Hospital del Salvador

The Hospital del Salvador is a hospital in central Santiago, Chile. The hospital is located in the commune of Providencia.

Hospital del Salvador
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LocationSantiago, Providencia, Chile
Coordinates33°26′14″S 70°37′30″W / 33.4371°S 70.6249°W / -33.4371; -70.6249Coordinates: 33°26′14″S 70°37′30″W / 33.4371°S 70.6249°W / -33.4371; -70.6249
OpenedDecember 7, 1871
ListsHospitals in Chile


Foundation stone
Hospital cloister

The hospital was founded on December 7, 1871, during the presidency of Federico Errázuriz Zañartu, in response to the high number of deaths caused by epidemics in Santiago.[1][2] The foundation stone was laid on the site of the former Mercedarian convent on January 1, 1872. Construction was delayed by economic problems and by the War of the Pacific (1879–84).[1][2] In 1888 a new hospital was designed by the architect Carlos Barroilhet, it was approved four years later.[1][2]

Part of the hospital facade was destroyed by the 1985 Chile earthquake, this was soon repaired. Also in 1985, the main facade, the chapel, the buildings, halls and the park within the building complex were declared as historical monuments.[1][2]

The hospital's ophthalmic trauma unit treated the majority of the eye injuries during 2019–2020 Chilean protests.[3][4] On October 21, 2019, a record twenty patients with eye injuries arrived at the hospital, ten within one hour.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Historia". Hospital del Salvador. Archived from the original on October 10, 2011. Retrieved July 16, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "Hospital Salvador". Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales. Retrieved July 16, 2011.
  3. ^ "Heridos oculares del estallido chileno, "abandonados" en medio de la pandemia". El Diario (in Spanish). June 6, 2020. Archived from the original on September 18, 2020. Retrieved June 19, 2020.
  4. ^ de la Paz, Patricio (December 24, 2019). "Los ojos perdidos de Chile". El Tiempo. Archived from the original on July 1, 2020. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  5. ^ "Médicos de la U. de Chile analizan 182 casos de heridos en los ojos: 24 personas presentaron "estallido ocular"". (in Spanish). TVN. January 2, 2020. Archived from the original on July 6, 2020. Retrieved June 30, 2020.