During a two-day trip to Charlotte, NC, the First Lady of Guatemala, Rosa Leal de Pérez, visited Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center and during the tour recognized the Heineman Foundation of Charlotte and Atrium Health for its ongoing support to develop sustainable healthcare in Guatemala through medical equipment donations and education.

 (Left to right) Francis Robicsek, Maryland, PhD, presidente de Heineman; First Lady of Guatemala, Rosa Leal de Pérez; and Michael Tarwater, CEO of Atrium Health

(Left to right) Francis Robicsek, Maryland, PhD, presidente de Heineman; First Lady of Guatemala, Rosa Leal de Pérez; and Michael Tarwater, CEO of Atrium Health

Durante los últimos dos años, Heineman has worked with the First Lady’s foundation, Secretaría de Obras Sociales de la Esposa del Presidente (SOSEP), to provide quality healthcare equipment and services to Guatemalan hospitals and clinics in need.

“I am grateful to the program for its support and am here to say thank you on behalf of the thousands of Guatemalans who have benefited from your contributions,” Leal de Pérez said. “I want to congratulate the great teams that make Carolinas Medical Center a beautiful place and a great place to receive care.”

Rohit Mehta, Maryland, cardiologist with Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute (derecho), talks about cardiac catheterization procedures with the First Lady of Guatemala, Rosa Leal de Pérez, and Gerardo Pérez, language service manager for Atrium Health.

Rohit Mehta, Maryland, cardiologist with Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute (derecho), talks about cardiac catheterization procedures with the First Lady of Guatemala, Rosa Leal de Pérez, and Gerardo Pérez, language service manager for Atrium Health.

Leal de Pérez was involved in Heineman’s recent donations of infant beds, warmers, monitors and other equipment to a neonatal intensive care unit in Guatemala’s Hospital Regional de Cobán. Since the equipment installation in January, infant mortality in the unit has decreased by half. En diciembre 2014, the First Lady joined Heineman officials for the opening of an echocardiography (eco) laboratory opening in Hospital Regional de Zacapa. Echo machines are used to diagnose heart problems in children and adults. By donating the machines and training technicians to operate them, Heineman helps hospitals provide access to this life-saving service.

First Lady of Guatemala, Rosa Leal de Pérez, receives a tour of the patient rooms in the intensive care unit at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

First Lady of Guatemala, Rosa Leal de Pérez, receives a tour of the patient rooms in the intensive care unit at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

“The network of echo labs bring cardiac diagnosis into the modern age for millions and facilitate the delivery of cardiac services at low or no cost,"Dijo Francis Robicsek, Maryland, PhD, presidente de Heineman. “We look forward to continuing our mission to develop sustainable, quality healthcare in Central America and healthier communities in Guatemala.”

The echo lab opening in Zacapa was part of an Echo Lab Network project launched in 2010 by Heineman and by Guatemala’s cardiac center, UNICAR. The project aims to provide 13 hospitales rurales en Centroamérica con laboratorios de eco completamente funcionales. En Guatemala, ocho hospitales rurales ahora tienen estos laboratorios y han proporcionado más de 12,300 ecocardiogramas a miles de pacientes.

Desde hace más de 50 año, Heineman has supported hospitals and clinics in over 30 países con equipos y suministros médicos, y con las oportunidades educativas gratuitas para el personal médico de las instalaciones de todo el mundo. En Guatemala, it has facilitated the first open heart surgeries, programas de cirugía cardíaca desarrollada cardiología robusto y, y clínicas de atención primaria equipadas y salas de operaciones, entre otros centros de atención.