Community Benefit

Community Benefit: International Spotlight

The International Medical Outreach (IMO) program, which works in partnership with the Heineman Foundation of Charlotte, facilitated the first open heart surgeries in Belize. The surgeries, which occurred in July, were one piece of a continuing effort by IMO to develop a sustainable, multi-faceted cardiology program in Belize.

IMO also donated a second cardiac catheterization laboratory to the National Cardiology Center in Managua, Nicaragua. This lab will address growing regional needs by doubling the number of cardiac procedures that can be performed at that particular medical center.

In a non-medical project, IMO assisted in opening a computer laboratory in a public school in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. To date, IMO has donated more than 6,000 computers to Technology to Educate, a project that seeks to equip Guatemala's public schools with computers. In addition, IMO hosted 22 international visitors and trainees during the year, who traveled to Charlotte from such countries as Tanzania, Guatemala and Belize.

These and other initiatives reflect not only the profound impact but the truly global scope of Carolinas HealthCare System's public service endeavors.

In Guatemala, most children are likely to drop out of school before reaching the sixth grade. As part of Carolinas HealthCare System's International Medical Outreach program led by Dr. Francis Robicsek, more than 7,000 computer parts have been donated in the span of a year. This will help to lower the attrition rate of school children and improve the future of a nation.