CARDIOSTART INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED

aka CardioStart International USA   |   Tampa, FL   |  www.cardiostart.org

Mission

OUR MISSION
A world where the underserved have access to cardiac care

OUR VISION

To educate and assist local medical teams in providing free heart surgery and comprehensive medical care to adults and children in underserved regions of the world.

CardioStart International aspires to provide greater hope and support to families with children and adults afflicted with heart disease in the underserved regions of the world by….
• Assisting in the development of advanced heart care and related specialties;
• Performing complex heart operations using the local facilities;
• Providing ongoing training and educational programs;
• Empowering local medical teams with the skills, equipment and means to increase the level of care for their patients

Ruling year info

2002

President and Founder

Dr. Aubyn Marath M.D.

Vice President

Ms. Janine Marie Henson R.N.

Main address

6110 Hartford Street

Tampa, FL 33619 USA

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EIN

59-3679703

NTEE code info

Heart and Circulatory System (G43)

Birth Defects (G20)

Surgery (G9B)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Pediatric Heart Surgery in Honduras

Following the previous invitation and support of this Cleveland and Honduras-based charity, Helping Hands Honduras (HHH), CardioStart undertook the second pediatric heart surgery development program at Hospital Mario C. Rivas in San Pedro Sula, Honduras in March 2017.

Population(s) Served

In November 2016, CardioStart undertook its second pediatric mission to The Clinica Corazones Unidos Hospital in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. This mission focused on continuing development of a pediatric cardiac center and improving on the management of children undergoing congenital cardiac correction. All operations performed were considered teaching cases in which the local team assumed a primary role assisted by CardioStart’s surgeon, Dr. Andrew Cochrane. The supporting CardioStart team and local team members managed all procedures.

Population(s) Served

June 2016 marked CardioStart’s third visit to Kathmandu University hospital in Dhulikhel, Nepal. Our first mission to help initiate the cardiac surgery program in May of 2015 overlapped with the devastating earthquake and aftermath that claimed more than 9000 lives. The CardioStart team partnered with the clinicians of Dhulikhel Hospital in the earthquake relief efforts throughout the Kathmandu Valley and at the primary hospital, which served as a major center to which casualties from most of eastern Nepal were directed. Although no cardiac surgery was pursued under those circumstances, the people of Nepal and specifically those at Dhulikhel hospital showed their remarkable strength and resilience by wishing to move forward with the cardiac surgery program only a few months later. This choice was primarily made for the many patients in desperate need of cardiovascular care, but also because it represented a sign of progress and recovery following the tragedy. Therefore, in November of 2015, the CardioStart team returned to assist in the establishment and performance of the first heart surgeries at Kathmandu University.

Population(s) Served

The cardiovascular team in Macapá is composed of: two cardiovascular surgeons. Dr. Furlan, CV surgeon is in charge of the Cardiac Surgery Program. As part of the mission, the CardioStart team will be working with the local team for advanced training technique development in pediatric cardiology (interventional), cardiac surgery for more complex adult and pediatric case presentations, and their intensive care management.

They have one anesthesiologist, a physician assistant, a perfusionist, a respiratory therapist and three scrub nurses. They can currently manage routine adult cardiovascular diseases and a few adult congenital cardiac defects. This team has served the local population for ten years within the state.

All cardiac operations and pacemaker implantations are performed at the Hospital São Camilo, a philanthropic institution; which belongs to a catholic foundation named “Sociedade Beneficente São Camilo”. This foundation has a chain of hospitals in different locations of Brazil.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2010

Awards

Human Rights Award International Specialist Medical 2003

United Nations

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2010

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free open heart surgeries performed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

CardioStart not only performs heart surgery to assist impoverished patients (both adult and pediatric), but provided teaching of local medical teams to continue their programs to care for patients.

Number of children who underwent open heart surgery

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

CardioStart teams do separate adult and pediatric heart missions to train local teams to carry out surgery without team assist.

Total number of screenings held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Cardiac Specific screenings and public health teaching is provided in communities that we serve through our surgical programs. These screenings include echocardiograms, ECG and physical exams.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To provide at least 6 international medical missions per year to developing nations supporting or starting cardiovascular care centers.
Promote public health initiatives to prevent rheumatic heart disease.
Promote cardiovascular disease awareness, emergency treatment facilitation and prevention in developing nations.
To compile 10 years of a cardiovascular surgery database note outcomes and comparisons to developed nations.

Increase funding to provide program support and infrastructure in mission team building.
Improve website education for public health and medical/nursing education to our partner countries.
Increase distribution of public health education in developing communities.
Formalize outreach education initiatives.
Build board strength and leadership to support strong mission and vision accomplishment.

We have a strong base for mission planning and over 25 years of international experience with non-profit medical work in developing countries. This learning experience has been formalized to improve our methods and standards. Our teams are specialists in the teaching and medical care they provide. We promote sustainable programs by working directly with local government and hospital facilities.

We have improved our website to add pages for education and volunteer support to improve efficiency and cost effectiveness of mission program development.

We have maintained a very low overhead with use of as many volunteers as possible yet low cost staff to supply strong consistency in charity programs.

Patient results appear to reflect as good or better results as developed nations. Research ongoing with plans for publishing results.

Database follow up being entered to provide results to reflect above.

Funding continues to be a struggles. We do not have a paid fundraiser and as medical personnel we are not experts in marketing ourselves. This is an area of weakness.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Assignment of charge nurses and mission coordinator to each mission.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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CARDIOSTART INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED

Board of directors
as of 3/6/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Philip Wendschuh

Northern Ohio Heart Centre

Term: 2010 -

Janine Henson

CardioStart International

Aubyn Marath, MD

CardioStart International

Reed Franklin

Progress Energy of Florida

Zev Davis, MD

Retired, Edward Heart Hospital

Phil Wendschuh, MD

Northern Ohio Heart Center

Mariano Brizzio

Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and Valley-Columbia Heart Center

Richard Harper

Veterans Administration

Rolando Rodriguez

Tampa General Hospital

Bill Zeman

Private Practice

Cindy Bean

Maximum Insurance Brokers

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/06/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability