$270 million loan planned to improve three hospitals

The Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica will provide the funds for a new Puntarenas hospital to replace the Hospital Monseñor Sanabria, that was heavily damaged in the Sept. 5, 2012, earthquake.

President Laura Chinchilla signed documents Tuesday that will advance the loan.

The total is $270 million of which $129.6 million will go to the Puntarenas project.

The new facility in a different location will have 502 beds and extensive supporting departments. The central government said the new facility will be earthquake resistant.

A new tower at Hospital Calderón Guardia in San José will have 239 beds and nearly double the hospital’s capacity.

The facility lost a three-story wing July 12, 2005, when a fire determined to have been set swept the surgical recovery area and other locations. There were 19 deaths.

The third project will be at the Hospital La Anexión in Nicoya that also was affected by the 2012 earthquake. A new building with 136 beds will be constructed.

All the hospitals are operated by the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

Casa Presidencial said that the new facilities would benefit residents of 30 cantons, about 1.5 million person.

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