GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, Sunday August 14, 2016 – Health City Cayman Islands has achieved the initial target set by its founder, Dr. Devi Shetty, when it successfully completed 100 heart procedures for children from families with limited financial resources.
In partnership with the Have a Heart Cayman organization, Health City was able to operate on young patients from the Caribbean, Central America and countries as far away as Kenya and Mongolia.
Encouraged by achieving its 100-procedure goal, Health City and Have a Heart Cayman are aiming higher by planning to treat 365 children with severe heart problems in 2017.
Dr. Shetty, Chairman of Narayana Health and Founder of Health City Cayman Islands, is determined that no child is refused healthcare due to a lack of financial resources.
As the personal physician of the late Mother Teresa, who inspired his philanthropic undertakings, Dr. Shetty has performed more than 4,000 pediatric heart surgeries in India at no cost to families in need.
This charitable mission was expanded to reach sick children in the Caribbean and South America when Dr. Shetty built Health City Cayman Islands in partnership with the U.S.-based Ascension.
Dr. Chandy Abraham, CEO and Head of Medical Services at Health City, appreciates deeply the partnership with Have a Heart Cayman: “It is truly an honor to be partnering with Have a Heart in order to give these children hope for a long and healthy life. Our team works hard to ensure these children are given access to the highest quality care.”
Resident Health City physicians Dr. Binoy Chattuparambil, Dr. Sripadh Upadhya, and Dr. Sumit Modi, and their medical teams have performed medical procedures which saved, or vastly improved, the lives of children from Bolivia, Dominica, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Kenya, Mongolia, Nicaragua, St. Kitts, and St. Vincent through their partnership with Have A Heart.
Other charitable organizations, including Ascension, Digicel Foundation, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, Operation Blessing International, Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, Samaritan’s Purse, and World Pediatric Project have contributed to the expenses of the children and their families.
“It is an honour to be able to help these children get the procedures and surgeries that they need,” said Harry Chandi, Chairman of Have a Heart Cayman. “Without the support of all these organizations these children would not have had access to such world-class medical care. As always, a big thank you to those at Health City for offering their skills to help these children get well.”
Founded in 2015, the vision for Have a Heart Cayman evolved from Have a Heart India which has helped some 8,000 children to date.
Just over a year after Health City Cayman Islands opened in 2014, the facility earned the prestigious Gold Seal of Approval from Joint Commission International (JCI), the worldwide leader in accrediting the quality of healthcare.