Timmy’s medical service trips to Quito complement the Tierra Nueva Community Health Department’s outreach to the underserved, peripheral communities in South Quito.
Timmy’s partner is Quito, Ecuador is Tierra Nueva, a large nonprofit organization founded by the late Father José Carollo, an Italian priest. A relentless advocate for the poor, Father Carollo began Tierra Nueva as a social services center for Quito’s poorest citizens—many of whom are concentrated in the southern half of Ecuador’s capital city. At present, Tierra Nueva is comprised of an outpatient medical institute with 26 specialties, a fully functioning medical hospital with 148 beds, a mobile medical unit, a school for developmentally disabled youth, two daycare centers, a legal services center, a microcredit institution, and social work department.
When Father Carollo passed away in May of 2005, the Tierra Nueva Foundation Board of Directors pledged to complete the construction of Hospital Padre Carollo “Un Canto a la Vida,” the 148-bed hospital named in his honor—his final dream for Southern Quito. During the last 7 years, Timmy has made significant financial contributions to complete the construction of the hospital, including support of more than $300,000 for the construction of a new maternity ward.
The Communities We Serve
Timmy’s medical service trips to Quito complement the Tierra Nueva Community Health Department’s outreach to the underserved, peripheral communities in South Quito, which includes ten barrios (communities)—neighborhoods specifically chosen for their limitations to healthcare access and socioeconomic levels. Patients in need of care beyond the capacity of our short-term clinics are referred to Tierra Nueva’s hospital, where they can receive attention from any of 26 specialties, further diagnostic testing, imaging services, surgery, and/or more comprehensive longitudinal care.
Our Outreach, Projects, and Solutions
Every two to three months Timmy’s medical service teams return to the same communities to provide basic primary care. Working with community leaders, local health promoters, and representatives from Tierra Nueva, Timmy aims to provide care to the sickest and poorest in these communities, acting as both a healthcare provider and catchment for serious cases. Due to our investments in a well-developed referral system, continuous care, and community health promoter training, Timmy is now able to care for patients with chronic conditions, and has helped many community members offset the cost of more specialized treatments.