The Baxter Clinic, which sits adjacent to the main campus, not only serves the medical needs of the Baxter students, staff, and campus visitors, but also those of our neighbors from the poor communities surrounding Baxter. As Christ ministered to both the body and soul of those whom He met daily, so we at Baxter ask God to open our eyes and hearts to those same needs.
The work at the clinic is overseen by a Honduran doctor. Dr. Xiomara Erazo is responsible for insuring that all medical work done at the clinic meets the requirements of Honduran law and that those who participate are appropriately certified in Honduras.
Monday to Friday in the early morning hours, people start gathering at the clinic shelter. At 7:00 a.m. they are led in a devotional and prayers by Mario, a deacon in the La Vega congregation, or a Baxter student. Patients coming to see the doctor or dentist are charged a token 40 lempiras (US$2); medicine is included at no additional cost. Typical patient cases seen at the clinic include: upper respiratory infections, gastrointestinal ailments, parasites, diabetes, hypertension, and dengue fever. Frequently, visiting doctors and health care workers expand the clinic’s services to include such things as eye and ear care.
The average number of patients seen daily by the medical and dental clinics is 40. Over 10,000 patients were seen last year by the clinic staff and visiting medical mission brigades who go to outlying areas of Tegucigalpa.