September – Panama: Children’s Lifeline / Oregon Health and Science University
The four member team of pediatric cardiologists, led by Dr. Seshadri Balaji and Dr. Jack Kron, specializing in ablations for heart arrhythmia in children, visited the Hospital del Nino the public hospital in Panama. The hospital is dedicated to providing health care to poor children. The medical director and two pediatric cardiologists from Hospital del Nino met the Oregon team and went to the Homodynamic Laboratory of Hospital Punta Pacifica, which is a Johns Hopkins Hospital affiliate, where they performed the ablation procedure on eight of the eleven children screened. Also during the week, a team member nurse gave a seminar to the ICU team and the visiting cardiologists gave a special preesentation to the local Panamanian team.