Honduras Medical Mission Trip


Honduras Medical Mission Trip

Since 2010, the George Washington University Heart & Vascular Institute has sponsored a two-week medical mission to Honduras providing advanced care for patients with heart disease. The GW medical team led by Drs. Cynthia Tracy and Marco Mercader work in partnership with team members from Centro Medico Comayagua Colonial Hospital in Comayagua, Honduras to screen and identify patients in need of life-saving pacemakers and cardioverter defibrillators. Among the dozens of medical missions to Honduras, the Institute’s project is the only one dedicated to assist patients with life-threatening heart rhythm problems. More devices are implanted during the two-week mission than are the entire rest of the year in Honduras.
The GW Mission is promoted nationwide through newspaper, radio, and TV. Hondurans travel from all 18 regions of the country to see our medial team in Comayagua. In the last eight years, the Mission has implanted more than 280 pacemakers and defibrillators and evaluated more than 1,100 patients. The Mission operates using donated medical equipment and supplies valued at approximately $700,000 annually.