This mission was CardioStart’s 5th adult cardiac surgery mission to Clinica Corozonas Unidos, in Santo Domingo.  HeartCare Dominicana, Inc. facilitated the team’ presence during the week and arranged for patients to be seen for this humanitarian surgical program.   Several complex valve repairs/replacements were performed with intensive involvement with the local team.  Unique to this hospital, two Off Pump Coronary Artery Bypass cases were done.  One Atrial Septal Defect repair was carried out using an Amplatz device.   All cases were successful.

SURGICAL PROGRAM

Name Age Surgical Procedure Outcome
Beatriz Del Rosario Polanco 62 Coronary Artery Bypass X3 off pump Satisfactory
Carlos Caruci Rodriguez 40 Mitral Valve Repair Satisfactory
Julio Casar Abreu 65 Coronary Artery Bypass x3 off pump Satisfactory
Fernado Hernandez 40 Mitral and Aortic valve replacements

Tricuspid Repair

Satisfactory
Eridania Mata Alvarado 49 Redo Mitral Valve Replacement Satisfactory
Ramon Emilio Guzman 20 Redo aortic Valve Replacement- Satisfactory
Bernarda Jacquez 49 Atrial Septal Defect Amplatz device Satisfactory
Elpidio Eufrasia Veras 80 Aortic Valve Replacement Satisfactory
Filomena Santos Rojas 65 Defibrillator Implantation Satisfactory
Nestor Batista 41 Generator change Satisfactory
Luis Emelio Sarante De Los S. 26 Defibrillator Implantation Satisfactory
Orianna Ortiz 41 Defibrillator Implantation Satisfactory

OUTREACH PROGRAM

A cardiology clinic was held in Constanza, Dominican Republic.  This community is a 2-hour drive inland from Santa Domingo.  Patients were lined up 2-hours before the team was to arrive. 

In two days, two medical providers, an echo tech and medical student translators evaluated and treated 162 patients for medical conditions with a primary focus on cardiac disorders.

Referrals:  Five patients needing cardiac surgery were discovered and referred for surgical intervention.  Thirty-one echocardiograms were indicated and performed.  Collaborative care was provided in all areas.

COLLABORATION & TEACHING

On every CardioStart mission, education of local practitioners is priority.

This emphasis continued in the OR and ICU.  Bedside teaching during collaborative care took place throughout the mission.  Protocols and order sets were reviewed with local staff as they provide ongoing care.

RESEARCH FOLLOW-UP

After 5 years of missions to this Hospital, CardioStart in conjunction with local staff has done over 40 surgical procedures on adults and children.  CardioStart Cardiologist Tom Cocke, echo tech Tracy Ferreira and research collator Tyler Thorne saw 40 patients for physical exam and follow-up echocardiograms.  Three patients will be referred for further assessment.  This follow up is very important to the research database CardioStart carries out in each country.

It not only documents care provided but also quality of life and survival after cardiac surgery in a developing country.  We are thankful for these patients for taking the time to come to the city for evaluation.

CARDIOSTART TEAM

NAME PROFESSION TEAM POSITION HOME
Mariano Brizzio, MD Adult CV Surgeon Mission Director New Jersey, USA
Charles Grima, CCP Perfusion Perfusionist Malta
Jeff Levine, MD Adult CV Anesthesia Anesthesiologist New Jersey, USA
Yvonne Lai, MD Anesthesiology/Intensive Care Intensivist Boston MA, USA
Alicia Smith, RN Operating Room Nurse Scrub Nurse New Jersey, USA
Elaine Kletsman, PA Physician Assistant Physician Assistant New Jersey, USA
Tom Cocke, MD Interventional Cardiology Interventional Cardiologist New Jersey, USA
Nazeli Leake, RN Adult CV ICU Nurse Charge Nurse New Jersey, USA
Mary Gregory, RN Adult CV ICU Nurse Adult CV ICU Nurse New Jersey, USA
Erin Acker, RN Adult CV ICU Nurse Adult CV ICU Nurse New Jersey, USA
Leah Silver, RN Adult CV ICU Nurse Adult CV ICU Nurse Seattle WA, USA
Tracy Ferreira, RDCS Echocardiologist Echocardiologist New Jersey, USA
Tyler Thorne Medical Student Database researcher Hawaii, USA
Janine Henson, RN Adult CV ICU Nurse & VP CardioStart Mission Coordinator Minnesota USA

THANK YOU!

CardioStart gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the following:

  • Valley Hospital, Ridgewood New Jersey USA.
  • St. Jude Medical Minneapolis, MN USA.
  • Heartcare Dominicana Inc. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Clinica Corazones Unidos, Santo Domingo.
  • Amy Lauth Foundation, Georgia, USA (Logistics and suitcase donation items).
  • Medtronic USA, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
  • Essential Pharma, Inc, USA.
  • Eugene Southtowne Rotary Club, Oregon, USA (Equipment donations & Logistics – Matt and Amanda Adams & colleagues)
  • United Methodist Church, Lake Oswego, OR, USA) (Patient heart pillow gifts)
  • Maxine Rodgers- Hygiene Care Kits for patients, Chico, CA, USA.