The Guatemalan experience paved the way for developing new partnerships with physicians in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Peru. After 5 years in Guatemala, Heart Care International began its next five-year commitment in the Dominican Republic at La Plaza del Salud Hospital.
Our collaboration with our partner organization, Heart Care Dominicana, led to the creation of the country's first independent pediatric heart program, The C.E.D.I.M.A.T. Hospital in Santa Domingo. At present, Heart Care International continues to travel to the Dominican Republic with a small team of medical volunteers who focus on the training of surgeons to perform very specific types of cases.