A group of medical professionals from St. Josephs Regional Medical Center, including 11 Magnet nurses, physicians, and technologists, joined a team of 40 on a healing mission to Honduras. During their weeklong stay, they were able to treat more than 30 children with cardiac problems, performing 17 open-heart surgeries and 29 catheterizations.
More than 400 children are in need of cardiac care and there are no pediatric cardiac surgeons in Honduras, according to Debra Worrall, RN, Pediatric Cardiology, St. Josephs Children’s Hospital. During the trip, which was sponsored by Rotary Internationals Gift of Life program, they donated medical equipment and supplies to contribute to the healthcare facility there. The group intends to return and help more of the children in Honduras.
St. Josephs Regional Medical Center has been recognized for providing the highest quality of care by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The GuidelinesSM for coronary artery disease, stroke, and heart failure. St. Josephs was the only hospital in N.J. to receive the Silver Performance Achievement Award in each of these three categories.