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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

Hard to foresee crowds of fans returning ‘any time soon’: FA chief Greg Clarke

first_imgLONDON: Football Association (FA) chief Greg Clarke feels fans won’t be filling up stadiums any time soon and they should brace themselves for big financial losses as a result. More than 3.5 million people have been infected by coronavirus so far while in excess of 245,000 people have lost their lives worldwide.Football has been suspended for the time being and authorities are even considering hosting matches behind closed doors. Clarke believes fans won’t be turning up in stadiums as social distancing remains the only weapon in people’s fight against coronavirus. “The reality is that we just don’t know how things are going to pan out,” Clarke said in letter to FA council as per Sky “But with social distancing in place for some time to come we do face substantial changes to the whole football ecosystem. “For example it’s hard to foresee crowds of fans — who are the lifeblood of the game — returning to matches any time soon,” he added. European football associations are trying their best to complete the season, which has been suspended since March as a precautionary measure to contain the outbreak of the virus. Countries like France, Netherlands and Belgium have already called off their respective seasons but England, Spain, Germany and Italy are still trying to find a way to complete the remaining matches. IANS Also Read: Time has come for me to help grow other leaders, says Faf du Plessis Also Watch: Gaurav Gogoi In an exclusive chat with Oineetom Ojah only on Sentinel Assamlast_img read more

Kappa Sigma Nationals investigating viral e-mail

first_imgA racy e-mail that has spread virally through the Greek community and beyond is currently under investigation by the Kappa Sigma Fraternity nationals.The e-mail, whose author claims to be a member of Kappa Sigma, asks the members of the fraternity to relate all of their sexual encounters in “Tucker Max format.” Tucker Max writes and blogs about his drunken activities and sexual exploits.The author of the e-mail refers to women as “targets” for the entirety of the message.“I will refer to females as ‘targets.’ They aren’t actual people like us men,” the e-mail reads. “Consequently, giving them a certain name or distinction is pointless.”The e-mail contains a glossary of explicit terms to define males, females and descriptions of body parts. The author of the e-mail also details a way for the members of the fraternity to rate the physical attractiveness of their partners. Women are then categorized by their nationality and ethnicity in the e-mail.“The content [of the e-mail] is contrary to everything [Kappa Sigma stands] for and we are not going to allow individuals to attempt to tarnish our name in any form or fashion,” said Mitchell Wilson, executive director of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. “We will pursue this as far as we can.”The full text of the e-mail has been circulated to many students both Greek and non-Greek, and it has been posted on online college gossip sites.Wilson said he received a phone call Monday from Zach Timm, president of Kappa Sigma at USC, about the e-mail.“Obviously we are appalled that [the e-mail is] associated in any way with our name because the e-mail is disgusting and offensive,” Wilson said. “We are going to do our best to identify who the author is and hold the person accountable.”Pat Lauer, president of USC’s Interfraternity council, and Ayushi Gummadi, president of USC’s Panhellenic council, said they were first made aware of the e-mail Thursday.Though the e-mail purports to have been sent from a member of USC’s chapter of Kappa Sigma to the other members of the house, Lauer said IFC has yet to confirm who sent the e-mail, if the e-mail really was sent from a member of USC’s chapter of Kappa Sigma or how the e-mail was disseminated to the public.“We have been told and understand that this e-mail was forwarded from another source outside this community, but there have been so many contradicting facts being uncovered,” Lauer said. “At this point we are going to wait for Kappa Sigma’s nationals to conduct their investigation before making any conclusive statements.”Until Kappa Sigma nationals has finished its investigation, the university and IFC will not decide on a course of action.Wilson said Kappa Sigma nationals has been in touch with its legal commission, which will investigate if there are ways to go through internet service providers to track the source of the original e-mail.“Certainly the content is not reflective of our fraternity and we don’t want someone associated with our fraternity who would say such a thing. If there is such a member, he will go through our disciplinary process which could be suspension or expulsion,” Wilson said. “But what we see in some situations are individuals of other organizations or students who were trying to pull pranks put together such types of communication like this to get chapters or members of our organization in trouble.”Ray Carlos, assistant director of USC’s Office for Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development, said he does not currently know if there will be repercussions on the university level.“Until all of the facts are revealed, I cannot speculate on the outcome,” Carlos said.Lauer said he is disappointed an e-mail like this would be connected to the Greek community at USC.“The e-mail is repulsive, it’s ridiculous, it’s insulting,” Lauer said. “It’s just really sad that this e-mail doesn’t reflect the standard of any fraternity or chapter in our community. What’s more shocking is that such a respected fraternity’s name is on that e-mail.”Gummadi said members of Greek houses should remember they are reflections not only of their chapters but of the Greek community as a whole.“There’s obviously a freedom of speech allowance, but we also have to remind ourselves that when we pledge a fraternity or sorority we commit ourselves to holding ourselves to the highest possible standards of the community,” Gummadi said.Gummadi said PHC hosted an event in February called “Something of Value” that focused on women fostering positive images. She said PHC will continue to host bi-weekly roundtable discussions to reinforce positive healthy behavior.“Sexual behavior is based on individual decisions,” Gummadi said. “That said, I think one of the strongest things we can do is be good role models and lead by example. We want to set positive examples in terms of knowing that [women] should have standards, be safe and not engage in risky sexual behavior.”Lauer said successful fraternities at USC follow a similar model of leadership.“Younger guys in the house look up to older members who succeed socially, networking with women in positive ways, and create models that people can look up to,” Lauer said. “By creating those self-sustaining models of leadership, we can rid ourselves of [sentiments] like this.”Lauer and Gummadi believe this incident will serve as a reminder to students about the positive and negative powers of social media.“It just kind of serves as a lesson that we need to be diligent about what we say on private or public listservs,” Lauer said. “This is a clear reminder that we are always wearing our letters. We as Greeks are a part of something much bigger than our individual selves.”last_img read more