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Rocky Medical Center in Puerto Peñasco

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Manuel Palacio the person behind Rocky Medical Center to talk about the center and Rocky Point in general. We laughed as I reminded him when we first met, I didn’t have gray hair and we laughed. I asked him why he decided to build the facilities which included a luxury spa and complete medical and dental facility. He, like myself and many others who know that you can’t just rely on tourism, felt that Puerto Peñasco needed something more to attract people. That in theory that was great, but then came the market crash. He opened the operation just prior to the crash and so it took it’s toll, as did condo sales and other tourism related businesses here.
Fast forward to today, we will still rely heavy on tourism and with the cruise ship departure port moving forward, but we have to look to other avenues to attract people to Puerto Peñasco. As we all know the cost of medical, dental and prescriptions cost a fraction of what they cost in the United States. So why not lean towards the medical field? This facility can do plastic surgery and already has 2 accredited doctors that come here from Hermosillo and Caborca to perform such operations and another plastic surgeon who has the foresight to come here and leave Mexico City, D.F.

Surgery Room in Puerto Penasco
Surgery Room
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

At the time of this article, they have on staff a General Surgeon, Dr. Jesus Antonio Rubio Alvarado, Dental Surgeon is Dr. Lucero Moreno Noriega, OB/GYN is Dr Miguel Angel Perea Ruelas, Plastic surgeon is Dr. Ramiro Espinoza Mata and Doctor of General Medicine is Dr. Jesus Gonzales, Gaytan.
The dental program is up and running and by appointment only, the dentist will meet you there to take care of your needs. No more making an appointment and driving down here only to find the dentist went out of town for a few days. Should you need extensive work, they will have available suites to stay in. You can just sit back and relax in one of the 4 suites that are currently being finished.
Surgery Room in Rocky Point
Surgery Room
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

In addition to the above mentioned rooms, they have an additional 14 rooms to act as the place where the doctor examines you, just like the United States. There is a lot of room for expansion on the grounds as well. Somewhere down the road, they may me able to offer an extended care facility for folks that want to live here, but don’t want the idea of owning a home or condo.
Now with the addition of Dr. Gonzales formerly of the Sandy Beach Medical Center, they can offer 24/7 care. Manuel expressed the need for such a thing seeing the amount of tourist traffic we receive every year.
Birthing Room in Puerto Penasco
Birthing Room.
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

In addition to the maternity room, where during the past year they have had many women giving birth there is a general surgery room as well.
In regards to Plastic Surgery that also is by appointment only. The clinic is open 10-6 daily and you can come by to make the appointment or call (638) 102-0739 or email to
I think from the pictures posted here, you can see this is a first class center and will only get better as we add more doctors.