Since its establishment in 1943, the Heineman Foundation of Charlotte has been engaged in local and international humanitarian projects, primarily medical assistance through the donation of medical equipment as well as education to promote better living standards and sustainable healthcare.
The Heineman Foundation has partnered with Carolinas HealthCare System, one of the country’s largest non-profit systems, to establish the International Medical Outreach (IMO) Program. With support from foundations, firms and individuals, the IMO Program actively provides equipment and supplies donations to clinics and hospitals worldwide. These contributions improve and, in many instances, establish programs geared toward public health and individual patient care. Due to the Program’s relationship with Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, many of these programs focus on cardiac care.
In addition to sending material assistance, the IMO Program often sends volunteer physicians, technicians, nurses and hospital administrators to counterpart institutions to provide clinical and technical education and training. These efforts are complemented by opportunities for recipient providers to visit Carolinas Medical Center (CMC), CHS’s largest hospital, for extended familiarization tours. These visits provide medical providers valuable opportunities to observe and study new clinical procedures and advanced medical technology.
As of today, the IMO Program has improved the health of patients in 26 countries throughout Central America, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. In 2011 alone, the IMO Program provided more than $2.5 million in services, refurbished medical equipment and materials to industrially underdeveloped countries, and facilitated the exchange of many hours of medical education and training opportunities.
Other projects include upgrading hospital data systems; equipping indigent outpatient clinics; establishing a clinical consultation network with U.S.-based counterparts; establishing a transplant service; and sending surgical teams to perform and teach complex congenital heart procedures. A final area of focus was increasing the efficiency of emergency services…read more