Migrant Health Center, Western Region, Inc. (MHC, Inc.) began operations in the western region of Puerto Rico in April of 1971, by means of a federal initiative focused on providing health services to the migrant agricultural population. In 1986, MHC, Inc. became a non-profit corporation by law of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, thus expanding its medical services to communities in general.
MHC, Inc. provides high-quality and integrated health services at their clinics in Mayagüez, Guánica, Yauco, Isabela, Lajas, San Sebastián, Las Marías, Maricao, and its Special Projects division. Our services consist of family physicians, general practitioners, pediatricians, general internists, OB/Gyn, dentists, optometrist, mental health professionals, pharmacies, vaccinations and medical laboratories. MHC, Inc. also provides services for the prevention and treatment of HIV and leads the way in providing Buprenorphine treatment services in Puerto Rico. MHC, Inc. is the first Federally Qualified Health Center (Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act) on the island that has received PCMH (Patient Center Medical Home) certification in nine (9) of its eleven (11) clinical facilities, by means of NCQA (National Committee of Quality Assurance). (Read more)
Mission: Migrant Health Center, Western Region, Inc. is a leading integrated healthcare services center, strategically located in diverse communities to ensure that all residents, regardless of their ability to pay, have access to a continuous and coordinated care that focuses on their needs. Our mission is to transform the quality of life of our patients, their families, and the community through an innovative, high-quality service delivery model characterized by respect, sensibility, inclusiveness, and its humanity.
Vision: To be renowned as a model of excellence in comprehensive, patient-centered care due to its innovative integration of services with the highest quality standard.
MHC, Inc. provides high-quality health services in an integrated manner at their clinics in Mayagüez, Guánica, Yauco, Isabela, Lajas, San Sebastián, Las Marias, Maricao, Cabo Rojo and its Special Projects division. Our services consist of family physicians, general practitioners, pediatricians, internists, OB/Gyn, dentists, optometrist, mental health professionals, pharmaceutics, vaccinations and medical laboratories. MHC, Inc. also provides services for the prevention and treatment of HIV and leads the way in providing Buprenorphine treatment services in Puerto Rico. MHC, Inc. is the first Federally Qualified Health Center (Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act) on the island that has received PCMH (Patient Centered Medical Home) certification in nine (9) of its twelve (12) facilities by means of NCQA (National Committee of Quality Assurance).
The Corporation is led by a Governing Body, of which 51% of its members make use of our services. These members represent the communities served and are volunteers with experience in Health, Commerce, Agricultural, Fiscal, Education and Legal industries, among others. MHC, Inc. provides services through the Puerto Rico Government Health Reform in the respective primary medical groups (GMP for its Spanish acronym) of Mayagüez, Lajas, Yauco, Cabo Rojo and Guánica (GMP 215), San Sebastián and Isabela (GMP 112), Maricao and Las Marías (GMP 240), as well as Las Marías and Maricao (GMP 240). In all clinics we accept GMP 0215 and GMP M62. We attend to the Medicare and Medicare Advantage population, and we accept the majority of private health insurance plans.
Message from the Director
As Executive Director of Migrant Health Center, Western Region, Inc. (MHC, Inc.) it is a great pleasure for me to be part of this interesting and innovative Corporation and to witness the positive evolution that we have undergone throughout the years. I am grateful to our Governing Board and Staff Members, who have all adopted this Institution as their own and are committed to achieving each of our goals and objectives, which are centered on our patients and their health care, as well as their social and economic needs. Our main objective is to identify and serve those in need of healthcare interventions and those who are in some way deprived of these services.
Being a certified “Patient Centered Medical Home” (PCMH) organization, all of our services are included under the same roof, focusing on the patients’ needs. I am also extremely proud of the diversity of our Special Projects and the men and women who are committed to providing high-quality services with integrity and free from the discriminations that society commonly shows the marginalized and stigmatized populations we so gladly serve. These programs include: HIV and Hepatitis C prevention and treatment, substance abuse prevention and treatment, mental health, homeless health services, needle exchange, specialized services for the LGBTTQI communities, and distribution of prevention related materials through vending machines. Through these programs, we are able to help individuals living with these conditions while also attending other special needs and social issues that affect their daily lives.
At present, our Corporation is in the process of transition not only to a new healthcare model (PCMH), but also in terms of its general structure and processes, including facility infrastructure. We will continue to invest in remodeling our facilities, purchasing new equipment, and expanding service spaces, which will be a competitive advantage in the future. These efforts will allow us to adapt to changes in the healthcare environment and to identify new opportunities that will enhance the services provided to participants and their families.
We invite you to form part of our family, “Caring for your Health”. Come join us at our clinics located in Mayaguez, Guanica, Lajas, Yauco, Maricao, Las Marias, Isabela, Cabo Rojo and San Sebastian. Be part of our evolution towards a better, high-quality healthcare system.
On behalf of our Governing Board, as well as our medical, clinical, and administrative staff, we welcome you and thank you for your support.
Dolores Morales, CEO
Migrant Health Center, Western Region, Inc.
MHC, Inc. consists of a team of highly skilled general practitioners, which provide primary, personal and continuing health care. These professionals are your first choice in care, they will help coordinate the attention you receive from other healthcare workers if necessary.
In search of the best state of well-being of its participants, MHC, Inc. includes amongst its medical professionals, highly skilled psychiatrists. They are in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of people who suffer from mental illness, and from reduced cognitive or behavioral function, thereby creating balance between their physical, mental, emotional and social state.
Every MHC, Inc. facility has skilled psychologists at its disposal. These professionals evaluate cognitive, affective and behavioral processes, and provide therapeutic services focused on the holistic wellness of the individual.
MHC, Inc. has at its disposal a team of odontologists skilled in caring for your and your family's oral health. We also have specialists in cosmetic dentistry and oral surgery, with the most modern equipment and innovative treatments.Clinics:
Regular visits to your dentist may prevent other health problems.
In each of our MHC, Inc. facilities you may request the care of medical professionals in the field of Family Medicine. These specialists are skilled in providing services to men, women and children of all ages. Family Medicine is based on continuing or individual doctor-patient relationship, which is focused on integrated care.
In MHC, Inc. we offer optometry services providing primary care in visual health. The optometrist examines, diagnoses, treats and manages changes in vision. MHC, Inc. optics has a wide variety of high-quality eyeglasses at its disposal.
MHC, Inc. has a team of skilled gynecologists and obstetricians focused on the health and the illnesses of the female reproductive system. The obstetricians work with family planning, and pre, peri and postnatal care.
For optimal health, women should consult a gynecologist when puberty is reached.
In the MHC, Inc. facilities, you will receive the care your children need, thanks to our pediatricians and subspecialists. Pediatrics is the field of medicine which pertains to child development and illnesses. We provide integrating health services, incorporating: vaccination, nutrition, and oral, visual and mental care, among others.
Internal medicine doctors dedicate themselves to adult comprehensive care, and are focused in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the illnesses that affect internal organs and tissue. In turn, they collaborate with the multidisciplinary team in the management of chronic conditions.
MHC, Inc. clinics offer medical laboratory services in: Isabela, Maricao, Mayagüez, Lajas, Guánica, San Sebastian, Las Marías and Yauco. The laboratory’s standard schedule is 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
PLEASE VERIFY EACH CLINIC’S WORKING HOURS – The laboratory’s standard schedule is 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Our pharmacies are registered under the 340B Drug Pricing Program. This program makes it possible to provide medication at a lower cost for people with low income with or without medical coverage (participants without coverage will be evaluated for our “Sliding fee”).
Pharmacies are located in:
We have vaccination centers for Puerto Rico Government Health Reform participants, located in our clinics in:
For more details on work hours and available vaccines, please contact your nearest clinic.
This program was created with the intention to carry out recreational activities for elderly people of age 60. MHC, Inc. coordinates and provides transportation for recreational group activities to various interesting tourist attractions. This way, we promote healthy changes to situation of this population.
To participate in this program, please contact your nearest clinic.
As part of our commitment to the community, we have set up two new modern physical fitness facilities for the well-being of MHC, Inc. participants.
With this program, we intend to improve the health and physical condition of the individual.
For more information and necessary documentation please contact:
San Sebastián: 787-896-1665
Carr. 119 Km 35.2 Bo. Piedras Blancas, San Sebastián (clinic parking lot)
Calle Ramón E. Betances #491, Mayagüez (behind our administrative offices)
MHC, Inc. has at its disposal two mobile units that are able to provide primary care services, oral health care and health fairs in communities and hard to reach areas.
Nutrition is an important part of the patient's health. Healthy eating habits as well as physical activity are pillars of good health, and mental and physical development. Certified nutritionists will be of service at our clinics, to help you develop a better management of your nutrition.
Please contact your nearest clinic for more on information on working hours and appointments.
How can family planning be of help to you?
Family planning is the practice in which a person can choose when and how many children they will have, and the intervals between the births.
For more information about family planning, please consult with your primary physician.
Social services is a profession based on the practice and the academic discipline that promotes the development, cohesion and strengthening of people in society.
The social worker is an integral part of the multidisciplinary team at MHC, Inc.
This project offers medication-assisted treatment with Suboxone, intended for abusers of heroin and other opiates. The objective of this program is the improvement of health through the integration of primary health services, pharmacotherapy, and behavioral health.
How does it work?
Suboxone is a strip or tablet that dissolves under the tongue. Once it does, it will decrease or eliminate symptoms of withdrawal and the desire to use opiate drugs. This medicine must be prescribed by a certified doctor.
Caseworkers will help and evaluate the individual needs of every patient and their families as part of the continuity of medical care. This personnel is in charge of coordinating, supporting and assisting with the services plan, if need be.
The caseworkers help with:
Our clinics are in possession of licenses issued by the Puerto Rico Department of Health to provide you with medical certificates. For more information please contact your nearest clinic.
The purpose of health education is to promote, maintain and improve individual and community health through educational processes. Health educators are at the communities’ disposal.
For more information please contact the nearest clinic.
The Corporation has a Special Projects Division, which focuses on providing high quality health and prevention services to typically marginalized populations. This division is composed of seven projects aimed at the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, substance abuse, and primary healthcare services, dental and mental health care services, among others.
This project offers its services to men who have sex with other men (between the ages of 18 to 29), and transgender people.
The services include:
#191 Dunscombre Ave, Mayagüez PR 00681 – 787-833-6399
This project offers primary healthcare services to homeless people. The services include:
Work hours: Monday to Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
#189 Dunscombe Ave, Mayagüez PR 00681 – 787-833-1880
This project offers HIV prevention services to drug users and injecting drug users. The services include:
#185 Dunscombe Ave, Mayagüez PR 00681 – 787-805-4870
This project offers Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for people with opioids addiction problems.
The services include:
#187 Dunscombe Ave, Mayagüez PR 00681
392 South Ramón Emeterio Betances St, Mayagüez PR 00681
#185 Dunscombe Ave, Mayagüez PR 00681
This projects offers syringe exchange program (SEP) services and disinfection tools to injecting drug users.
Our SEP facilities are located in:
#185 Dunscombe Ave, Mayagüez PR 00681
The condom distribution program has condom dispensers available 24/7. These dispensers are located at:
This project offers integrated health services that specializes in and is aimed at people living with HIV.
The services include:
Proyecto SSIMA has clinics located in: Mayagüez, San Sebastián, Guánica, Proyecto AMA, Lajas, Maricao, Isabela, Litoral, Las Marías, La Salud and Yauco.