Intense preparations continue for the fourth surgical training mission to Voronezh, Russia. The medical staff at the Voronezh Regional Hospital are hard at work preparing for the next scheduled visit of the international team from the William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance.
In 2013 on the 100th anniversary of Kurt Weishaupt’s birth, the Voronezh Regional Hospital, RGOL USA, and Dr. Novick agreed to a long-term project that will assist children facing life threatening heart disease. Gift of Life, Inc. is helping to fund the medical missions and save many children’s lives. The ultimate purpose of the project is to develop a Pediatric Cardiac Care Center of Excellence at the Voronezh Regional Hospital, which serves a population of over two million people.
A site assessment was conducted in April 2013 and just a short six months later, a fifteen member international medical team arrived for the inaugural Gift of Life medical mission to Voronezh. The team performed twelve open-heart surgeries in collaboration with their Russian counterparts. Everyone was grateful for the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving helping children in need.
The second medical mission to Voronezh took place from March 22nd through April 5th of 2014. The team performed thirteen open-heart surgeries in collaboration with their Russian counterparts. During this second mission, a five-year plan to develop a Pediatric Cardiac Care Center of Excellence was drafted. The plan calls for 10 missions over the course of the next five years in order to complete the project. The medical missions to Voronezh will train surgeons, cardiologists, nurses, and other medical personnel so that the local Russian team will ultimately be able to help their own people.
The third medical mission to Voronezh took place from November 22nd through December 5th 2014. The team performed fourteen open-heart surgeries in collaboration with their Russian counterparts.