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Janine Henson

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.

Brazil Mission Report

2014 Mission to São Luís, Brazil August 31-September 14, 2014 Hospital Universitário da Universidade Federal do Maranhão (Hospital Materno Infantile and Hospital Presidente Dutra)   On August 31, 2014 a team of 22 CardioStart volunteers including 2 outreach personnel began a partnership with the Federal Hospital of Sao Luiz, Brazil, which provides free care to impoverished patients in the region of Maranhao State and the Pediatric Hospital. Through daily lectures, hands-on demonstrations and protocol provisions the CardioStart team was able to begin the changes necessary to improve care to benchmark [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:14:44+00:00 October 21st, 2014|Homepage Featured, Past Missions|0 Comments

Dominican Republic Report

MISSION # 61 CARDIAC PROGRAM BUILDING IN SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC APRIL 2014 In collaboration with Heart Care Dominica (HCD), CardioStart International returned to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for another successful heart surgery mission. The mission took place at Corozones Unidos Hospital with a focus on adult patient cardiac surgery and education. With an international team of 20 volunteers and the local team this new program was a success. Six patients were chosen to receive life-saving heart surgery during the 6-day mission. As of this writing all were progressing well [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:14:53+00:00 June 8th, 2014|Homepage Featured, Past Missions|0 Comments

Dominican Republic 2014

Adult Cardiac & Older Congenital Pediatric Heart Surgery Mission Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic   March 30 - April 5, 2014 The International Management Committee representing CardioStart is pleased to announce the mission to Es Salud Hospital in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.   The mission will focus on adult and older pediatric presentations. Facts about the country Capital: Santo Domingo Dialing code: +849 Population: 10.3 million Language: Spanish The Dominican Republic is a nation on the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western three-eighths [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:14:55+00:00 February 11th, 2014|Past Missions|0 Comments

Kumasi, Ghana 2014

CardioStart Mission Announcement to Kumasi, Ghana March 30-April 11, 2014 CardioStart announces its 2014 mission to Kumasi, Ghana at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).  Applicants are welcome to apply using our Volunteer Form. 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. […]

By | 2017-02-01T22:14:55+00:00 January 8th, 2014|Homepage Featured, Past Missions|0 Comments

2013 Peru Mission Report

On October 6, 2013, CardioStart International performed their 11th Cardiac surgery mission to Arequipa Peru under the direction of Dr. Mariano Brizzio.  A team of 28 volunteers hailing from 5 countries joined together at Honorio Delgado Hospital to give the gift of life to 10 adults and 2 children.  Many of the cases were multiple cardiac surgery interventions yet all did well and were discharged within a week of the team leaving the country. The team struggled with a lack of disposables, which were held in customs with the 40-foot [...]

By | 2017-02-01T22:14:55+00:00 January 7th, 2014|Blog1, Homepage Featured|0 Comments

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