At the Hospital Divina Providencia the development of the activities destined to bring attention to the patients revolves around the palliative care, which is conformed by all the medical and spiritual attentions designed with the purpose of making the patient accept his or her illness and die with dignity at the same time that the family is prepares to deal with the loss. There are different areas, with their respective activities, that allow the Hospital to offer an integral attention.
First of all is the Hospitalization Area, in which the patients receive attention from doctors and nurses who are in charge of their well being. Some of the main activities in this area are the prescription and application of controlled medication in order to relief the patient’s pain. These medicines are combined with vigilance from doctors and nurses; thus realizing daily visits in order to reckon the illness’ evolution and realizing new diagnostics and prescriptions, besides holding interviews patient’s family with the purpose of agreeing on the best form of cooperation and creating conscience among them. On the other side, the Hospital provides the needed spiritual assistance to strengthen the patient during his or her illness via the reception of the Sacraments.
The Hospitalization Area counts with three levels of classification for the patients’ attention; these are based on their health and needs. Level One comprises the patients who can ambulate freely and are self-sufficient, but who are in need of vigilance from doctors and nurses. Level Two is in charge of the patients who suffer physical limitations caused by their illness, therefore requiring an extra amount of care. Finally, the patients on Level Three are those whose condition is fragile and that are close to passing away, demanding a more complex and constant type of medical and nursery attention. At this point it is important to mention that there is no available information regarding the patients’ life expectancy on any of the three levels, this due to the fact that most of them return to their homes or return to the Hospital several times during their illness.
EMOTIONAL CARE AREA
Equally important is the Emotional Care Area, with its activities aimed at preparing the patient to face his or her illness and passing away, while working to provide the patient with better understanding of what he or she is dealing with and offering companion in such difficult times. The emotional care is provided by a professional psychiatrist who donates her time to the well being of the patients. Besides, the Hospital counts with an Emotional Care Hall on which the patients can carry out diverse ludicrous activities such as crafts, drawing, playing board games or watching a good movie.
Finally, the Kitchen Area has the responsibility to provide patients with their meals three times a day. It is important to stress that none of the patients inside the Hospital hold a special diet, so the main objective of this area is to provide balanced and healthy food that can also be enjoyed by the patients. The food, just like all the services provided by the Hospital, is totally free.
The chapel complements the services that the Hospital Divina Providencia provides to its patients. It was originally meant for offering spiritual support to the patients; however the chapel’s affluence grew to receive ordinary people from outside the Hospital in the celebration of Eucharist and other Sacraments and special activities.
The Hospital Divina Providencia's Chapel is world widely renowned due to the fact that Monsignor Oscar Romero was assassinated during Mass celebration on March 24th 1980. The visit of this Chapel forms part of the pilgrimage that many realize to better know Monsignor Romero’s life.
The Chapel is also a fund-raiser for the Hospital, by allowing the celebration of Weddings, Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, Fifteen Years Celebrations and the dedication of particular intentions in the celebration of Mass. In order to realize all these activities a contribution must be paid, which is destined to support the Hospital’s patients.
Constituted as an establishment with full independence from the Hospital Divina Providencia, the Monsignor Romero Historical Center is formed by the house in which, during his life in this Hospital, Monsignor Oscar Romero lived; attracted by the solidarity towards this institution’s patients decided to live among them as another member of this community during his time as Archbishop of San Salvador.
The inside of Monsignor Romero’s house has been conserved just as its resident left it, here the visitor can admire diverse objects that illustrate in a complete way the life and work of Monsignor Romero. Among the items found when realizing this visit are: photographs from Monsignor Romero’s life, work and funeral; his personal library, the liturgical ornaments worn by Monsignor at the time of his murder, awards and acknowledgements to his work, personal use objects, mural paintings dedicated to his person and particular expressions of gratitude thanking his intercession.
For over twenty five years the Monsignor Romero Historical Center has been acknowledged as a true arrival point for pilgrims from around the world, who attracted from far away by the illustrious example of Monsignor Romero’s life converge on the place that was his humble home to honor his memory.
The religious sisters in charge of attending this center will gratuitously receive any visitor interested in getting to know Monsignor Romero better by visiting the place ha called home. The visiting schedule is from Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 n. and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays only from 8:30a.m. to 12:00 n. On Sundays, the Historical Center is closed.