First open heart surgery performed in Belize

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet BELIZE CITY, Belize — On Monday, physicians from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), in Belize City, Belize, and from Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) performed the first open heart surgery in the country of Belize. Adrian Coye, MD, medical services director at KHMH and Mark Stiegel, MD, FACS, cardiothoracic surgeon with CHS’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute (SHVI), performed a coronary artery bypass graft on a 72-year-old Belizean man. The patient is recovering at the hospital, where he will be monitored for at least three days post-surgery. On Tuesday, the surgeons were due to perform a mitral valve replacement on a 56-year-old Belizean woman, completing a second heart surgery. “This is a very special moment that has allowed everyone involved to make history in Belize,” said Coye. “Belizean patients should receive the same level of care as others worldwide, and we are thrilled to have reached this point in what we can offer for medical services in our country.”Although heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Belize, the country lacked a modern cardiovascular diagnostic and interventional facility up until 2011, when CHS’s International Medical Outreach (IMO) Program began providing support. Before that time, patients would either not receive treatment or would travel to neighbouring countries for cardiac services. Today, due to ongoing support from the IMO Program, KHMH has the equipment and medical expertise necessary to diagnose and treat patients with heart ailments in the country. “This is an exciting time for the people of Belize, and we hope this achievement paves the way for future improvements in the country’s healthcare services,” said Francis Robicsek, MD, PhD, founder and vice president of the IMO Program, a partnership between CHS and the Heineman Foundation of Charlotte (Heineman). “In collaboration with SHVI, we will continue our support to KHMH and emerging cardiology program to provide sustainable cardiac care in Belize.” The IMO Program donated and installed the country’s first fully-equipped cardiac catheterization laboratory in February 2011 at KHMH, one of only two major hospitals in Belize. The laboratory, also equipped with diagnostic imaging equipment, modernized cardiac care by 30 years.Since October 2011, the IMO Program has sent cardiology teams from SHVI to perform catheterizations in Belize each month and will continue to send teams until the interventional cardiologist at KHMH is trained to perform catheterizations alone. The procedures performed in the laboratory have helped identify several patients in need of open heart surgery. “We are proud and privileged to support our colleagues in Belize and to help them offer advanced cardiovascular services for the benefit of their citizens,” said Michael Tarwater, chief executive officer of CHS. “Our involvement in this momentous accomplishment is an outcome of CHS’s commitment to healthcare innovation and its quality cardiology programs through SHVI. We look forward to continuing our collaboration globally.”The open heart surgery program at SHVI was ranked in the top 15 percent in the United States for coronary artery bypass graft and received a three out of three star rating by The Society for Thoracic Surgeons from July 2010 to June 2011.The IMO Program also helped make possible the first heart transplant surgery in Costa Rica in 2007, and it co-founded the largest, most comprehensive heart institute in Central America, located in Guatemala City, in 1984. The institute was established nearly a decade after the Program assisted with the first five open heart surgeries in Guatemala.Since the 1960s, the IMO Program has donated a variety of medical equipment to hospitals and clinics worldwide, and it has facilitated free educational opportunities for medical personnel from facilities globally. Coye and other medical staff at KHMH have benefited from educational experiences at CHS’s largest hospital, Carolinas Medical Center, in Charlotte.“This is a milestone in the history of KHMH and of medicine in Belize,” said Gary Longsworth, MD, chief executive officer of KHMH. “The procedures prove what can be done when you have a committed and determined team, as well as wonderful cooperation from organizations like CHS and Heineman.”Caribbean News Now Share HealthLocalNews First open heart surgery performed in Belize by: – July 18, 2012center_img Share 22 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Swiss refuse to release Venezuelan FIFA suspect on bail

first_imgZURICH (AP):A senior South American soccer official has been denied bail on health grounds in Switzerland as he fights extradition to the United Sates after being indicted in the FIFA bribery case.CONMEBOL vice-president Rafael Esquivel of Venezuela, one of seven soccer officials arrested in Zurich in May, is currently in hospital in Switzerland, the Federal Office of Justice told the Associated Press yesterday.At the time of his arrest, the 68-year-old Esquivel was president of the Venezuelan federation he has led since 1988. He has since been replaced by an acting president.Esquivel is accused by American authorities of receiving bribes worth millions of dollars in connection with the sale of marketing rights to the Copa America tournaments in 2007, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2023.Esquivel is appealing against the decision last month by the Swiss justice ministry to grant an American extradition request, the Berne-based justice office said.poor stateAn earlier statement by the Federal Criminal Court, which didn’t name Esquivel, said he had sought bail because of his “advanced age and poor state of health”. That was “not regarded as sufficient to counter the risk of absconding”, the court said.The court also found that he was “more than capable of travelling”, has no close ties to Switzerland and electronic monitoring would not reduce his flight risk. Further medical tests are being carried out.Extradition requests have also been granted for ousted FIFA vice-president Eugenio Figueredo and former Costa Rican federation president Eduardo Li.Three other men are in custody in Switzerland after being indicted in the corruption case launched by the US Justice Department and arrested while here for the FIFA Congress in May.The US blocked Nicaragua’s attempt to extradite FIFA development staffer Julio Rocha. Costas Takkas, a British aide to former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, and JosÈ Maria Marin, who was president of the 2014 World Cup organizing committee in Brazil, remain in custody.Webb is the only one of seven men arrested in Zurich to now be in the US.Sepp Blatter is still in power at FIFA after rejecting demands on Friday from four sponsors to quit immediately instead of remaining president until the emergency election in February.When contacted by the Associated Press yesterday, Coca-Cola, Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev and McDonald’s all declined to say what their response would be to Blatter snubbing their request. Visa did not respond to questions.last_img read more

Public Health Ministry mulls establishment of Nurses’ College

first_imgIn an effort to address the human resources aspect in the health sector, the Public Health Ministry is seeking to acquire 30 acres of land to establish a college for nurses, as a way to build capacity.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence“A college, where all tiers of persons within the nursing profession will be given the opportunity to improve themselves. Where, for example, we can have modern technology that will allow for simulations whether it is with a university in the United States, Russia or Cuba. Students can be right here in Guyana and be connected to those classes,” Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.This was highlighted by the Minister during the observations for the 90th anniversary of the Guyana Nursing Association (GNA). This initiative is one of many that the Ministry has planned as it continues to development of the healthcare services in Guyana.“We want to ensure also that at the end of the day, irrespective of where our people would like to reside because the world is becoming a very small place that we continue to have the necessary resources we need in Guyana”.The Minister pledged that her Ministry will continue to work assiduously towards achieving the Health vision 2020.last_img read more