Jesus Christ declared… “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. Because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor; He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives, sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, and to proclaim the year of good will of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19)
Moved by evangelical and social responsibility, delegated in the “Great Commission” that Jesus Christ gave to his followers and with current validity (Mat 28:16-20), the Association of Costa Rican Medical Services (ASEMECO), through its Social Action program, communicates the Good News when informing about the fulfillment of the Mission that was assigned since its origins as Clínica Bíblica Hospital in the year 1929.
"Based on the word of God and love for others, Social Action of ASEMECO develops projects that facilitate access to a transforming integral health, directed at populations in vulnerable conditions."
"Be the national reference in the development of projects that facilitate access to a transforming integral health to those in vulnerable conditions."
Social action supports people and their families from all the national territory; its services are oriented towards attention to people and family groups in condition of socioeconomic vulnerability, meaning that because of their condition, they do not have the payment capacity to satisfy the basic needs of their health process.
Social Action develops projects for Transforming Integral Health, directed at populations in conditions of vulnerability. In order to fulfill the raison d’être (the purpose) of ASEMECO, Social Action works from the Christian beliefs as their transverse axis, and includes all labor activities that are developed in the different services. Currently, it is financed by more than one- third of the reserves of the Clínica Bíblica Hospital.
Assistance in the spiritual area to the individual, family and group level, showing the love of God to the users of the service.
The spiritual accompaniment that the users of the Social Action program receive is developed from different areas of action: individual and familiar spiritual attention, marriage counseling, daily devotions with the patients and collaborators, programs of Biblical discipleship directed at women and adolescents. We try to be a spiritual company for the patient at every moment.
Hellen Hernández, Consejera Espiritual
Phone: 2522-1000 Ext. 2008
Henry Alvarez A., Consejero Espiritual
Phone: 2522-1000 Ext. 5503
Social Work: It is the area with the responsibility to ensure that the benefits of the program are assigned to the established target population through the process of family group assessment. The services provided are complemented with processes of accompaniment, advice and education according to the identified needs of the users.
Guadalupe Arias, Professional in Social Work
For more information visit: Social Assessment Application
Provides attention to the users with the aim to promote, maintain and restore mental, emotional and behavioral health through attention in clinical consultation and group processes.
- Compas Group: Directed at adolescents and their parents with the aim to educate in healthy lifestyles based on Christian principles.
- Women Entrepreneurs (Grupo pro mujer - Pro-women group): Directed at women who are heads of households in order to give them emotional, vocational and entrepreneurship tools based on Christian beliefs.
Professionals in Psychology
Dentistry: The area of dental attention centers its actions on the prevention and attention of the most common oral diseases, as well as the restoration, and functional and cosmetic rehabilitation of the affected tissues. The Social Action Program also offers attention to people referred by organizations that serve a vulnerable population and share the same Christian principles and love to others as the Hospital. With the aim to give users the opportunity to rehabilitate, educate and grow, it helps organizations like Hogares Crea, Comunidad Maná, Centro Dormitorio de San José, Renacer, Casa Luz, Ejército de Salvación, Roblealto, Hogares Marvic, among other institutions that have similar interests as the Hospital. It also facilitates access to oral health to people who live in indigenous territories by conducting previously established dental health tours.
Teléfono: 2522-5000 Ext. 5510
The area of general medicine offers primary medical attention in external consultation in the Dayton Roberts Building, as well as visits to other entities of social welfare. Other than the development of projects in health promotion and prevention of diseases, it also supervises a mobile unit for the early detection of breast cancer. These are our medical programs:
- ADECI: Programa de apoyo al desarrollo y crecimiento infantil (support program for infantile growth and development). The ADECI program is directed at boys and girls younger than 6 months who, because of their health conditions, the health condition of their mothers, or because of social conditions, couldn’t be breast-fed. This program helps the families of these children by supplying the nutritional requirements through a breast milk donation.
- Workshops on healthy lifestyles: with the aim to educate and empower PAS users in relation to health-disease processes, educational workshops are created.
- Support to institutions with similar values as the Social Action Program: with the objective to facilitate access to health care, the medicine team travels to institutions and communities that share the same values: heal, educate and evangelize values, to perform general consultations and health care workshops.
Lazos Mobile Unit: The objective of the Lazos Mobile Unit is to facilitate access to mammography studies in rural and urban marginal areas to women of low resources. Accomplishments: more than 6500 mammograms to September 2013
More information in the Mobile section
Because we believe in the life of women and the importance of their work in Costa Rican society, the Action Program considers of extreme importance the task to look after feminine health; and conscious of how breast cancer occupies the first place in mortality and second in incidence, it has decided to direct efforts towards the early detection of this tumor through mammograms.
This initiative to create a mobile unit for mammograms is achieved through the union of public and private organizations, who in solidarity and identified with the health of women, turn this labor into one of great social interest for the country. The mobile is equipped with a mammography device and a high-resolution digitizer, attended by 2 professionals in images that provide trust, education and a cordial service to each beneficiary. A medical radiologist gives the interpretation and finally a general doctor provides results, recommendations and follow-up according to every case. Accomplishments:
The operation of the mobile unit started in May 2012, thanks to the work and contribution of the Clínica Bíblica Hospital, Teletica Canal 7, Banco de Costa Rica, Movimiento Rosa del Auto Mercado and ALIARSE. By the end of March, more than 9,000 studies have been performed, covering at least 30 communities in the national territory.
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Guillermo Fernández Aguilar
Phone: 2522-1000 Ext: 5500 ó 5502
Adriana Aguilar Villalobos
To access the services of the Social Action Program, the person must go through a Social Assessment, which consists of an interview in which the applicant (s) must meet the requirements in conformity with the family group characteristics. The Social Work professional will analyze the social, economic, cultural, relational and educational aspects to determine the existence and level of vulnerability of each family.
Steps for the Social Assessment Application
To receive attention in the different areas of the program, the next steps should be followed:
- Ask about the Social Action Program requirements in the reception area.
- Present all the requested documents in the reception area to get an appointment with Social Work.
- Go to the appointment with all the required documents
Requirements for Social Assessment
Applicants must present the following documents, which apply in accordance to their family group.Photocopy of the ID document in persons of legal age (ID, residency card or passport)
- Birth certificate or photocopy of the identification of a minor´s card.
- Wage certificate and photocopy of the Social Security wage deduction order of the members of the family group that work (with a 3 month validity). If the worker is independent, he must show an income declaration.
- Every person of legal age that does not work or works occasionally must present a certificate from CCSS specifying that the person does not have an established employer.
- If the family group receives an allowance for child support, a certificate must be presented. If the pension is voluntary, a letter from the father must be presented, specifying the monthly amount, signature, ID number and telephone.
- If in the family group, someone receives a pension (CCSS, MTSS, Ministry of Finance, or other regimes) or scholarship (IMAS, FONABE, MTSS, Universities, INA, or other institutions) a certificate of this should be presented.
- Present photocopies of the most recent receipts: water, electricity, telephone, rent, gas, cable, Internet.
- If the family group has debts (payment of household appliances, loans, mortgages, home sales, credit cards, among others), present a certificate or supporting document of the debt.
- If the family group has persons of legal age that are studying, present a study certificate or university registration proof of payment given by the academic institution (payment receipt or bill of exchange payment in university cases).
Our offices are located in the southeast building of the Clinica Bíblica Hospital.
Dayton Roberts Building of the Social Action Program.
Streets Central and First, Avenues 14 and 16, San José, Costa Rica.
Phone: 2522-1000 / 2522-1581. Phone/fax.: 2222-9884
PO Box 1307-1000 San José, Costa Rica