In 1924, the Vaccaro Brothers Company constructed a hospital in La Ceiba to provide medical services for employees, their families and the entire community.
The hospital was named Hospital Vicente D’Antoni (HVD) and was donated to the Vicente D’Antoni Foundation, a non-profit organization made up of members from the Standard Fruit Company of Honduras (Dole) and members of the La Ceiba Municipality that still manages the hospital today.
The Vicente D’Antoni Foundation has managed the hospital since the beginning and has helped it grow into one of the best hospitals on the Atlantic coast of Honduras. Soon, HVD will also gain the title, “Best Equipped Hospital in the Country.”
HVD is a general hospital that is incorporated with the National Autonomous University of Honduras and acts as a school hospital. It participates in Stanford University’s Interplast program and has exchange programs in place with the Tulane Medical Center from the University of Tulane and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, both located in Louisiana, USA.
Running HVD is a Board of Directors nominated by both Standard Fruit de Honduras and local authorities. The Board consists of a President, Vice-President, three Vocal Proprietors and three Vocal Substitutes named by Standard Fruit de Honduras, as well as three Vocal Proprietors and three Vocal Substitutes named by the city. Nominations occur annually and members can be reelected.
The hospital has 56 beds, 30 permanent doctors, 20 visiting doctors covering a wide range of specialties and 80 nurses. It also has a large parking area, 24-hour guard service and a landing area for helicopters.
- Automated laboratory
- X-rays and Ultrasounds
- Endoscopies and Colonoscopies
- Video-laparoscopy surgery
- General surgeries
- Orthopedics neurology
HVD has a pharmacy with an ample selection of basic medicines and approximately 700 products. This selection is updated annually to ensure that all available medications meet the current health requirements. The pharmacy is available to hospitalized patients on a 24-hour basis and eight hours per day for ambulatory patients.
There is also an Intensive Care center consisting of five beds for acute medical problems. While undergoing Intensive Care, patients receive 24-hour monitoring with sophisticated equipment and specially trained personnel.