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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.

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

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