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

ENTERTAINMENT BUZZ: Allison Hinds, Nicky Manaj, Vybz Kartel

first_imgSoca star Allison Hinds drops new single  The Caribbean Queen of Soca, Allison Hinds, is getting ready for the next carnival season with a new single, a new team and a new look.Hinds, according to Loop T&T, is working with new management team, Perception Management and has already released a new single of the season – “Pull Up.”The song was written and produced by Badjohn Republic.Her signature locks are also now hidden under custom-made wigs by Trinidadian stylist Leiselle Barnett of New York.This Trini is the highest-paid female rapper in the world Trinidad-born rapper Nicki Minaj is now the highest-paid female rapper in the world. The 35-year-old is worth a whopping $75 million, making her also one of the top-grossing artists, despite not releasing an album since 2014. She brought in $20.5 million in 2016, according to Forbes and was the only female artist to earn a spot on its Cash Kings 2016: Hip-Hop’s Highest-Earning Acts list.Kartel criticized for new song Jailed dancehall deejay, Vybz Kartel, is being slammed by some fans on Instagram for his new song, which some say promotes domestic violence.Kartel recently previewed “One Box”  on the social media site, featuring a woman with a black eye and a finger over her lips. On the song he deejays over a dancehall beat:“One box in a yo face, just true yo reach home late, Jesus Christ good thing yo never dweet whole day, dead yo would a dead same place, the boy waan kill yo for your pum pum.”Many slammed the deejay with one fan writing: “Don’t like the theme of this song… nothing to dance to here. Domestic violence is no joke. Some men will listen to that theme and use it as an instruction manual.last_img read more

Mortgage Fraudsters Ease Up in Q2

first_imgMortgage Fraudsters Ease Up in Q2 October 15, 2015 427 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, News, Origination, Uncategorized As interest rates continue to lower and home values rise, mortgage fraud application risk has fallen 8.9 percent from the second quarter of 2014 to the second quarter of 2015, according to CoreLogic’s October 2015 Mortgage Fraud Report.The Mortgage Application Fraud Risk Index showed that approximately 12,814 of mortgage applications, or 0.67 percent, contained fraud in the second quarter of 2015. Last year, during the same time, 11,100 mortgage applications, or 0.69 percent, contained indications of fraud.The index calculates fraud risk based on the share of loan application with a high risk of fraud. The index is standardized to a baseline of 100 for the share of high-risk loan applications nationally in the third quarter of 2010. Each one point change represents a 1 percent change in the share of mortgage applications have a high risk of fraud.CoreLogic points out two factors that are affecting declining fraud risk rate: interest rates and home values.Declining interest rates from 2013 through April 2015 are welcoming more qualified buyers in the refinance market and lowering mortgage fraud risk. In addition, higher home values are adding equity to homes, which allows homeowners with previously marginal equity to purchase a new property, refinance, or obtain a home equity loan.Susan Allen, SVP, Mortgage Analytics at CoreLogic noted that “although overall fraud trends are stable to decreasing for most of the country some geographies warrant scrutiny.”The Miami, Florida metro currently ranked number one in terms of mortgage fraud risk, with an index of 339, down 9.1 percent year-over-year and down 2.9 percent quarter-over-quarter.”One such area is the Miami CBSA, which ranks atop the CoreLogic fraud list of metropolitan areas. Of particular concern is that house prices in Miami appear to be overheated, as indicated by the CoreLogic Market Condition Indicators. Moreover, house prices in the Miami CBSA have been accelerating at a far greater pace than have rents for single family homes, suggesting that prices may not be a good indicator of sustainable value. This combination of risk factors makes areas like Miami worth paying attention to.”Tampa, Florida; Orlando, Florida; North Port, Florida; and New York City, New York wrapped up the top five metro areas with the highest risk indices.Click here to view the full report.center_img Share CoreLogic Miami Mortgage Fraud Risk 2015-10-15 Staff Writerlast_img read more