Various religious authorities, politicians and professionals took part in the inauguration event, which took place last June 16 in compliance with current pandemic-related safety regulation. It was also broadcast on the Municipality's channels via social networks.
"May this place be a source of blessing for many people and may it express efforts in favor of the common good in this way," said the bishop of Araçatuba, Msgr. Sérgio Krzywy, before proceeding to the blessing of the premises. While the Secretary for Health of Araçatuba, Carmem Guariente, thanked the Salesians for the fruitful collaboration, which began in 2017, and assured "this is the first of many to come."
Fr Ricardo Carlos, Provincial of the Brazil-Campo Grande Province (BCG) and UniSALESIAN Chancellor, also stressed the importance of collaboration with the Municipality: "Society needs to look at these good examples. I congratulate all the people involved who, in fact, contributed to this center being reborn, and that there are many other initiatives like this and that our society is the great beneficiary.”
Finally, the mayor of Araçatuba, Dilador Borges, stated "this agreement with UniSALESIANO will bear many fruits. We shall have many health professionals who will pass through here and will remember the institute that trained them."
The agreement between the Salesian university and the municipality of Araçatuba provided for the restructuring, starting last September, of the former municipal emergency room, located in the Santana district, then making the center for practical training of the students of the UniSALESIANO medical course available.
The "Auxilium" structure will centralize the specialist outpatient services of the Single Healthcare System to ensure efficient, systematized, but always patient-centered health care.
The clinic will see doctors specializing in cardiology, urology, otolaryngology, orthopedics, angiology, as well as a multidisciplinary team made up of professionals in the areas of physiotherapy, nursing, nutrition and social work.
There will also be programs to treat patients with Hansen's disease and those undergoing ostomy and a gynecology clinic equipped for all minor tests and surgeries.
The new facility will also host the Reference Center for Workers' Health, which provides medical and nursing assistance for commerce, businesses and industry; and new equipment dedicated to physiotherapy.