"Having worked as a physician in rural Mexico, I've seen the other side of the coin. I have seen the families and towns people leave behind to come to the U.S. To me, Puentes de Salud represents an innovative response to a health problem that transcends language and culture and involves the whole society. That's why I volunteer here. The service Puentes de Salud offers empowers patients to learn about their own health, make better decisions, and participate actively in the community."
Georgina Perez Liz, Volunteer
Temple University School of Medicine
"For the past seven years, Puentes de Salud has provided the immigrant community of Philadelphia with health care and educational services. They have also provided social and emotional stability for our growing immigrant community in the tristate area. Without Puentes de Salud, our vibrant community would be at a tremendous disadvantage, due to the lack of health care services accessible to immigrants.
The immigrant families in Philadelphia have a strong presence in the economic and cultural development of the city. We owe these families our gratitude and support. What better way to support them than through programs with the vision and willingness to provide services—from the most basic needs to the highest medical care that any patient can be given in any part of the world.
It is an honor for us to have a small participation in Puentes de Salud."
David Suro Piñera, Supporter/Partner
Siembra Azul Foundation
"Puentes de Salud has provided me with an incredible opportunity to learn and serve. I have been a volunteer at Puentes de Salud for almost two years, and have spent the last nine months developing an after-school tutoring and mentoring program for the community's children. It is my experience with Puentes that has most shaped my understanding of professionalism and social justice in medicine. I have been most influenced by the creativity with which the members of the Puentes team help to meet the many needs of the community using limited resources and collaborative partnerships. This experience has informed my understanding of how I want to participate in the medical profession as a future doctor, and has provided the guidance and skills I will need to contribute positively to improving the health of vulnerable populations throughout my career."
Daphne Owen, Volunteer
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
"Puentes de Salud is a great nonprofit organization that in the past few years has managed to positively impact the welfare of the Hispanic community in South Philadelphia by providing free or low-cost health care to people of low income. It is also known for its initiatives in education and for promoting preventive health care measures to our community. The staff are distinguished physicians and volunteers that provide free high-quality health care with great enthusiasm and care.
It has been an honor and a privilege for the Mexican Consulate to collaborate with Puentes de Salud in various health care initiatives, especially the tasks involved in the Binational Health Care Week.
The Consulate will continue to support the efforts put forth by Puentes de Salud to improve the well-being of all Latinos and the Mexican Community in Philadelphia."
Min. Carlos I. Giralt-Cabrales
Cónsul de México (Mexican Consulate)
"In July of 2010, a young man walked into my dental office looking for medical help. Felipe was only 26 years old and looked terminally ill. I had heard about Puentes through my husband and contacted them immediately. With the help of Dr. Steve Larson, Felipe was admitted to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He endured several surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatment. The staff at Puentes helped Felipe get Emergency Medical Assistance to cover his medical bills. They also visited Felipe often and helped him communicate with the many doctors who were in charge of his case.
Unfortunately, this young man had a genetic thyroid cancer that had spread all over his body. Despite all efforts, it was too late. Felipe's disease went undiagnosed too long, even though he had been suffering for more than a year. He didn't know where to turn for help. His disease could have been easily remedied with a simple thyroid removal procedure.
Through this young man, I got to know the doctors and many volunteers that work at Puentes and saw their passion in helping these patients. I want to make sure the immigrant community is aware of the resources available to them when it comes to medical care. This is why my husband and I are committed to help this organization grow, so it can continue to provide medical care to the underprivileged immigrant community in Philadelphia and surrounding neighborhoods."
Beatriz Garces, Supporter/Partner
Garces Dental Group