Villa on Dunbar Rock Funds Hyperbaric Chamber Installation in Guanaja, Honduras

  • WCHM Magazine
  • Volume 07 - Issue 2

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March 8 was a proud day for people of Guanaja and the Bay Islands when dignitaries gathered for the dedication ceremony of Guanaja's first hyperbaric chamber and clinic, Clinica Hiperbarica.

This project began two years ago when Dr. Matías Nochetto, director of medical programs for Divers Alert Network (DAN), proposed the idea for a chamber to Guanaja’s Mayor Spurgeon Miller, Villa on Dunbar Rock owner and Chief Executive Officer Kirk Laney, and Vice President of Business Development and Operations Mark Walker.

The clinic, now officially open, was made possible through a grant from DAN and generous contributions from Laney and Delia Cornett, whose late husband, Donald Cornett, was Laney’s longtime business partner. The dedication plaque inside the clinic building reads, “In honor of Don Cornett, whose drive for excellence in life, thoughtfulness for others, and selfless acts provided the inspiration for donation of this hyperbaric chamber to the people of Guanaja.”

“Our long-term goal is to educate our staff and neighboring resorts about the benefits of continuing to give back to Guanaja,” Walker said. “One of the best ways we can do this is by taking care of its people and promoting a healthier life for them, beginning with the Clinica Hiperbarica. Through the combined efforts of many people and agencies, your municipal government can now operate and offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy not only to the people of Guanaja but those of the Bay Islands and the nearby Honduran mainland coast as well. Equally important is the positive impact that knowledge of an accessible chamber will have in promoting dive tourism to the island from around the world.”

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Funding of the clinic is just one of the many ways that the Villa on Dunbar Rock is giving back to the community and the people of Guanaja. The Villa is also responsible for establishing, with the assistance of many supporters, Guanaja’s first Library and Learning Center in Bonacca, which has been stocked with more than 10,000 books donated by guests from the Villa.

Most recently, they dedicated countless hours reestablishing the dive site mooring ball system throughout the national park system. More than 50 dives sites have been set up on the system to protect the reefs.

The Villa on Dunbar Rock dive vacation resort is located approximately 7 miles east of Roatan and 36 miles north of the mainland of Honduras. Perched on a cay with 360-degree views of Sandy Bay, Guanaja, and surrounding cays, this unique resort blends beauty and serenity in a laid-back,inviting atmosphere. The Villa covers 15,000 sq.ft. and includes a PADI/SSI dive center that offers concierge dive services, two spacious dive boats, and a reef system you can practically call your own. Amenities include 8 ocean-front rooms and 2 ocean-front suites, a white-sand beach, infinity pool and pool bar, cardio room, great room for dining and lounging, and porch swings and hammocks throughout. The resort offers 7-night packages for Saturday to Saturday stays that include accommodations, hearty meals, diving, and more. For more information, visit www.dunbarrock.com.

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