo Curiel at Cornerstone
Pamela Thompson

As we progress through our series of Heart Care talks, HealthCare Resources is proud to present Dr. Adolfo Curiel speaking on 'Your Risks for Heart Disease' and what you can do to reduce the risks, at Hospital Cornerstone on Monday, March 1, 2010 at 10:00 am.

February Heart Talks: Lynn Rogers Ph.D at Cornerstone
Pamela Thompson

As HealthCare Resources continues our Heart Talks series, we are proud to welcome Lynn Rogers, Ph.D presenting 'Heart to Heart' on February 26 at Hospital Cornerstone. We will explore the impact of heart problems on you and your loved ones and identify specific tools for living your best life.

Judith Ewing Morlan Opens at Galeria Uno
Pamela Thompson

Artist Judith Ewing Morlan, a Vallarta resident for the past twenty years, has been on a painting sabbatical for the past couple of years. She returns with an opening at Galeria Uno on Friday, February 19 beginning at 6 pm with a panorama of her latest work.

Dr Jorge Chavez: What's New In Cardiology
Pamela Thompson

As February is Heart Month, HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta is pleased to present the second in our Heart Talk series. On February 24, 2010 at 10 am at the International Friendship Club, cardiac interventionalist and internist Dr. Jorge Chavez will speak on What's New In Cardiology.

Women and Heart Health
Pamela Thompson

According to the American Heart Association, coronary artery disease is the single leading cause of death for women in the U.S. On February 16 at 10 am, HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta and Dra. Leslie Swindle will present 'Women and Heart Health' at the new Hospital CMQ Premiere.

Puerto Vallarta Health News: February 2010
Pamela Thompson

February is Heart Month, and here at HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta, we are proud to present top local cardiologists and specialists speaking on a variety of topics, covering everything from identifying risk factors to new medications and procedures, to living your best life... With Heart!

Over $250,000 Pesos Raised for Los Mangos
Pamela Thompson

Once again, the Puerto Vallarta community demonstrated its enormous heart with a record attendance at the annual Subasta (auction) for Biblioteca Los Mangos on January 29. Not only record attendance, but also a record of more than $250,000 pesos raised to fund the Puerto Vallarta Public Library.

Jenny McGill Memorial Service February 7
Pamela Thompson

A memorial service for former Puerto Vallarta US Consular Agent, Jenny McGill, will be held at Terra Noble on February 7, 2010 at 11 am. Jenny left us on December 31, 2009. Please join all who loved her in a remembrance of the life of Jenny McGill.

February US Consular Agency Community Network Breakfast
Pamela Thompson

The next U.S. Consular Breakfast is scheduled for February 19, 2010 at Chilaquiles Restaurant overlooking the Plaza Principal in downtown Puerto Vallarta. Projecto Pitillal Busca un Amigo is the deserving charity this month with items needed such as powdered milk, baby wipes and dry foods.

Int'l Surfing Tournament in Quimixto
Pamela Thompson

Mark your calendar for January 30 and 31, 2010 to head for the small village of Quimixto, where surfers from all around the world will participate in this 2nd annual tournament. Last year's tournament was a huge success - and the word has gotten out that this is THE place to surf!

Skin Care In The Tropics Seminar at IFC
Pamela Thompson

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta is pleased to present Dermatologist Dra. Alma Vargas, who will cover various aspects of taking care of your skin here in paradise, at 10 am on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at the International Friendship Clubhouse.

HealthCare Resources Bone Density Clinic
Pamela Thompson

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break. If you are over the age of 50 with one or more risk factors for osteoporosis, you won't want to miss the Bone Density Clinic presented by HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta on January 18, 2010.

Dr. José Antonio Rodriguez
LASIK & Cataract Surgery for Less in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Save your vision while saving money with Dr. José Antonio Rodriguez, a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in phacoemulsification cataract removal and laser refractive eye surgery (also known as LASIK) in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Volunteering at Biblioteca Los Mangos
Pamela Thompson

Consider making volunteering or contributing to the Puerto Vallarta public library one of your New Year's resolutions. On January 9, 2010 at 10 am Deborah Wintrob (tireless and star volunteer at Los Mangos) will be presenting a Volunteer Training Program for Biblioteca Los Mangos.

January US Consular Agency Community Network Breakfast
Pamela Thompson

The next U.S. Consular Breakfast is scheduled for January 15, 2010 at the Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta. The Bucerías Bilingual Community Center is the deserving charity this month with items needed such as English/Spanish dictionaries and workbooks, copy paper and office supplies.

Puerto Vallarta Health News: January 2010
Pamela Thompson

As we move in to 2010, we at HealthCare Resources have a whole bunch of clinics, activities & events scheduled to assist & enlighten you! This is a long newsletter, so settle in, grab a cup of coffee, pull out your calendar & let us help you to fulfill some of those New Year's resolutions.

Holiday Reflections
Pamela Thompson

People here in the Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay area are good. They care. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors and personalities. They help their neighbors. They have heart. As we move through the holiday season and head in to 2010, let's continue to have heart.

A Most Incredible Day of Whale Watching!
Pamela Thompson

December 8, 2009 was the first official day of whale watching in the Bay of Banderas. On December 9th, I stepped off the boat after one of the most incredible days of my entire life! If you do nothing else this winter, do a whale watching tour with Ocean Friendly Tours.

Banderas Bay Whale Watching for Charity
Pamela Thompson

One of the most thrilling experiences anyone can have, is to spend a day out on the waters of Bandera's Bay with Oscar Frey and his whale-respectful loving crew. This season, you can enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience while supporting three local charitable organizations.

Celebrating Los Mangos 13th Anniversary
Pamela Thompson

On Friday, November 27th a smiling crowd gathered at Biblioteca Los Mangos to celebrate the 13th Anniversary of Puerto Vallarta's public library, and to be a part of the inauguration of the beautifully remodeled children's area, 'Rincon de Sally' (Sally's Corner).

Sally's Corner Inauguration November 27
Pamela Thompson

In loving memory of Sally Conley and her very own little library in El Pitillal, "Biblioteca de Higuera", we are so very proud to announce the opening of El Rincon de Sally. Mark your calendars for November 27th for the Biblioteca Los Mangos Anniversary Celebration & Inauguration of Sally's Corner.

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta Presents: Do I Need a Mexican Will?
Pamela Thompson

If you are a full- or part-time resident or own property in Puerto Vallarta, you won't want to miss a special presentation by Lic. Rolo Romero, who will answer your questions about Mexican wills at the International Friendship Club House on Monday, November 23rd at 10:00 am.

Puerto Vallarta Mid-November Health News
Pamela Thompson

High season has arrived - and things are getting busy! It's so fun to see friends who have returned for "the season" and many more tourists strolling the streets. Here's what we at HealthCare Resources have in store for you this month, and some great things to look forward to during the high season.

Free Rheumatology Lecture at CasaMagna
Pamela Thompson

On Thursday, November 12th at 9:30 am, Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, California and HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta will present a free lecture by Rheumatology Specialist, Dr. Corrie Broudy, at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa in Marina Vallarta.

H1N1 Flu Update for Mexico Travelers
Pamela Thompson

As we begin our high season here in Puerto Vallarta, we have been receiving emails requesting information on the status of health issues in the Banderas Bay area, particularly about H1N1 flu (formerly called 'Swine Flu') in the states of Nayarit and Jalisco.

Los Mangos Library Update
Pamela Thompson

With the children's library, Sally's Corner, nearing completion and the Autumn Concert Series kicking off with a violin and piano recital performed by Daniel Juarez Armenta and Alejandro Villareal on October 17, there is always something special happening at Biblioteca Los Mangos!

Flu and H1N1 Vaccines in Puerto Vallarta
Pamela Thompson

The request for H1N1 vaccines in the Banderas Bay area has been overwhelming. As per several authorities, H1N1 vaccines will only be available through the local Health Department. However, the 'regular' flu vaccines are now available from Puerto Vallarta area doctors and clinics.

Meet Doctor Pedro Lopez-Cueto
Pamela Thompson

Doctor Pedro Lopez-Cueto is an Engish speaking Urologist in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico who has specialized knowledge and skills regarding problems of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs.

Puerto Vallarta October Health News
Pamela Thompson

As September winds down, we that have been here in Puerto Vallarta all summer are excited for folks to return so that we can say 'Bienvenidos' to all of our friends! October is going to be a jam-packed month with HealthCare Resources offering numerous clinics and special events.

The Season of Giving is Fast Approaching
Pamela Thompson

The Vida Nueva street children shelter in Puerto Vallarta wants to be able to give the boys a Merry Christmas. We very much need your help to achieve this. The holiday season is one of the most difficult times for the children as it highlights that they are away from their families.

Mouth Magic in Mexico (or, I Am the Biggest Dental Weenie in the World!)
Pamela Thompson

I would prefer to walk on hot coals, slide down a banister of razor blades or have a Chinese Water Torture than sit in a dentist's chair. I am a dental weenie! I finally found a dentist I like and trust and will be chronicling the re-invention of my teeth for other dental-weenies.

Puerto Vallarta Summer Food Drive Success
Pam Thompson

What began in the Spring as an effort to help our friends and neighbors here in Puerto Vallarta through some very, very tough economic times through the summer months, blossomed into a massive undertaking, resulting in over 17,050 kg of food delivered to those who needed it most.

Health Services in the Bay of Banderas
Julia Caranci

Vacations are fun: in theory. But what if you need a doctor while in Mexico but you don't speak Spanish? How do you know where to find specific services and what is and isn't covered by your health insurance? Pamela Thompson has the answers to these and other health-related questions.

Medical Tourism: Plastic Surgery in Paradise
Pamela Thompson

As Medical Tourism becomes more and more popular, people are discovering that geographically, Puerto Vallarta is much more accessible than Thailand or India. They are taking advantage of Vallarta's lower prices, state-of-the-art facilities and top-notch plastic surgeons.

Vallarta Food Drive: Mission Accomplished
Pamela Thompson

It is with a huge amount of pleasure and pride to announce that we now have sufficient funds to cover the DIF's Summer Food Distribution through September, as was the original goal when we started the Puerto Vallarta Community Food Drive back in May. But there is still work to do...

The Abdominal Journey Continues... The Colonoscopy
Pamela Thompson

I know. I know. The thought of having a Colonoscopy done is not pleasant. It's not something folks look forward to doing. No grand anticipation of the big day. But honestly, it's not THAT bad! And, with Healthcare Resources Puerto Vallarta, you can have it done - and save money - this summer.

Vallarta Food Drive - It Takes a Village
Pamela Thompson

This week brought another 525 little smiles as food packages were distributed to the children in DIF's Child Protective Services Programs. As we reach the half-way point of the Vallarta Summer Food Drive, we need a couple more big 'pushes' to keep distributing through the end of September.

Puerto Vallarta Mid-Summer Health News
Pamela Thompson

It's hot and humid here in Puerto Vallarta. Even though even though there are less people here in the Banderas Bay area, there are still lots of fun things to do - from health clinics to the Food Drive and BINGO for Beans and Babies. I hope wherever you are, you are cool, happy and healthy!

G3Mex Joins Puerto Vallarta Food Drive
Pamela Thompson

G3Mex Real Estate Company has joined Pamela Thompson and PVRPV in their efforts to help locals meet the basic needs of their families by collecting food to be distributed via DIF's various programs through the Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay Area Food Drive.

PV Food Drive Continues Through September
Pamela Thompson

The thin, but smiling, children who lined up at yesterday's Food Drive distribution to the DIF-Child Protective Services program reminded me that times are beyond tough for many families in Puerto Vallarta. Join us in our commitment to keep this project going strong through September.

Bariatric Surgery - Is it for You?
Pamela Thompson

What's the real truth about bariatrics? Is it a quick fix? Does the usual rapid weight loss last? Bariatric surgery is not a decision to be taken lightly. It is a tool - not a cure. A huge part of it is mental. It involves giving up your current relationship with food and changing it - forever!

A Little Time and Love Can Feed a Family
Pamela Thompson

On Friday, June 5th, a fairly sweltering evening, 35 Food Drive volunteers spent 37 minutes at the PVRPV offices putting together nearly 700 individual food packages, each containing enough beans, rice, lentils, soup pasta and bullion cubes to feed a local family of four for one week.

Vallarta Food Drive Extremely Successful
Pamela Thompson

I must say that when I first dreamed of making the Vallarta Food Drive a reality I never, in my wildest imaginings, believed - or even hoped - for such outstanding support, organization, love and hard work that has been taking place in our community since the program's inception.

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta News
Pamela Thompson

Even though things slow down a bit as the heat and humidity return to Puerto Vallarta, there are some great summertime specials and quite a few clinics planned for the next few months. Here at HealthCare Resources, we're busy making plans for next season's new projects, clinics and services.

Vallarta & Banderas Bay Area Food Drive
Pamela Thompson

Over the past month, thousands of people in the Banderas Bay area have been impacted by the lack of tourists, resulting in a loss of jobs and income and leaving hard-working locals struggling to meet the basic needs of their families. It is now time for us all to step up to the plate and help out.

Puerto Vallarta/Jalisco Swine Flu Updates
Pamela Thompson

With all the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico, should you be afraid to travel to Puerto Vallarta? Health Care Resources Puerto Vallarta's Pamela Thompson has the latest news and health reports from around Banderas Bay.

Puerto Vallarta Hospital Basics - Part 2
Pamela Thompson

Last week, we covered Puerto Vallarta hospital basics, such as the admission process and getting settled in to your hospital room. This week, we'll cover what you can expect as a patient in a Puerto Vallarta hospital, including diagnostic studies, treatments and the discharge process.

Puerto Vallarta Hospital Basics
Pamela Thompson

If you should ever need to be admitted to a hospital here in Puerto Vallarta, it's best to be prepared and know the basics BEFORE you are quite ill and in the Emergency Room.

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta Spring News
Pamela Thompson

As the Puerto Vallarta High Season winds down and we head in to Semana Santa-Easter vacations, many 'snowbirds' are returning to the US and Canada. For those who live here year-round there are plenty of things to keep you healthy and happy this Spring.

Things You Need to Know About PV Doctors
Pamela Thompson

Here in Puerto Vallarta there are many doctors and specialists offering high-quality emergency care and routine medical or surgical procedures. Here are some things you need to know when consulting a local physician, and how much you can expect to pay.

Mammogram - The Big and Small of It
Pamela Thompson

I hold Mammogram Clinics and preach the importance of women having a mammogram all the time. And then I go nearly five years without one. Gee, anyone with some sense knows the statistics of breast cancer and the vital importance of having a mammogram.

HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta Mid-February Update
Pamela Thompson

It's nearly the middle of February, but seems the further I go, the 'behinder' I get! Updates will be released as more information becomes available, but here are a few of the clinics, programs and activities scheduled for the upcoming weeks.

January Puerto Vallarta Health News
Pamela Thompson

Here we are at the start of a brand new year! Taking care of your own personal health, taking responsibility for it, should be a top priority. Here's what we have in store for you during January and some things to look forward to in February.



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