Heart Care International embarked on its first life-saving pediatric heart mission in October 1994 to Guatemala. Together with the financial support of the Second Congregational Church of Greenwich and medical volunteers from across the United States, HCI performed 25 open heart operations and a dozen catheterization procedures at the Roosevelt Hospital in Guatemala City in that first year. The HCI team set a precedent which has sustained two decades of growth and forever changed the lives of over 1000 children in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Peru.
As a not-for-profit organization, Heart Care International depends on the generosity of individuals, corporations and other non-profit organizations to help sustain the highest quality of medical practice by providing the technology, equipment, and supplies in the host countries. With plans to branch out to other Latin American countries, HCI is looking forward to a third decade of building pediatric heart care expertise in areas that would otherwise be underserved.