About Us

Our Mission

La Carlota Hospital shares a message and an integral health model with the entire population that is focused on the needs of the patient his/her family, with professional staff specialized in educating and alleviating pain and suffering in the context of the great Christian hope of a better world.


The Hospital y Sanatorio of Montemorelos was founded more than seventy years ago, by men and women of wide vision, moved by a vocation to serve.

Its construction began in August of 1946 under the direction of Professor Juan Gil, assisted by Engineer and Professor Horacio Kelly, both of whom are gratefully remembered in the history of Adventist work in Mexico.

The founders were:
  • Dr. Iner S. Ritchie
  • Dr. Raymundo Garza
  • Pastor and Professor Haroldo F. House.
The funds were donated by:
  1. The Governor of the State of Nuevo León, Arturo B. De la Garza, who purchased the land and donated it to the Asociación Civil Filantrópica y Educativa (ACFE).
  2. The Adventist Hospital and Sanitarium in Glendale, California; which donated the sum of U$72,750.
  3. The Kellogg Foundation, which donated the amount of U$145,500.
  4. ACFE covered all other expenses through donations given by thousands of anonymous church members, whose contribution was instrumental in the completion of the grand project.

The inauguration and dedication took place on January 25th, 1947.

In 1982, the hospital moved to a new building, not far from where it was originally founded, and was renamed as Hospital La Carlota (named after the land where it was built, known as “Hacienda La Carlota”).

Many people and projects have gone through at Hospital La Carlota, but the philosophy and mission remain the same: to be the top choice for health and sanitation services for the community of the citrus region. However, its service is not limited to a specific region, since Hospital La Carlota serves people who come from the different States of the Mexican Republic and abroad.

Our hospital offers patients more than 25 medical specialties including oncology, pneumology, and bariatric surgery, as well as radiology and imaging services, laboratory, cafeteria, hemodialysis and, more recently, a physiotherapy and rehabilitation center. All these services offer discounts for people of limited resources, through our “Luz y Vida” community clinic. Additionally, we perform a yearly campaign for general and gynecological surgery.

Over the years, Hospital la Carlota has grown and diversified. It currently has an eye clinic known as “Instituto de La Visión La Carlota”, a specialized service with first-class technology. In coordination with various public and private entities, it also provides ophthalmological care to the most vulnerable sector of the population. Every year, the clinic organizes at least five cataract surgery campaigns that help hundreds of patients. We are the private hospital that performs the most cataract surgeries in the country. In addition to operating on patients at a minimum cost, they are provided with lodging and food when needed. We also have a Dental Clinic, where private patients are treated at the “Centro Dental Lloyd Baum”, named after its founder and main donor. To meet the needs of low-income patients in the community, we have created the Clínica Dental Universitaria, which is staffed by doctors and dental interns from the school of dentistry at Universidad de Montemorelos.

Last but no least, our wellness center known as “Centro de Vida Sana” promotes good health through hydrotherapy, exercise, diet, and lifestyle treatments. The integration of these services, which started in 2010, has combined with all other areas to make of Hospital La Carlota a modern health network, ready and willing to meet the needs of our community; to be a part of the change we all need to be healthier and happier individuals.

Iner S. Ritchie

Dr. Hersel E. Butka