CARIBBEAN HEART MENDERS ASSOCIATE

Rating: 4.5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 1601 N Palm Avenue, Suite 307 Pembroke Pines FL 33026 USA

Mission:

The Caribbean Heart Menders Association (CHMA) is a 501 © 3 non-profit organization established in 1994. Moved by empathy and compassion, this organization was formed to address the critical needs of children suffering and dying needlessly from congenital heart disease. Our mission is to alleviate this suffering. 


Programs:  

Our work in Jamaica commenced approximately 10 years ago.  Many children there were dying needlessly from congenital heart disease due to the lack of trained local surgeons, doctors, nurses and a facility to adequately care for them.  Our goal was to teach the local medical professionals to provide the necessary care for these children thus leaving a self-sustaining program.  In addition we facilitated yearly medical missions to perform life-saving heart surgery to these children.  I am happy to report that we are beginning to see significant positive changes in Jamaica. There is now a fulltime pediatric cardiac surgeon, dedicated nurses, and other medical professionals are being trained. Within the next 5 years this center will achieve its goal of self-sustainability. 

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Rating: 5 stars  

Caribbean Heart Menders has been coordinating and executing open heart surgeries and diagnostic cardiac procedures for children with congenital heart diseases who reside within the Caribbean and Central America for eighteen years. These children would not have had the opportunity to obtain these life saving procedures without the dedicated team of healthcare professionals comprising doctors, nurses, perfusionists and respiratory therapists who volunteer their time and clinical expertise to offer these life saving interventions annually. Since its inception, in excess of 350 cardiac procedures have been performed at no cost to the Government or parents of children in the host countries whom we serve. In addition to mending little broken hearts, Caribbean Heart Menders also train health providers and work with institutions within these countries to strengthen pediatric heart programs. This organization also participates within our local community by offering free health screening in collaboration with other organizations and supports other local charitable outreach programs.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I first heard about Caribbean Heart Menders Association as a nurse working at a local hospital in Miami. I heard about this wonderful organization helping needy children with heart disease. The more I found out about the organization the more I was impressed with their work. I then joined the organization so I could also give back to my community. They are excellent and I personally know the amazing job they do!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the smiles on the faces of the children who can now breath easily without fatigue or turning blue is life changing. The joys of the families are overwhelming.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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