The Heineman Foundation of Charlotte (Heineman) supported the opening of a vascular echo lab at Mount St. John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC) in Antigua. In collaboration with Atrium Health – through the International Medical Outreach (IMO) Program – Heineman donated an ultrasound and lab equipment, and helped train a nurse who will perform the studies at the hospital.
“The earlier we can intervene with the patients at risk the better – it’s sometimes the difference between losing and saving limbs,” said Gary Thomas CEO MSJMC. “This donation from the IMO Program further supports the work that’s already being done by the hospital and puts us in a better position to positively impact the lives of those we serve. We are extremely grateful to them for their generosity and for taking a lead role in being among the first to bring this new technology to the hospital.”
The equipment will perform a full range of lower arterial, upper arterial and venous studies, providing complete vascular diagnostic services for patients. The vascular echo lab will be managed by Ashline Francis, a nurse who was trained at Atrium Health’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute. Nurse Francis received thorough training in noninvasive vascular testing for peripheral vascular disease. She will be working closely with MSJMC’s Radiologist, Dr. Raghunandan Gangappa, who will review results.
The hospital will also be utilizing its Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS) which allows their team of specialists in Antigua to conference with specialists in the United States (and other countries) through a virtual communication portal.
“The IMO Program is pleased to be able to provide the hospital with this lab, which will directly impact the health and wellbeing of the patients served,” said Dr. Timothy Roush, vascular surgeon with Atrium Health’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute.