The infrastructure of the new Hospital of Providencia and Santa Catalina (CAPS) has been in operation for a month, serving more than 4,000 people.
31 October 2023
Over COP 12.4 billion were invested in the construction, of which COP 4.8 billion come from the contribution of the Grupo Argos Foundation and Odinsa, COP 1.2 billion from Coca-Cola, COP 5.5 billion from the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management, and COP 1 billion from the Government of San Andrés, Providencia, and Santa Catalina.
The partners made the hospital infrastructure available to accommodate the supplies that the Colombian government committed to, and since October 1, 2023, it has been providing its services to the over 4,000 residents of Providencia and Santa Catalina.
The realization of this project was based on an analysis of the most suitable infrastructure for the context, the needs, and the expectations of the island’s inhabitants. The new structural design can withstand winds of up to 220 km/h.
The new health center is equipped with outpatient consultation areas, surgery, diagnostic support, therapeutic complementation, clinical laboratory, and low-complexity emergency services, among others.
With the aim of continuing to support the recovery of infrastructure following the effects of Hurricane Iota in November 2020 and contributing to the improvement of the quality of life of the inhabitants of the Colombian Caribbean island region, the Grupo Argos Foundation, in partnership with Coca-Cola Company, the National Disaster Risk Management Fund, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, the Government of San Andrés, Providencia, and Santa Catalina, and the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management, handed over the new Hospital of Providencia and Santa Catalina infrastructure to the community on October 1st, following an investment exceeding COP 12.4 billion.
The construction was completed in 24 months in line with the Medical Architectural Program provided by the Ministry of Health. The new Care Center includes outpatient consultation areas, surgery, diagnostic support, therapeutic complementation, clinical laboratory, and low-complexity emergency services, among others.
“We have fulfilled our commitment to the country and the region by making the infrastructure of the new Health Care Center of Providencia and Santa Catalina available. This project is possible thanks to the unity of wills and cooperation between the private sector and the government. We will continue to promote projects that prioritize life, build the nation, and positively transform the lives of millions of people.”
María Camila Villegas Executive Director, Grupo Argos Foundation
This project worked hand in hand with the community to understand their needs and expectations, conducting studies that allowed them to define the most appropriate type of construction for the context, capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions. As per the established commitment, the infrastructure has been provided by the Colombian government so that the over 4,000 residents of Providencia and Santa Catalina have a facility for superior life care.