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​Prairie Heart Institute and HSHS St. John’s Hospital Donate Cath Lab to Damoh, India

The Prairie Heart Institute and HSHS St. John's Hospital, in partnership with Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach and Central India Christian Mission, are donating a cardiac catheterization lab to Damoh, India. This is an area in great need of this facility as the closest cardiac center is seven hours away by car. Damoh is a city located in central India in the state of Madhya Pradesh.  The population of Damoh is estimated at 100,000-200,000 people; however, the surrounding populace includes several million people who don’t have reliable access to cardiac care.
A cath lab is where doctors use diagnostic imaging equipment to see the arteries and chambers of a patient’s heart so they can then treat any abnormalities found. If a severe blockage is identified, the area can be treated with placement of a stent.  During a heart attack, this procedure can be lifesaving.  “This cath lab that Prairie and St. John’s Hospital are donating to Central India Christian Mission Hospital in Damoh has the potential to improve and prolong the lives of thousands of people,” said Dr. Nilesh Goswami, cath lab director at Prairie Heart Institute. 
Goswami and his wife Monica recently visited Damoh to meet with leaders of the Central India Christian Mission Hospital about helping provide higher-level cardiac care. This inspired the Goswamis to help provide an unmet need to millions of people in this community. “There are so many people in India dealing with heart disease, and what’s concerning is that these people don’t have access to cardiology specialists who can help them,” said Goswami. “During my trip, the mission hospital arranged for me to offer cardiology services in Damoh. I was amazed that more than 400 people with cardiology problems showed up in one day to be seen by me. The patients that I was able to see were very ill and needed a higher level of cardiology care.”
Goswami reached out to Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, an organization located in Springfield that helps address the serious unmet medical needs of people in developing countries by collecting, repairing, packaging and distributing medical supplies and equipment to hospitals and clinics around the world.
Upon Goswami’s return to Springfield, Dr. Charles Lucore, president and CEO of HSHS St. John’s Hospital and board chair of Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, said that St. John’s was in the process of getting a new cath lab, and wanted to donate the existing cath lab to the mission hospital in Damoh.
“We are so glad to be able to help the millions of people in Damoh who haven’t had access to cardiology care through Mission Outreach,” said Lucore. “Mission Outreach has shipped millions of pieces of medical equipment to 87 developing countries since its inception in 2002. We’ve never shipped an entire cath lab before, but we are eager to make it happen. We just need some community support to get this donation to Damoh.”
Shipping the cath lab will cost $50,000; it’s contained in a 40 ft. shipping container. The first phase of this campaign entails raising the funds to ship the cath lab to Damoh through our GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/cathlabtoindia-oneheartbeat. The second phase of fundraising will be done through Mission Outreach. The goal of this phase is to raise another $50,000 to send over cath lab essential needs such as wires, catheters, hemodynamic monitoring, balloons, stents, etc. The third phase of this fundraising effort will help support teams from Springfield traveling to India to provide direct care to cardiology patients as well as training physicians in the community. The Prairie Heart Foundation’s goal is to raise $50,000 for this final phase. The overall goal is to raise $150,000 for this mission.
“We are grateful to the donors and the partner organizations that have made it possible help treat heart disease and care for the people of Damoh, India,” said Dr. Ajai Lall, founder and executive director of Central India Christian Mission. “This donation will provide accessibility to heart care and help the CICM offer sustainable, consistent heart care services for years to come.”
“To help put this in perspective, we have 13 cath labs in Springfield with a population of nearly 117,000. In Damoh and the surrounding area, there are up to 20 million people and there is no cath lab,” said Goswami. “We can change this together. We hope to reach as many people as possible who are willing to help.”

Learn more about the HSHS effort to help the mission hospital in Damoh by watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGAa9ht1kf8&t=5s.

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