Charitable Eye Care

Guatemalan Clinic Benefits from Our Eye Care Specialists

The Hospital de la Familia is a hospital and clinic high in the remote mountain jungle of Guatemala. The hospital serves the impoverished people who live in this area and the many people who travel to this hospital from other parts of Mexico and Central America. This extraordinary hospital was built and sponsored by an American philanthropist, Jack Younger.

The hospital is staffed by a small group of local doctors. In addition, teams of American volunteer doctors, nurses, and technicians visit the hospital on a regular basis to provide highly specialized surgical care.

A critical part of the work of the Hospital de la Familia is surgical care for people who have lost their vision. Dr. Kutzscher and Dr. Schwartz have been members of a team of eye specialists who have regularly visited the Hospital de la Familia for 20 years. These volunteer surgical teams are able to restore vision to hundreds of people. Enjoy the accompanying photos which show some of the people and the countryside in this remarkable region of Central America where Latino and Mayan workers still labor to keep the coffee plantations alive.

The work of the Hospital de la Familia is sponsored by the Hospital de la Familia Foundation. This remarkable organization, based in the Bay Area, receives its funding from donors across the U.S.A. Seton Hospital has been one of the generous donors. If you would like to make a contribution, you can send a tax-deductible donation to:

Hospital de la Familia Foundation
P.O. Box 12981
Berkeley, California 94712-3981

Project Orbis & Clinic by the Bay

Our doctors are also proud to volunteer their time and services to other charitable organizations, including:

  • ORBIS (, a nonprofit organization fighting blindness in developing countries, where 90 percent of the visually impaired reside
  • Clinic by the Bay (, a private, nonprofit medical clinic that provides free health care for working uninsured adults residing in the Excelsior neighborhood, in Visitacion Valley / Portola and in Daly City