MISSION

Guyana 2024

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Mission Goals

Operation International's first cardiac team, Team Hearts will head on its second mission with the organization in July. Team Hearts will focus on preparation, surgery, and postoperative care for patients who require coronary bypass surgery and valve repair and replacement. The team has secured prosthetic valves, cardiopulmonary
bypass equipment, and medications to perform up to 10 surgeries.

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Team members

Gary Stephens
MD
June Lowe
RN, DNP, MS-E
Sanju Balaram
MD
Robert Stroud
CCP
Rivka Mintz
DNP, MBA
Randall Ryan
NP
Linda Yang
Jared Bienstock
CCP
Damalai Dalgety
RN
Karen Perreira
Sheldon Olton
MD
Viktoriya Grak
RN, CNOR
Ghadir El-Mahmoud
RN

Mission details

In 2023, the Caribbean Heart Institute joined forces with Operation International's Cardiac Team to help the group to access even more resources, technical equipment, and critical skillsets. On their first mission with Operation International in 2023, working in partnership with the Caribbean Heart Institute in Georgetown Public Hospital, the team performed eight cardiac surgeries, including coronary artery bypass surgeries and valve replacements.

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