Hospital Nacional De Niños Dr. Carlos Saenz Herrera

Specialist Hospital/Clinic | San Jose, Costa Rica

Hospital description

This hospital is a large, dedicated Paediatrics hospital in Costa Rica which has developed through a number of changes to the medical care of children in Costa Rica. The event that brought the current hospital into being was the Polio epidemic of 1954. The existing hospital for Paediatrics, San Juan de Dios, was unable to cope with the unexpected increase in the number of affected patients. As a direct result of this, Dr. Carlos Sáenz Herrera was inspired to ​​build an appropriate facility for care of children; a project that began with the wholehearted support of the Social Protection Board of San Jose and distinguished personalities of Costa Rican society.

In 1954, Dr. Carlos Sáenz Herrera started the campaign through print and radio in order to raise money for the dedicated hospital and he received an enthusiastic response from the general public. The Needs Programme National Children’s Hospital was opened in May 1956 and in 1957 construction of the National Children’s Hospital began. The hospital was completed in May 1964, and was inaugurated by the President, Mr. Francisco J. Orlich, Dr. Carlos H. Bishop Rodriguez and about 10,000 people.

The hospital has a special heritage to the people of Costa Rica and is well thought of by the population. It is also a model hospital and as such has responsibilities to ensure the appropriate development of healthcare in Costa Rica.


Hospital type Specialist Hospital/Clinic
Local language Spanish
Funding Status Public


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