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The History of HIC...

As the number of citizens needing this high quality cardiac care dramatically increased, the drain on the economy posed a major problem as more and more local dollars were being spent overseas to purchase these services. Interestingly, many of our wealthy citizens that depended on US and other overseas locations for their cardiac care have died suddenly at home from cardiac disease because of the absence of a well equipped local facility to respond to emergency situations. The time lapse to transport patients out of the country could have fatal consequences.

Convinced that Jamaicans and the developing world in general should have access to optimal levels of cardiovascular care locally, the founders mobilized private funds, encouraged participation from a small group of local physicians and leveraged relationships and resources to fund a multi-million dollar state of the art cardiovascular centre.

HIC has been active in the recruitment of the best trained and experienced cardiologists and technical staff to provide first rate care to Jamaicans and the wider Caribbean. This dream was realized in April, 2005 with the opening of the Heart Institute of the Caribbean in Kingston, Jamaica.

Firsts

Since HIC opened its doors in 2005 and saw its first patient, HIC became the first and only for several things:
  • The first and only Cardiovascular Clinic in Central Jamaica with a comprehensive menu of services including Echocardiography, Nuclear Medicine, Stress Testing, Holters and Ambulatory BP.

  • First and only Myocardial Contrast Echo and Dobutamine Myocardial Contrast Stress Echo program in Jamaica.

  • First and only Nuclear Myocardial Viability scanning in Jamaica to determine patients likely to benefit from coronary revascularization procedure.

  • Only Pacemaker and ICD device implantation program in English speaking Caribbean run by board certified Cardiac Electrophysiologists.

  • Only Full service Nuclear Laboratories in Jamaica with comprehensive menu of nuclear services and procedures staffed by the only Board Certified Nuclear Cardiologist in Jamaica.

  • First and Only Emergency Cardiovascular Services in Jamaica with dedicated Ambulance Service for Cardiovascular Care.