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About Janine Henson

Janine Henson is Vice President of CardioStart International and a BSN graduate from Indiana University School of Nursing. She is certified with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Outreach public health: Does it really make a difference?

One volunteers story CardioStarts’ mission team brings volunteers from all countries and career specialties including a select few students who come for the infusion of education and experience of their life.  This mission was no different for Emily Harper, premed student at the University of Oregon. Emily was spending special time on the mission with her father, Dr. Richard Harper, Emergency Room Chief and Professor at the VA and Oregon Health & Sciences University.  He, a seasoned mission veteran was part of the outreach team helping to meet medical needs [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:14:56+00:00 September 6th, 2013|Homepage Featured, Volunteer Profiles|0 Comments

Heart to Heart Benefit Success

Thank you so much for the generous support to “Heart to Heart” Benefit dinner to assist mission teams in saving lives of the children and the poor in Ghana, Uganda, Peru, and Vietnam.  This was our first full-scale fundraiser and the amount of donations you gave was impressive.  There are still some pledges trickling in, but most of the numbers are in. Are you sitting down?  Hold onto your hats if not....  You raised $45,033 dollars! wow... A special thank you to J DiMarce Group family for their generous support of $10,000 dollars [...]

By | 2013-08-10T14:55:35+00:00 August 10th, 2013|Blog1, Recent News|0 Comments

Report: Ghana Mission Successful

Dad will live to enjoy son, held by Ghana nurse On April 14th 2013, an all-volunteer team of CardioStart International embarked on its third cardiac surgery mission to the continent of Africa.  The Republic of Ghana is in West Africa. Kumasi lays West of Accra, the capital, and this second major historic city was once the capital of the Ashanti Empire. It continues to serve as the cultural centre of the Ashanti people. There is a single cardiothoracic centre in Accra. The National Cardiothoracic Centre [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:14:56+00:00 June 12th, 2013|Homepage Featured, News, Past Missions|0 Comments

Peru 2013 Mission Oct. 6-18

CardioStart will return to Arequipa, Peru, October 6 – October 18, 2013.  In this mission, we will again work at the Honorio Delgado Hospital in Arequipa, Peru and continue development of the Adult Cardiac Surgical Program and Outreach Initiatives. This is CardioStart’s 12th mission to Peru over the past 17 years. Volunteers with serious medical conditions should carefully consider obtaining consultation/approval from their doctor prior to joining the mission due to the high altitude at greater than 8,000 feet. Arequipa, Peru Arequipa is an ancient city positioned at approximately 8,000-8,500 [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:14:57+00:00 February 26th, 2013|Homepage Featured, News|0 Comments

Surgical team travels to Ghana in April

Ghana has been viewed as one of Africa’s most stable democracies, becoming a republic in July 1960. It is the first African nation to achieve independence from its colonial heritage under the United Kingdom in 1957. Very few West African countries have the resources to provide optimum cardiac care to their populations. Cardiac surgery requires relatively sophisticated diagnostic and surgical techniques and high level infrastructure operated by personnel with advanced training and expertise. The availability of cardiac surgeons per million of the population in North America and Europe is more [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:14:58+00:00 February 4th, 2013|Homepage Featured, News|0 Comments

CardioStart Expands Board of Trustees

Heart surgeon Dr. Mariano Brizzio and real estate developer and investor William G. Slagle have been confirmed as new members to CardioStart’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Mariano Brizzio Dr. Mariano Brizzio is a faculty member of Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and an Attending Cardiac Surgeon at the Valley-Columbia Heart Center in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Brizzio has been CardioStart volunteer for five years.  He served as chairman of the International Mission Committee and directed the past three CardioStart missions to Arequipa, Peru.  His [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:14:58+00:00 January 31st, 2013|News|0 Comments

Volunteer Profile: Called To Serve

Why is the more difficult path often the most rewarding? It is this path, made up of medical challenges, culture and language barriers and incomprehensible lack of current health and technology standards found in westernized countries that we find CardioStart volunteers walking. What makes a CardioStart volunteer? There may not be a stereotype of a CardioStart volunteer. But one thing is certain: they are called to serve. Sher Stiles, a critical care nurse living in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, has participated in two CardioStart missions—to Vietnam and Uganda—and will serve as Mission and Education Coordinator [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:14:59+00:00 January 24th, 2013|Homepage Featured, Uncategorized, Volunteer Profiles|0 Comments

Essential Pharmaceuticals donates lifesaving Custodiol HTK

During recent missions to Peru and Uganda, CardioStart perfusionists were grateful to receive a large donation of cardioplegia solution from Essential Pharmaceuticals, LLC. This vital solution protects the heart muscle during complex cardiac surgery. Essential Pharmaceuticals is a leader in the market of life-saving pharmaceuticals provided for the care of transplants and transplant recipients.  One of their products, Custodiol HTK, has been adapted for the use of cardiac surgery and is particularly helpful during CardioStart’s missions which demand efficient and reliable yet simple delivery methods.  CardioStart volunteer perfusionists have worked hand-in-hand [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:15:00+00:00 January 16th, 2013|Homepage Featured, News|0 Comments

Mission to Ghana in April 2013

CardioStart announces mission to Kumasi, Ghana, April 14 – 28, 2013 Applicants are welcome to apply for CardioStart’s surgical mission to Ghana by completing the Volunteer Interest Form page. Team selections will be made based on team needs and professional experience. CardioStart balances each team with returning volunteers and those joining a mission for the first time. The Republic of Ghana is in west Africa. Kumasi lays west of the capital Accra. This second major historic city was once the capital of the Ashanti Empire. It continues to serve as the cultural center [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:15:00+00:00 December 5th, 2012|News, Recent News|0 Comments

Donated ECG machine helps Peru pediatrics

In US hospitals and other developed countries, diagnostic medical equipment is prevalent. However, in many underdeveloped countries, like Peru, common cardiac assessment tools, like an electrocardiography machine or ECG (often called EKG), is often in need of repair, outdated, or simply nonexistent. Dr. Mariano Brizzio & Lourdes Cuadros, RN When CardioStart’s Mission Director, Dr. Mariano Brizzio, was preparing for the upcoming mission to Arequipa, Peru, in September 2012, he discovered that Honorio Delgado Hospital did not have an ECG for use with pediatric patients. Hospital staff would often use the ECG from another department [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:15:02+00:00 October 31st, 2012|News|0 Comments