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Good Hospitals in San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose is a beautiful city to visit. Should medical emergency strikes while you are traveling there, you can visit these hospitals.
San José is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica, a major country in the Central America. This beautiful city is also both the most populous city of the country and its political and economic center. San Jose has many tourist attractions including museums, gardens, theaters, bars and clubs.
The health care sector in San Jose is well developed and consists of both public and private hospitals. Many of the Costa Rica’s international hospitals are located in this city. This article is a brief overview of some of the better hospitals in San José.
Hospital CIMA (Center for International Medicine Advanced) San José is located in the heart of the city and is considered the best hospital in Costa Rica. Established in 2000, the hospital is operated by the International Hospital Corporation which is based in Dallas, Texas and manages many world class hospitals internationally. This premier health care facility achieved the Joint Commission International accreditation for "superior hospital quality and patient care" in 2008. In addition, CIMA San José has received many other accolades such as the BIORAD Certificate of Quality Assessment for Hematology and the Certified Quality Process Accreditation by the National Accreditation Commission of the ministry of health. The hospital has association with many international health institutions including Southwestern Medical Center, John’s Hopkins Medicine, Mayo Clinic and UCLA Healthcare. CIMA San José has full fledged departments in every specialty of medicine and employs eminent doctors and an excellent supporting staff. The surgery department facilitates ambulatory surgery, outpatient surgery and consists of nine operating rooms. The blood bank and laboratory of the hospital have received the Certificate of Excellence by Sociedade Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemotherapy. The hospital’s clinical laboratory conducts all types of tests in clinical chemistry, serology, hematology and bacteriology.
The hospital has a modern endoscopy department and a Catheterization Laboratory. The imaging department is divided into these five sections: general radiology, scans, ultrasound, MRI and nuclear medicine. CIMA San José is the only private hospital with non-invasive nuclear medicine service. The hospital is also well known for its cutting edge technology and has all the latest devices including a multislice CT scan (64) that takes just10 seconds to scan from head to toe. The intensive care service of the hospital has sections dedicated to critical care, semi-intensive care and neonatal intensive care. Hospital CIMA San Jose offers comfortable accommodations in standard rooms and suites equipped with modern amenities. The hospital complex also includes a pharmacy, a restaurant and a heliport. Tel: (506)2208-1000
Hospital Clinica Biblica (HCB) situated at Calle Central, Avenida 14, San José, is another international hospital in San Jose. This hospital, established in 1929 has agreements with many reputed institutions like Oschner Medical Institute, Tulane University School of Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, and Evergreen Hospital in Washington. This JCI accredited health care facility has numerous staff members who were trained in the United States. The hospital employs 200 the physicians who collectively have over 40 medical specialties and sub specialties. The hospital’s modern surgery department has 12 rooms and conducts specialized laparoscopic surgery. The hospital has well equipped coronary care, critical care and intermediate care units.
The hospital possesses a wide range of sophisticated equipment including a Philips Achieva 1.5 T MRI, a General Electric Lunar Prodigy Densitometer, a Philips Allura cv12 Angiograph, the AGFA CR system computer radiology, and ARC portable radiology. HCB’s laboratory is the only private laboratory with devices for the analysis of arterial blood gas. It offers excellent services in its emergency department, blood bank, pharmacy and restaurant. Luxurious accommodations are provided in air conditioned rooms furnished with electric beds, sofa beds, direct dial telephone, internet, cable TV and call buttons for the nursing staff. The hospital is a major center of medical tourism and services a number of patients from USA and Canada. Tel: (506) 2522-1000
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