Our Heart Center Network is comprised of generous, hardworking, medical and administrative volunteers. Doctors, nurses, technicians, and case managers have important roles to safely treat HBI patients with pacemakers.
We are looking for volunteers at our facilities all over the world. We're especially looking for physicians who implant pacemakers and are willing to fund their own travel, to conduct hands on education programs and live cases for our local Heart Center staff.
OUR Heart CenteRS
Trinidad and Tobago
In 1985, Rotarians participated in the formation of the first Pacemaker Bank (now known as Heart Center) in Trinidad and Tobago along with 15 other countries. Locally, the Rotary Club of St. Augustine had a major role to play as they, and other member clubs, assumed the management of the Pacemaker Bank from 1985 to 2006.
Since the inception of the pacemaker program in 1985 through 2015, Heartbeat International of Trinidad & Tobago (HBITT) has successfully implanted a total of 1205 cardiovascular implantable devices in needy citizens of Trinidad and Tobago at value of over TT $60M dollars. Of the 11 Heart Centers operated by HBI worldwide HBITT is the most active and has consistently been the leader in patient implants annually.
The Rotary Club of St. Augustine remains one of the main financial contributors to the operations of HBITT through its annual Golf for Life Tournament. The Club also jointly manages the Heartbeat International Regional Distribution Center (RDC) that collects, stores and ships pacemakers and defibrillators to other HBI Heart Centers worldwide.The Rotary Club of St. Augustine continues to support and make substantial financial contributions to both Heartbeat International of T&T (HBITT) and the Regional Distribution Center to assist in their operating expenses.
HBI phillipines coming soon!
Honduras: Tegucigalpa & San Pedro Sula
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Since opening in 2013, HBI Paraguay has made a total of 196 implants. 76% of the population (7 million people) is poor and cannot access or afford the health services they need. HBI Paraguay has set up it's own foundation (Fundacion Cardiologica Cientifica del Paraguay) to help fund the majority of their implants so that the needy patients aren't burdened with the cost.
14 year old Jorge Ayala is an HBI Paraguay patient. One day Jorge was walking past the fire station in his town and suddenly had a cardiac arrest. Luckily there were paramedics around to revive him, and he received an implant from HBI Paraguay and is now able to go back to school and live a normal life. Jorge is just one example of a life saved in Paraguay.
Information about this Heart Center will be coming soon.
Guatemala City, Guatemala
HBI Co-Founder, Dr. Federico Alfaro, started HBI Guatemala in 1986. Dr. Alfaro came to the startling realization that there are many in his country who, with a pacemaker, could enjoy a much longer and more productive life. HBI Guatemala is housed at the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit of Guatemala. The number of lives saved annually varies between 60 - 100.
Mexico: Saltillo, Monterey, Veracruz, Mexico City
HBI Mexico began operation on May 1, 2005 in cooperation with the Rotary Club Industrial Saltillo, the Rotary Club of Ramos Arizpe, and the Rotary Club of Arteaga. Since then, 93 implants have been successfully carried out. HBI Mexico operations are coordinated from Saltillo. The full network of implant centers extends to Mexico City, Monterrey, Veracruz and soon Chihuahua.
Dr. Leonel Olivas Salazar serves as medical director for HBI Mexico. An interdisciplinary team provides specialized care to patients. The formation of this team of medical professionals was done by Mr. Ariel Garcia Salazar, CEO of HBI Mexico, who ensured that the best care is provided to those most in need. The entire doctor to patient process is free for life.