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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.

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cardiac assessment tools, like an electrocardiography machine or ECG (often called EKG), is often in need of repair, outdated, or simply nonexistent.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

Heart Surgeon’s 25-year Impact

Dr. Aubyn Marath I met Dr. Aubyn Marath in 2006 when I participated in my first CardioStart mission to Arequipa, Peru.  He seemed attractive, energetic, and visionary.  In the subsequent six years, I have come to see him as the most altruistic, compassionate, and humanitarian person I have ever met. Much of my relationship with Aubyn has taken place in clinical settings.  His approach to complex clinical problems is thoughtful and resourceful.  For patients with complex congenital heart disease, Aubyn draws from a wealth of [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:15:03+00:00 October 19th, 2012|Blog1, Homepage Featured|0 Comments

Outreach Health Screenings

As part of the CardioStart surgical mission, several volunteers coordinated a community health screening for diabetes and high blood pressure. Of the 278 people screened, five individuals were diagnosed with diabetes and 17 with severe hypertension. Patients were referred to the local doctor, who was present at the screening venue. One individual was diagnosed with such severe hypertension that the local doctor purchased the medication himself for the patient and referred him to Cardiology the next day.  Seriousness of Rheumatic Fever and Strep Throat Undiagnosed and untreated Rheumatic Fever and [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:15:04+00:00 October 12th, 2012|Homepage Featured, Past Missions|0 Comments

20 Lives Saved in Peru

Thirty-four volunteers, skilled in cardiovascular surgery, assessment and post-operative intensive care, ventured to Arequipa, Peru, for CardioStart’s 10th cardiac surgical mission to Honorio Delgado Hospital. Volunteers hailed from across the US, Canada, Italy and Argentina to form a cohesive medical team during the two-week mission, concluding October 6, 2012. Thanks to the leadership of Mission Director and cardiac surgeon, Dr. Mariano Brizzio, the mission was a huge success. Over the previous nine missions to Arequipa, CardioStart strived to implement a sustainable cardiovascular program at Honorio Delgado Hospital. This year, important [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:15:05+00:00 October 11th, 2012|News, Past Missions|0 Comments

Vietnam November 2011

CardioStart Volunteers Teach Advanced Cardiac Surgery & Critical Care Twelve patients were recipients of cardiac surgery and 27 patients received pacemaker implementation. This accomplishment and collaborative effort included a mini-symposium, and is on record as by far the largest free implant gift provided to patients in one sitting throughout Vietnam. “These Vietnamese surgeons are already very skilled, doing the simpler procedures and managing them well,” said Janine Henson, Mission Director, and Vice-President of CardioStart. “They asked us to assist in their progression by providing mentoring and teaching new skills to [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:15:05+00:00 October 1st, 2012|Past Missions|0 Comments

Healing Hearts in Peru

I cannot believe we will be celebrating CardioStart’s 11th mission to Honorio Delgado Hospital in Arequipa, Peru, later this month. I clearly remember CardioStart’s first mission.  It really felt like a different world.  The teammates became like family to me in the experience.   Just to add to the new challenges it was the first time I had the responsibility in leading a mission.  My co-leader was my rock though and we got through it together. From housing issues to building an ICU from scratch we learned tremendous lessons, which continue [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:15:06+00:00 September 18th, 2012|Blog1, Homepage Featured, Peru|0 Comments

Uganda Awaits CardioStart Team

With a waiting list of 100 adults and 200 children in need of cardiac surgery, a CardioStart surgical team will be welcomed to Uganda Heart Institute in Kampala, Uganda, Africa. The 10-year-old hospital is leaning on five international cardiac teams to help them develop their program through a 5-year plan. The Heart Institute’s needs are great. With various types of medical equipment in need of repair, biomed personnel can be instrumental in helping. A new cardiac catheterization lab was recently opened and can use interventional cardiac support, especially with pediatrics. [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:15:06+00:00 September 7th, 2012|News|0 Comments

Uganda 2012 Mission

CardioStart announces our 2012 inaugural mission to Uganda, Africa, November 4 –16. We invite you to participate on this team. This is both an adult and pediatric surgical mission. As part of the mission, we will assist the Mulago University Hospital (MUH) in their 5-year development plan to establish pediatric heart surgery and cardiology intervention services. To date, MUH has made advances in pediatric cardiac evaluation and surgery, and the evolution of a cardiac catheter laboratory. […]

By | 2017-02-01T22:15:07+00:00 September 7th, 2012|News|0 Comments

Supporter Raises $10K for CardioStart Missions

Holly Sackett has a passion for helping others, especially those in developing countries. And she has proven once again that she can instill her passion for helping those in need to others by organizing a successful fundraiser. Sackett invited CardioStart founder, Dr. Aubyn Marath to the event to share his personal experiences of performing free heart surgery around the globe over the past 25 years. […]

By | 2017-02-01T22:15:07+00:00 September 6th, 2012|News|0 Comments