A dream that was born more than a decade ago by past students of the St. George’s University continues to touch the lives of heart patients at the country’s main hospital center, the St. George’s General Hospital.
A brand new state-of-the-art Cardiovascular Catheterisation Intervention machine has been installed and is operational at the medical theater of the hospital under the SGU/Government of Grenada Cardiology Programme.
The benefactor of the equipment and past student of SGU, Dr. Mark Lanziari, is an American Interventional Cardiologist and a graduate of the (SGU).
His medical journey began in 2000 when he returned to perform his first Pacemaker insertion at the hospital.
According to Dr Lanziari, the machine, which was officially unveiled and commissioned by Health Minister, Nickolas Steele, Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. Mark Lanziari and St. George’s University’s Chancellor, Dr. Charles Modica, during a recent unveiling and handing over ceremony is worth in the region of six figures USD.
“I see the things that are done here in Grenada with what’s available and I’m really impressed, humbled and it makes every trip much more special”, Dr. Lanziari told those gathered to witness the momentous occasion at the General Hospital.
“I think the creativity is easy … and I think there is a group of people who recognised that the time was right, the right players were in place and it was the time to bring Cardiology to Grenada”, Dr. Lanziari said.
He added that this is not the end neither the pinnacle of what can be accomplished in cardiology on the island.
The American heart specialist was also grateful for the support of his American and Grenadian counterparts whom he hailed as key players in the cardiology programme.
Health Minister Steele bestowed gratitude in heaps for the generous donation, which will assist in providing improved healthcare in the country.
“We thank you for the work that you do and your ability to go beyond that and provide this equipment to Grenada, not just for when you return to do your work, but it can be useful and touch more lives in Grenada”, Minister Steele told Dr. Lanziari.
The Grenadian Health Minister, who also thanked Dr. Charles Modica, Provost Allen Pensick for their continued support towards healthcare and the Grenadian people, said he truly believes that Dr. Lanziari does what he does not for recognition but for the lives he touches.
Since receipt of the new equipment, the cardiology programme has engaged in the successful completion of ten heart surgeries and pacemaker insertions valued in excess of EC$535,000.00.
All surgeries were conducted at the General Hospital from September 28 – October 2, 2015.
This newspaper understands that more than 70 heart-related surgeries have been undertaken since the cardiology programme began 16 years ago.