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Newsletter — October 2010

Posted in Clinics,Events,HealthCare Resources,Newsletter,PLUSCard by Pam on October 3, 2010

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HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta
October 2010 Newsletter

The summer months have literally just floated by and here we are at the beginning of October, ready to start the fall and winter season in the Banderas Bay area – high season!  We are ready! It is safe! It is gorgeous! It’s cooling off a little bit each day!

The past few months we have focused our attention on creating improvements for our existing clinics & projects, creating new ones, and putting together an outstanding list of events, all focused on your health and well-being.

For those preparing to return to the area for the winter months it is important to remember to do the following:
1) Make sure you have proper insurance coverage.
2) Make sure the medications that you need to take are available in the area here.
3) Bring any pertinent medical reports or studies with you in case you need to see a physician during your stay here.
4)Note this number for ambulance service: 225-9289 (Ambulancias Intermedic).

We are extremely proud to present the new HealthCare Resources PLUSCard. This is a benefit/discount card available for individuals, couples, families and companies for varying lengths of time: 6 months, 1 year and 2 years. Prices begin at only $250 pesos for a program that offers so many benefits and discounts!  Click here to download the PlusCard Benefits Chart to see the multitude of services offered with this card. It is important to remember that cardholders will also receive numerous benefits not on the chart as we add specials each month – and some surprises as well! The email contact for further information and to purchase the card is located at the bottom of the chart. Please feel free to send any questions.

October Clinics

Please note that all of the clinics listed below are by appointment only via HealthCare Resources. These are special, discounted prices and packages with our contracted physicians (who, by the way, we are very proud of!).

October 12, 2010

Eye Clinic 400 pesos Complete eye and vision exam. Includes test for glaucoma as well.

October 14, 2010

Skin Clinic 275 pesos Have your skin checked from scalp to toes by an oncologist.

October 19, 2010

Women’s Health Clinic
775 pesos Includes a complete exam, consult, pap smear and colposcopy
(Bi-lingual female physician).

October 21, 2010

Ear Clinic – New this season! 375 pesos (Additional 200 pesos if you would like a disc of your exam)

State of the art equipment used by a bilingual ENT to check your ears & clean them out if necessary. (You’d be amazed at the crud that gathers in our ears here in this humid climate!). Note: This is NOT a hearing exam.

October 28, 2010

Mammogram Clinic 920 pesos Digital mammogram, manual exam and complete explanation of your mammogram. (Ultrasound performed only if necessary). Our mammogram clinics have proven very popular in the past! Ladies – do not put this off!

Coming in November

In addition to the above clinics, we are adding:

  • Foot Clinic
  • Back Clinic
  • Heart Clinic
  • Chest Clinic


Please contact me for details.

New! Men’s Clinic performed at a brand new, state-of-the-art Men’s Clinic.  (Note: VERY gay-friendly). – 2,000 pesos includes complete exam.

  • Complete Women’s Check Up (excluding GYN exam and mammogram). – 3,041 pesos
  • Colonoscopy – Just do it! It’s not that bad! Special discounted price.
  • Shingles Vaccines – 800 pesos
  • Flu Vaccines – 500 pesos
  • Bariatric Surgery Consult and Information – No charge

Events and Fun Stuff!

I have put together a calendar (as complete as possible!) of charity events in the area from November through next spring. If you would like a copy of this calendar so you can “Save the Date”, let me know & I would be happy to send you a copy!

October 5 through Spring 2011

PVRPV ( begins BINGO every other Tuesday. Fun evenings all to support Pasitos de Luz. The summer before this past one, Tim and his PVRPV staff had a hit on their hands by hosting Bingo on a weekly basis. It was so popular  they have decided to hold it all winter! Details here: sitos-de-luz/ Or you can email Tim directly at

Do you like to bowl? This summer’s bowling league was a blast! Winter bowling season begins soon. Perhaps you’d like to participate, or be a “sub” now and then. Another fun PVRPV activity. Email Tim at

October 10, 2010

“FriendRaiser” for our local fireman and rescue personnel. These folks have worked like mad the past few months with all of the rain-caused problems in the area. Let’s show them our appreciation as we have a Spaghetti Lunch from 2pm until 6pm. Tickets: 150 pesos Details: or contact me ( or Gary Green This promises to be a blast!

October 15, 2010

US Consular Networking Breakfast – 9am – Hotel Rosita – 100 pesos. Bring your business cards, flyers and a smile – and network! This month’s focus is Hospital Regional. They are desperate for supplies so we ask that you bring any of the following: bandages, newborn formula, diabetic supplies, receiving blankets, adult or children’s Tylenol (new, unopened please), blankets. For a longer list or questions, please email me directly. RSVP to

October 16, 2010 – 11am

Puerto Vallarta Garden Club (new!) are kindly doing a “planting” at Los Mangos Library to spiff things up. Gary Beck writes: Dig It! Help plant our complimentary bougainvilleas in memory of a loved one or just for fun! All volunteers, new members and donations are welcome. PEACE will provide additional manpower to dig holes and plant around the Library for added beauty. Xocodiva will provide refreshments and music, and water will be available. Bring tools such as hole digger, shovel, forked spade plus gardening gloves if you can. For further information on this new charitable group  please contact Gary at

October 27, 2010

First downtown Art Walk of the season begins!

October 30 & 31, 2010 – The Botanical Gardens sends the following information: Psychic Fair and Harvest Festival Pig Roast – 11am to 5pm. Psychics, astrologers and card readers will be available for consultations and readings along with a harvest theme lunch of fresh roast pig with all of the “fixins”. For further information please contact Douglas Lenox at

A Few Other Tidbits!

The Hacienda Jalisco ( is now working with Superior Tours ( offering economically priced day tours that include a fabulous lunch! Consider a day trip – and then come back to spend the night! We are also proud to announce our very own blend of Hacienda Jalisco coffee! Contact me for details!

Los Mangos Library – This is not only a library but a true community center. We are planning some FUN and inexpensive “mini-fundraisers” to begin in November, along with the annual Anniversary Party. We need volunteers! Please contact me for further information. Check out this article:

Everyone’s favorite glass and mosaic shop has moved! Miralo is now located in “Centro” ( on Calle Iturbide. And master mosaic-artist Rodolfo is now giving classes. Definitely add this to your “to-do” list!

The whales will be here before you know it! Book your whale watching tour now! By far  the best tour operator in the area is Ocean Friendly. Oscar (and Keith) are passionate about the whales, the bay, and providing a once in a lifetime experience. Go to: for further information.

It has been an economically difficult summer for many – especially for many local charities. Consider a donation, whether monetary or  physical, to one of the many worthwhile charities in the area. Please email me for the current “Wish List”.

For the most updated information on everything going on in the Banderas Bay area, Banderas News ( is THE place to check out – and do so often. Daily updates! Also the PVMirror is online at and The Tribune at


November 22, 2010 – Medical Expo at the Hotel Marriott sponsored by the US Consular Agent, the Hotel Marriott and HealthCare Resources. This day long event (9am until 7pm) is free to the public and will feature a myriad of exhibits/booths by physicians, clinics, labs, hospitals, complimentary medicine providers, spas, insurance providers – any and everything health related! We will even have healthy cooking classes! We are proud to announce that UCSD Hospital (San Diego) will be attending and one of their presentations will be “Health Care Reform and how it affects you.”  This is worth returning early to the area! Watch Banderas News ( for weekly updates, focusing on various exhibitors and what will be offered.

Do you think there is enough to do in October? Just wait until you see the calendar for November!

For those of us that live here full time and have been here all summer, it’s been an extra wet summer. The plus side is that mountains are lush and green, the bay sparkles, sunsets are stunning. We are all anxious, ready and waiting for our “snowbirds” to return! Let the season begin!

Pamela Thompson
Phone 322 107 7007


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  1. Tik Thurston said,

    Pam, No hurry, but when you have a chance, please email “wish list”. See you in November. Am available to do some volunteer work if not knowing more than 5 words in Spanish is not a problem. Tik

  2. Pamela said,

    Hi Tik – will send soon and as well, will post on my blog! Can’t wait to see you!

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