In 1985, Carlos Guarderas – Member of the Board of Directors in CONCLINA – took his granddaughter to be treated in the Emergencies Room of the Hospital Metropolitano (inaugurated a few days before). At that same moment, a girl who had the same problem as her granddaughter arrived with her mother, with the big difference that they didn’t have the resources to pay the cost of her care. It was there that the spirit of service to those who need it most was kindled in Mr. Guarderas.
Thanks to this, on June 10th, 1986, Metrofraternidad was born with the main objective of facilitating quality health care in patients with limited economic resources.
American Medical International – an American company expert in the administration of hospitals and health institutions in several countries – that owned about 89% of CONCLINA’s shares, decided to cancel its operations outside the United States.
For this reason, at the end of 1986, Cecilia Barahona de Paez – at that time General Manager of CONCLINA – was commissioned by AMI to sell its shares, at a time when investments in health care in Latin America were almost non-existent. Unfortunately, neither national investors nor large foreign health corporations had an interest in said investment.
After exhausting all efforts, AMI decided to sell a part of its shares at a reduced price to doctors and the community, and in turn keep 10% of the shares to continue advising and transmitting its know-how in hospital administration to Hospital Metropolitano.
However, the most relevant decision was to donate the remaining value in shares to Metrofraternidad Foundation, so that Hospital Metropolitano and CONCLINA Group become a community asset and exist to provide excellent health care to the people who need it most, regardless of their financial situation.
On January 20th, 1987, under the Presidency of Carlos Guarderas and by Ministerial Agreement No. 2427, the Ministry of Public Health approved the Statute of Constitution of the Metrofraternidad Foundation.
1988 – 1999
In addition to the facilities and infrastructure of Hospital Metropolitano, the foundation treated its patients in a medical office in Calderon (Quito) thanks to the support of the Rotary Club.
The operations were focused on external medical checks, procedures and high and medium complexity surgeries.
1999 – 2004
Under the initiative of Carlos Guarderas and the financial support of the Members of the Foundation, CONCLINA and third parties, we acquired a house to set up the first Fraternity Specialty Medical Center, located in front of the southern parking lot of the Hospital.
It was equipped with 10 clinics and all the facilities so that nearly 100 doctors of Hospital Metropolitano – Foundation volunteers – could provide medical checks to low-income patients.
In the first year, medical care was provided to around 2,000 patients, a number that progressed to around 8,000 in the year of its closure (2012).
In June 2005, under the leadership of Dr. Andrea Molinari, we started the Child Blindness Prevention program in agreement with the Pan American Health Organization and other organizations. Our goal was and is to reduce the prevalence of severe ophthalmological diseases that lead to blindness or visual impairment in children throughout Ecuador.
Since then, the program has simultaneously developed training projects for fellows in the area of Pediatric Ophthalmology, so that they can replicate their knowledge and techniques in other rural areas of the country.
Under the initiative and leadership of Dr. Pablo Teran, in June 2009 an inter-institutional cooperation agreement was signed between Fundación Metrofraternidad and the Club Kiwanis Equinoccial.
Its objective was to jointly organize, finance and execute Clinical-Surgical Brigades to provide quality care to populations that did not have access to specialty medical services.
This was the beginning of one of the most representative health programs of Metrofraternidad. Since its origin, 71 medical brigades have been carried out, allowing us to bring quality health care to remote rural areas.
2012 – 2020
The Foundation acquires the complete P0 floor of Tower III within the Torres Medicas Building; located on San Gabriel and Nicolás Arteta streets (Quito, Ecuador).
Its new Medical Center had an area of more than 600 meters, built with the highest medical standards. It consisted of doctor’s offices, nursing stations, preparation areas, waiting areas, and administrative offices.
Every year we saw between 9,000 and 11,000 low-income patients in our external consultations; and we performed nearly 400 high and medium complexity surgeries.
¿Did you know that a baby born who’s born with a cleft lip and palate will need specialized medical care during all stages of growth, until at least 18 years of age?
That’s why in 2017 our dream of serving those most in need continues to grow and the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic is founded. There each patient is fully cared for by a group of specialists from different branches: Pediatrics, Plastic Surgery, Maxillofacial Surgery, Otolaryngology, Speech Therapy, Pediatric Dentistry, Psychology and more.
At the beginning of 2020 the operations of the Medical Center are suspended in order to focus specialty medical care on children and adolescents with limited resources who require surgery that saves or considerably improves their quality of life.
In addition to the programs for the prevention of childhood blindness and the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic, the Foundation defines it focus and economic resources on 4 medical specialties: pediatric cardiology, pediatric traumatology, pediatric surgery and pediatric neurosurgery.
Since then, our invaluable and specialized volunteer doctors continue to treat patients in their private offices. Meanwhile, surgical interventions and post-operative recovery processes are done within the Operating Rooms, Intensive Care Units and facilities of Hospital Metropolitano.