A Successful Mission to Heal Hearts and Teach Lifesaving Care

Posted on May 10, 2017

A multi-center team in Kingston, Jamaica

Physicians, nurses and other Johns Hopkins All Children’s professionals were part of a multi-center team that traveled to Bustamante Children’s Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica to provide lifesaving medical assessment and surgical care. They worked closely with the local pediatric cardiology and heart surgery team to offer clinical education and surgical assistance, part of a decade-long program of collaboration aimed at improving Jamaican children’s access to advanced cardiovascular care.

In the past 12 years, the teams that traveled to Jamaica for this annual mission have performed 121 pediatric cardiovascular operations in Jamaica.

This year, the team accomplished 11 complex cardiac surgeries; seven were led by local cardiac surgeon Sherard Little, M.D., with assistance from the U.S. surgeons. Other children were evaluated in a consultative clinic, and local clinicians took part in cardiac and critical care education courses.

“It’s an honor to be part of such a hardworking and dedicated team of health care professionals,” said Jeffrey Jacobs, M.D., chief of the division of cardiovascular surgery at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and professor of surgery and pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “Special thanks go to our Jamaican colleagues: Sherard Little, Sharrone Forrester, Cleopatra Patterson and Denese Dacres.

The 2017 Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Jamaica Mission was supported by the Cardiac Kids Foundation of Florida, Edwards Life Sciences, Chain of Hope, Gift of Life, Rotary, and numerous other sponsors. The team that traveled to Jamaica included clinicians from the Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Kansas, West Virginia University, and several other institutions.

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