After more than 50 years in action, Carolinas HealthCare System’s International Medical Outreach Program continues its work abroad. Over the next week, the Program will be in Belize to support and celebrate the birth of a cardiology program. Follow Carolinas HealthCare System's Deborah Neffa Creech as she writes about the experience.
The trip to Belize was successful, but now it’s time the teams say goodbye. Already plans are being made for the trip in February, when another group of care providers from Carolinas HealthCare System will travel to the KHMH to assist with the next round of catheterizations and open heart surgeries. (Trips are planned on a monthly basis and facilitated by the International Medical Outreach program.)
In the echo lab, trained Belizean echosonographers will continue diagnosing patients and uploading images virtually for sharing, if needed, with cardiologists at Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute and at UNICAR, in Guatemala City.
In addition to continuing its support of the cardiac program, IMO is also exploring its capacity to help provide the KHMH with additional sustainable services for women’s health and resources in nursing. As the only tertiary care hospital in Belize, the KHMH is continually busy and in need of support in a number of areas.
And, as the main public referral hospital for neonatal intensive care, the KHMH is also expanding its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to accommodate the high number of neonates it treats.
For both the KHMH and Carolinas HealthCare System’s IMO program, the list of exciting initiatives continues to grow, with collaboration and determination as the main drivers for sustainable healthcare.
Until next time… As they say in Belize, “Si yoo lata!”
Deborah is a member of the communications team for International Medical Outreach, part of Carolinas HealthCare System.