The PUNTACANA Resort & Club (PUNTACANA Foundation) in partnership with the Dominican Secretary of Public Health (SESPAS) and The Edward Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) signed a 5-year agreement in 2005 to co-manage the operation of the rural clinic and provide primary healthcare and basic medical services to the community of Veron on an on-going basis.
The PUNTACANA Foundation also pledged to provide seed funding and in-kind support to US physicians and Dominican doctors to provide continuous medical services to a region that was not adequately preparedto meet its increasing population and the emerging medical needs. Additionally, medical students from VCOM were to pass through clinical rotations at the facility.
PCRC also commited to a taskforce on Financial Commitment to Development to alleviate poverty by providing economic opportunities through sustainable development for its employees and the neighboring community.
The PUNTACANA Resort & Club (PCRC) is one of the leading tourist destinations in the Caribbean and a family of businesses that has been a pioneer in sustainable development and tourism in the Dominican Republic for more than 35 years. Since its inception, PCRC has committed to poverty mitigation by supporting economic development and creating decent employment opportunities, while ensuring the health and well-being of the local community and natural environment through sustainable tourism.
In 1984, PCRC built the PUNTCANA International Airport in what was a sparsely inhabited eastern tip of the Dominican Republic. In the ensuing 35 years, as a direct result of the PUNTACANA airport, the Punta Cana region has become the fastest growing tourist destination in the Caribbean, leading to the creation of 22,000 hotel rooms in more than 50 hotels, 35,000 jobs and a 0% unemployment rate in the Punta Cana area. . As a result of this economic activity, the region grosses the highest per capita income in the Dominican Republic.
Specific to health, PRCR supports the Veron community composed largely of PUNTACANA employees or people in ancillary industries that support tourism. As recently as15 years ago, Veron had no more than a dozen homes. Today, the rapid growth of jobs and economic opportunity has attracted thousands of people from throughout the Dominican Republic to the Punta Cana region causing explosive growth in Veron. At present, the community has no public infrastructure, no urban planning and has seen a considerable increase in social ills such as crime, prostitution and health problems. In efforts to address these issues, PUNTACANA Resort & Club and PUNTACANA Foundation, the Rural Clinic is now staffed with 2 fulltime Dominican doctors, a monthly rotation of at least 2 VCOM medical students throughout the year, a nurse, and administrative staff. The staff provides primary health care to approximately 50-70 patients daily, including pre-natal care, woman's health, basic medical supplies, and consultations at a minimal fee. Also included are vaccinations for polio, community outreach and education, and research related to infectious disease.