The Anna Seethaler Hospital
In November of 1999, Fr. Scott visited some friends who were working with the poor in Oaxaca, Mexico. Oaxaca is both the name of the state and its capital. The capital is 320 miles southeast of Mexico City. Oaxaca is the third poorest state in the country, with a large indigenous population. During his visit, it became very apparent that there was a need for quality healthcare for the poor. Although Mexico is a socialist country, only a small percentage of the poor have any opportunity to receive adequate healthcare. On the final day of his visit, he committed himself to building a medical clinic to serve the poor who were coming in large numbers to the capital with the dream of making a better life for themselves.
It took one year to buy, remodel and equip a building to serve first as a clinic and later as a hospital. Fr. Scott was able to finance the project with the help of many generous benefactors.
The clinic was opened in November of 2000. Between 2000 and 2005, the clinic continued to expand. It is now a full service hospital named after Fr. Scott’s mother who was a great inspiration in his life. It is the only hospital/clinic in Oaxaca that supplies a place for the families of the patients to stay while they are being treated. Some of the patients travel six hours to come to the hospital to receive both quality care and compassionate attention.
The hospital/clinic serves about 2,300 patients a month. During any given year, the hospital will treat as many as 300 patients who are so poor that they are unable to pay a peso for their treatment. Because of this, the hospital can only pay its bills through the continual generosity of benefactors. Fr. Scott has established a non-profit organization (TASH, Inc) in the United States to receive donations. It is a 501C(3) organization which allows donations to be tax deductible.
In the midst of great poverty, The Anna Seethaler Hospital offers hope and healing to many poor people. It is one small way that God hears the cry of the poor and answers their prayers.