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Prairie Heart Institute Cardiologist to Host Fundraiser on July 22 at Sheedy Shores Winery for Cath Lab Donation to Damoh, India

HSHS St. John’s Hospital and Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach are working together with Dr. Nilesh Goswami, director of the Prairie Heart Institute Cardiac Cath Lab, to raise money to ship a cardiac catheterization lab to Damoh, India. The closest cath lab to Damoh is seven hours away by car. Life-saving equipment is critically needed in this part of India.

Cardiac cath labs provide imaging for doctors to see abnormalities within the heart and detect heart disease. Without the equipment, these problems will go untreated. Along with more than 112,000 residents in Damoh, millions in the surrounding areas need cardiac care as well. Springfield has 13 cath labs readily available for 117,000 residents; whereas, Damoh and the surrounding areas with nearly 20 million residents do not have one cath lab.

“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. Goswami, interventional cardiologist. 

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 recent trip to Damoh, the mission hospital arranged for me to offer cardiology services. 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 need a higher level of cardiology care.”

Shipping the cath lab to Damoh will cost $50,000, which is contained in a 40 ft. shipping container. The first phase of this campaign entails raising the funds to ship the cath lab. 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.

“Although we have many volunteers and the logistics in place, the funds to send the equipment is where we ask for help. It will change the lives of millions in India,” explains Goswami. All of the proceeds raised will be donated to help fund an entire cath lab for Damoh, India.

The fundraiser will take place July 22 from 4-8 p.m. at Sheedy Shores Winery, 10300 John’s Creek Road, Loami, Ill.
Tickets are $50 and will be for sale at the event and the following locations:
  • Sheedy Shores Winery, 10300 John’s Creek Road, Loami
  • B&B Electric, 3000 Reilly Drive, Springfield
  • Dental office of Dr. Robert S. Burris, 927 S. Durkin Drive, Springfield
  • Sarah Adele for The Top Drawer Boutique, 3329 Robbins Road, Springfield.
The event will include wine, food and live music by Cherry Stoners. There will also be celebrity bartenders, a chance to win fine wine, signature drinks, 50/50 drawing and Mission India t-shirts for sale.
About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Institute, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.  

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