2016 Bicol Cardiac Surgical Mission
As part of the initiative and commitment of the Philippine Heart Center to expand access to quality cardiovascular care to the various regions of the country, the 2nd Cardiac Surgical Mission was conducted at the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in Legazpi, Albay on July 25-29, 2016.
The PHC Team was spearheaded by Dr. Gerardo S. Manzo, OIC-Executive Director and Dr. Juliet J. Balderas, OIC-Office of Strategy Management, with 14 Medical Specialists, 4 Fellows and 13 personnel. A total of 10 open heart surgeries, 9 Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) and Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) closure, and 11 Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) device were performed by experts from PHC and assisted by the local surgeons and surgical team.
The partnership with the Children International Bicol Inc., Mending Kids, Philippine Airlines Foundation, Philhealth, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office were instrumental in changing the lives of the 21 children who were given new hope of brighter future with their healthier hearts.