Patients and staff at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital are celebrating the latest addition to their cardiac services, a new echo-cardiology lab.
The echo-cardiology lab will stand alongside the cardiac cauterization lab, as the aspiration of a hospital with a full range of cardiac services continues to take shape.
The CEO of KHMH, Dr. Francis Gary Longsworth, helped open the unit with a ribbon cutting ceremony. He said of the new unit, "Today we marked another milestone and we now have a non-invasive cardiac clinic that we are inaugurating. It's a wonderful achievement - everybody is excited."
The new lab was only made possible thanks to the generosity of the partnership between the KHMH and CarolinaÂs Healthcare system, in particular, the International Medical Outreach Heineman Foundation of Charlotte.
As Dr. Fransic Robicsek points out, the condition for the KHMH were just so; "Here the situation was right. You have a treasure in Belize and Dr. Coye - he has all the qualifications. What he needed is a helping hand; an assistance and that's what we are doing now."
Those living in Belize will be able to benefit from, what is hoped to be, dramatically reduced waiting times for cardiac services. The new echo-cardiology lab should see over twice as many cardiac patients each week, with those in need of an echo test waiting for days rather than months.
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital replaced the Old Belize City Hospital in 1995. It is now considered the flagship hospital for the entire country as well as being the secondary care hospital for the Central Health Region.
As Dr. Adrian Coye, the Medical Chief of Staff at KMHM pointed out, this new addition of an echo-cardiology lab is yet another accomplishment the hospital can be proud of. He said, Â "We are aiming for excellence and there is a transformation that is happening in management and the wards, in our intensive care. This is a very exciting time in this institution and the fact that we have such willing partners to share this journey with us."