Navigation Links
Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) Contributes to First Children's Burn Hospital in Central America
Date:8/25/2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Crowds of politicians, patients and physicians gathered on the grounds of the Leonardo Martinez Hospital in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, last week to celebrate the inauguration of Central America's first, and only, children's burn hospital: Hospital para Ninos Quemados y Cirugia Pediatrica Ruth Paz. The ceremony was a milestone event for healthcare both in Honduras and in Central America. The facility's establishment was made possible in part by equipment donations from Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) and by Heineman Medical Research, Inc., of Charlotte (Heineman).

"It is a privilege for Carolinas HealthCare System to contribute to a project of such magnitude and to provide necessary resources to communities that need it most," said Dr. James McDeavitt, Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of CHS. "We are excited we could help ensure the health and well-being of children in Honduras and for the opportunity to build and foster strong relationships with healthcare systems in Central America."

More than 80 percent of the burn hospital's equipment, such as patient beds, operating room tables, monitors and ventilators, was donated by CHS and Heineman. The equipment would have cost more than $800,000 if purchased new. CHS and Heineman received recognition at the inauguration from Victor Hugo Barnica, Vice President of Honduras, Dr. Arturo Bendana, Minister of Health, Juan Carlos Zuniga, Mayor of San Pedro Sula, and Mary Ann Kafati de la Paz, President of the Ruth Paz Foundation.  The Charlotte delegation attending the event was led by CHS Vice President James Olsen.

CHS and Heineman leaders came up with the idea for the donations in 2009 after CHS announced it would replace its Lincolnton hospital with a new building in 2010. When Dr. Francis Robicsek, President of Heineman, learned that the hospital's obsolete equipment would be kept in storage, he proposed shipping it to San Pedro Sula, where the equipment could be put to use almost immediately.

The children's burn institute will provide care for burn patients by restoring their physical and emotional health. It is comprised of several units, including one for pediatric surgery, one for burn care, a play room, a chapel and a recovery room. The pediatric surgery unit expects to treat more than 1,600 patients each year and the burn unit expects to treat more than 160 patients each year. The surgical unit will also alleviate the 12-month waiting period for pediatric surgeries, common in Honduran public hospitals.  

The Ruth Paz Foundation for the Children of Honduras, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underprivileged children, built the hospital on the Leonardo Martinez Hospital campus property donated by the Honduran government. CHS and Heineman concentrated their efforts on furnishing it, and numerous local foundations and organizations provided monetary gifts. The facility will service the entire country and beyond, and it will be open to patients regardless of the family's ability to pay.

Heineman, in partnership with Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, has a four-decade-long history of providing medical assistance to underdeveloped countries. Over the past three years alone, with the help of Duke Kimbrell, a Gastonia industrialist, and led by Dr. Robicsek, Heineman also installed an up-to-date 14-bed Pediatric Intensive Care and Heart Catheterization Laboratory in San Pedro Sula. These projects have greatly increased access to healthcare throughout Honduras and have helped save hundreds of lives.

For more information about Heineman Medical Research, Inc., and its latest projects, visit http://heineman.org/ or contact Theresa Johnson at tjohn@carolinashealthcare.org.

About Carolinas HealthCare System
Carolinas HealthCare System (www.carolinashealthcare.org), one of the nation's leading and most innovative healthcare organizations, provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout North and South Carolina. Its diverse network of more than 600 care locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, healthcare pavilions, physician practices, destination centers, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and hospice & palliative care. CHS works to improve and enhance the overall health and wellbeing of its communities through high quality patient care, education and research programs, and a variety of collaborative partnerships and initiatives.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Carolinas HealthCare System
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. New Program for Medicare Beneficiaries Will Mean Major Changes Effective January 1, 2011 - The Carolinas
2. Home Care of the Carolinas and Alliance Medical, Inc. Select Authentidates Inscrybe Healthcare to Improve Care Order Processing
3. Cumberland Pharmaceuticals to Present at the Stifel Nicolaus 2011 Healthcare Conference in Boston
4. Endo Pharmaceuticals to Present at the Stifel Nicolaus Annual Healthcare Conference
5. Stereotaxis to Present at the Stifel Nicolaus Healthcare Conference on September 7, 2011
6. Caliper Life Sciences to Present at Stifel Nicolaus Healthcare Conference 2011
7. Ekahau Joins Forces with LPS Services to Deliver Location Tracking for HEALTHCAREwireless™ Solution
8. Auxilium Pharmaceuticals to Present at the Stifel Nicolaus 2011 Healthcare Conference
9. Avant Healthcare Marketing Announces West Coast Expansion
10. VeraLight and Pear Healthcare Solutions Sign Canadian Distribution Agreement for SCOUT DS® Noninvasive Diabetes Screening Device
11. Hospira to Present at the Morgan Stanley Global Healthcare Conference
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Research ... MEMS Devices Medical Market Analysis 2016 - Forecast to 2022" ... The report contains up to date financial data ... analysis. Assessment of major trends with potential impact on the ... analysis of market segmentation which comprises of sub markets, regional ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , , , WHEN: ... , , , , LOCATION: , , , Online, with ... , EXPERT PANELISTS:  , , , Frost & Sullivan,s Global Vice ... Senior Industry Analyst, Divyaa Ravishankar and Unmesh Lal, Program Manager , ... industry is witnessing an exceptional era. Several new demand spaces, such ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016  Guerbet announced today that it ... Supplier Horizon Award . One of 12 ... recognized for its support of Premier members through exceptional ... excellence, and commitment to lower costs. ... recognition of our outstanding customer service from Premier," says ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency Room , ... Sesan Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , ... our new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... athletes and non-athletes recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as ... City area —Johnson is one of the first doctors to perform the treatment. ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, ... the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. ... toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind the ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may ... to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To ... for healthy coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of ... verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. ... throw rocks at my other children and say he was going to kill them. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):