Saving Lives in Bolivia

Vol. 18, No. 3
Fall 2008

  • A Gift... Beyond the Gift of Life

  • 12 Winthrop Specialists Named to New York Magazine�s 2008 �Best Doctors� List

  • Cancer Center for Kids Moves to a New Home

  • Friends & Benefactors Annual Reception

  • Winthrop Helps Postal Clerk Get Some Sleep

  • Winthrop: A Gateway to a Top-Rated Kidney Transplant Program

  • DiStasio Family Makes Donation to NICU

  • The Center for Advanced Care of Chronic Conditions

  • New Center for the Advanced Care of Chronic Conditions: Easing Patients� Burdens through a Single Coordinated Plan of Care

  • Golfing for the CCFK

  • Annual Gala Celebrates Winthrop�s Passion for Care without Compromise

  • CCFK Families Celebrate Life

  • Unique Program Helps New Mothers Cope

  • Saving Lives in Bolivia

  • Winthrop�s New Welcoming Ambassadors

  • Tenth Annual Cancer Survivors Day Celebrates Life

  • Bay�s Big Bash Does it Again!

  • Spizz Family Supports CCFK

  • Pediatric Unit Receives Quilt Donation

  • Amanda Styles Cirelli Foundation Makes Generous Donation to CCFK

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  • When Winthrop recently upgraded one of its Cardiac Catheterization Labs, the Hospital donated the General Electric (GE) Cardiac Catheterization X-ray unit that was being replaced to the Hospital Municipal Universitario Japon�s in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia. In July, Anthony Gambino, MD, interventional cardiologist, and Luis Davila, interventional cardiovascular technician, traveled to Bolivia to provide medical training to physicians there and free cardiac services to people in need.

    Winthrop�s Cardiac Catheterization Team was recently recognized by the Hospital Municipal Universitario Japon�s in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia for their outstanding commitment to providing world-class patient care services to impoverished Bolivians. Pictured (l.-r.) are Liz Rerisi, Nursing Director, Cardiology; Cathy Flamino, Administrative Director of Cardiology; Garry Schwall, Vice President, Heart Institute; Kevin P. Marzo, MD, Chief of Cardiology; Anthony Gambino, MD, interventional cardiologist and Luis Davila, interventional cardiovascular technician who traveled to Bolivia to provide pro bono cardiac services; and Srihari Naidu, MD, Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.

    The donation was arranged by Mr. Davila, who is a native of Bolivia. �It was a privilege to help people who do not have access to the type of life-saving health services that we offer every day here at Winthrop,� said Mr. Davila.

    During the team�s seven-day visit to the Hospital Municipal Universitario Japon�s, they treated 15 patients suffering from various heart conditions including Chagas � a parasitic disease which causes heart failure, arrhythmias and heart block; Takayasu disease � chronic inflammation of the aorta; and other heart aliments. Dr. Gambino also provided training to Hospital physicians to enhance the cardiac services available to Bolivians after his departure back to the United States.

    Anthony Gambino, MD, interventional cardiologist (center) and Luis Davila, interventional cardiovascular technician (third from right) are joined by physicians and staff from the Hospital Municipal Universitario Japon�s during their recent trip to Bolivia.
    The team also secured donations of medical devices including bare metal stents, angioplasty balloons, defibrillators, ventilators and pacemakers from Medtronic and Boston Scientific and complimentary supplies of medication, courtesy of Angiomax� and PLAVIX�.

    �Thanks to the dedication and support of Winthrop, Mr. Davila, and all of the companies who donated to this cause, people�s lives have been forever changed,� said Dr. Gambino.

    The trip to Bolivia was not the first for Dr. Gambino or Mr. Davila, who has traveled to his native country on several occasions to help others. Dr. Gambino and Mr. Davila�s first tour together took place more than a decade ago and included Scott L. Schubach, MD, Chairman of the Department of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery. The team will return to Bolivia in November to perform additional cardiac procedures, this time with the help of Winthrop experts Jeffrey Snow, MD, electrophysiologist; Joseph Germano, DO, electrophysiologist; and Ralph Caselnova, MD, interventional cardiologist.

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