The Heineman Medical Outreach, Inc., in partnership with Atrium Health to establish the International Medical Outreach (IMO) Program, is actively engaged in providing medical assistance not only locally but also in countries around the world.
While in the past this activity involved mainly lectures, visiting professorships, sharing of scientific data, providing training opportunities, as well as exchange of clinical knowledge and technological know-how, now with the most significant support of Atrium Health by providing us with deaccessioned materials and equipment, our activity has been considerably extended.
Some of our most recent international activity includes:
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories
Through the generous support of the Bissell Family Foundation and Bowen family, six mobile cardiac catheterization laboratories have been donated in Central America (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua). These laboratories have increased access to cardiac care for thousands of patients in urban and rural areas.
Donation of Medical Equipment and Supplies
Donations of medical supplies and equipment such as operating room tables, respirators, surgical supplies and echocardiography machines have helped medical facilities of all sizes in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, Belize, Kenya, Haiti, Tanzania, Panama, Zambia and El Salvador provide much-needed medical services to residents.
The IMO Program, in partnership with Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, has helped train medical personnel and physicians in Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Belize. We have also hosted international medical personnel from Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Cameroon, Moldova, Tanzania, Liberia and Uganda who spent a few days to several months receiving training in a variety of medical disciplines, including echocardiography, cardiology, pediatrics, orthopedics and emergency medicine.
With equipment donations from Atrium Health and grant funds, the Program helped assemble and open a modern, 14-bed pediatric intensive care unit at the San Pedro Sula Social Security Hospital in Honduras.
The IMO Program partnered with the local Ruth Paz Foundation in Honduras to open Central America’s first and only institute for children with burn injuries. The Program was able to donate 80 percent of the hospital’s necessary equipment and supplies, including patient beds, operating room tables, monitors, ventilators and disposable supplies. The hospital is expected to treat nearly 2,000 patients throughout Central America each year.
In Nicaragua, the Program helped repair and replace medical equipment such as cribs and respirators in the country’s only pediatric facility, La Mascota Pediatric Hospital.
Technology to Educate
Our Program is involved with non-medical educational projects as well. We have partnered with a philanthropic organization, the Sergio Paiz Andrade Foundation, to establish computer laboratories for students in 600 rural schools in Guatemala. The goal is to provide more than 15,000 computers. The Program has also donated refurbished computers and printers to a rural school in Dzidzantun, Yucatan. This is the school’s first computer laboratory, which will help enhance and enrich the community’s education.
We have transferred not only clinical and research information but also know-how in computer science and statistical analysis for cardiovascular patients. We have provided architectural assistance in the expansion of medical facilities. We are currently providing extensive training and equipment to R.A. Calderon Guardia Hospital in San Jose, Costa Rica as it establishes a cardiac surgery and heart transplantation unit. The Program has also established a medical communication portal between UNICAR in Guatemala and Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina, to allow 24/7 live consultation between cardiologists and physicians.