Community Benefit: Helping Neighbors Near and Far

Community Benefit

Finally, CHS significantly expanded its charitable activities abroad during 2011 under the auspices of the International Medical Outreach Program, a partnership between Carolinas HealthCare System and the Heineman Foundation of Charlotte, led by renowned surgeon Francis Robicsek, MD. In August, the program helped to open a new pediatric burn hospital in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, by donating more than 80 percent of the equipment.

The equipment became available from CHS facilities when CMC-Lincoln moved into a building with newly installed technology. The opening of the Honduran burn hospital, the only one of its kind in Central America, helped alleviate a 12-month waiting period for pediatric surgeries.

The International Medical Outreach Program also hosted physicians, nurses and technicians from nations worldwide including Central America, the Caribbean and Africa who received advanced training in heart procedures.

These and other similar initiatives reflect not only the significant economic impact, but the truly global scope of Carolinas HealthCare System's public service initiatives.

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Carolinas HealthCare System and the Heineman Foundation of Charlotte helped to open a new pediatric burn hospital in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, by donating more than 80 percent of the equipment.