A litter bit More
Orthopedic Children Care Foundation
The Orthopedic Children Care Foundation (OCCF) is a private non-profit organization (501c3) founded to support medical services for underprivileged children suffering from orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions, finance medical research and promote the development of medical infrastructure dedicated to address pediatric orthopedic conditions.
OCCF has its root in Venezuela. Its founders are part of generations dedicated to keeping the Hospital Ortopédico Infantil true to its cause. With OCCF, they are leveraging their decades of experience to help Latin American communities in the United States that are in need of financial help.
Orthopedic Children Hospital. Caracas, Venezuela
Back in 1942, when Polio was causing havoc among Venezuelan children, a visionary entrepreneur, Don Eugenio Mendoza Goiticoa, founded the Venezuelan Foundation Against Infantile Paralysis (FVCLPI), with the mission to fight disability and the other sequel of Poliomyelitis. Joined by a group of collaborators, he built in l945, the most significant public service organization of that times, the “Anti-poliomyelitis Hospital of Caracas”, with the mission to provide care to the most vulnerable infantile population affected by Polio.
Years later, Dr. Jonas Edward Salk discovered and tested the polio vaccine. Thus began the massive immunization program of children between the ages of two months and five years. Later, in l955, Dr. Albert Sabin developed an oral vaccine with results that were very successful, to the point that the disease was almost completely eradicated.
By l956, very few cases of polio were reported in the country, and that explains why the Anti-poliomyelitis Hospital of Caracas changed its name to “Children’s Orthopedic Hospital” (HOI) attending not only patients affected by Polio but also those with osteoid muscular disorders.
Nowadays, due to the increasing demand of medical services in the country, the HOI expanded its services to 26 different medical specialties, keeping its core mission in helping children in need, with orthopedic and neuromuscular disorders.
More than 270.000 patients received attention at the HOI, and around 5.000 surgeries are practice yearly. These goals are achieved thanks to the commitment of more than 200 doctors and health professionals and a team of 500 people working together in one of the most successful nonprofit organization in the country.
A family legacy
HOI and FVCLPI has become the most important child care in Latin America.
For 70 years this foundation has been powered by Eugenio Mendoza's legacy. Passed down from generation to generation.
The love and passion for the cause is what makes this institution as solid and strong as it is today.
who we are
What drives us