The Foundation for the Children of the Californias is a tri-national collaboration with Canada, the United States, and Mexico, endeavoring to improve the health and nutrition for the children of the mega-region of San Diego and Baja California through the operation of Hospital Infantil de las Californias, a model pediatric specialty medical and education complex, located one half mile into Baja California, Mexico.
About Hospital Infantil de las Californias
Hospital Infantil offers outpatient services in 25 specialties and services (including day surgeries, dental, ophthalmology, orthopedics, and physical therapy) in a 56,000 square foot facility. Over 60% of the staff is volunteer and no child is turned away for inability to pay.
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Meeting the Need
The Foundation was formed in response to an urgent need for a pediatric medical center in Northwestern Mexico. Until 1994, Baja California was the only Mexican state bordering the U.S. without a medical specialty care center for children. Concerned pediatric professionals joined forces with civic, business, and academic leaders from Mexico, Canada and the United States in an effort to fill this void. According to Mexican law, this project is legally classified as one of the very few “private non-profit” institutions in Mexico. Today, Hospital Infantil treats over 3500 patients every month from both sides of the border.