Cardiac OPD Clinic
After a search lasting a few years, we had finally found a facility to associate with. JMJ Hospital in Alto Porvorim, Bardez, Goa shared our vision, and was compatible with GAHF, and our mission.
We successfully established a Cardiac Outpatient Diagnostic Clinic to provide affordable cardiac care. This was made possible by a large donation from Dr. Daniel Neville Mascarenhas, interventional cardiologist, and due to the successful fundraising efforts of GAHF Inc. and the generous donations from Goans and well-wishers. The clinic was formally inaugurated on May 12, 2009.
We were housed in two rooms provided by the Archdiocese of Goa and the sisters of JMJ Hospital. We remain very grateful to the Archdiocese of Goa and the JMJ nuns for supporting us in our venture. The Archdiocese planned to complete the long awaited demolition of the old clergy home, and construct a new building for the retired priests on site. We needed to vacate the premises, so that the demolition of the old building, and construction of the new clergy home could proceed. Dr. Mascarenhas, and Cesar and Mimi Menezes of the Menezes Polyclinic at Altinho, Panaji, met and as a result, Cesar Menezes offered rooms at the Polyclinic that we could use for relocation of the clinic from JMJ Hospital. Through the kind gesture of Cesar and Mimi Menezes, we now have a new home for our GAHFT clinic. It is a perfect fit for us, and one that will be mutually beneficial for both the GAHFT clinic and the Menezes Polyclinic.
The Cardiac Clinic is a facility with state-of-the-art equipment. It provides stress testing, echocardiography, and necessary basic testing facilities for non-invasive cardiac diagnosis. GAHFT has launched a program to educate people of all ages about vulnerability to heart disease and the need for preventive care such as the importance of diet and a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Ana Karina Jacques M.D., a certified cardiologist, provides a cardiac consultant role and Dr. Peter Carvalho, M.B.B.S. is responsible for managing the clinic.
The next step in our evolution was the perceived need to have a state of the art ICU for the admission, monitoring and stabilization of unstable cardiac patients. After a very successful campaign to solicit donations, we purchased state-of-the-art equipment and updated the ICU at the CMM Polyclinic. We have the funds to expand to a 2 or even 3 bed ICU in the future, should the need arise.
The ICU was inaugurated on November 30, 2015 by Dr. Shyam Bhandare and is fully operational. It has all the facilities in case of emergencies, which our clinic as well as the hospital can now avail of. The ICU has been named in honor of Dr. Joao Manuel Pacheco De Figueiredo who was the First Dean of the Goa Medical College. His family made a substantial donation to GAHFT.
Pictures of the inauguration of the ICU:
The donor recognition board was installed in early 2015 and has been attached to the ICU wall. The board displays the names of donors that have donated $3,000 (Rs.150,000) and above – with varying amounts placed in four categories. In some cases, the donors have chosen to memorialize their loved ones. All donors are welcome to visit the cardiac clinic. In order to facilitate the visit, please contact Ms. Julia Monteiro at the clinic at 832 242 2893. We are very grateful for the generous donations that have made this project possible.
Dr. Neville Mascarenhas and endocrinologist Dr. Maria Gomes (Shawnee Mission Medical Center) continues to see patients at the clinic when they are in Goa.
Due to Indian Government regulations relating to taxes on unspent foreign remittances, we had to spend some of the money we transferred from GAHF Inc. to GAHFT or pay a substantial amount in taxes. As such, in lieu of just replacing the old Echocardiography machine we decided to replace it with a 6 probe echocardiography machine. This machine is state-of-the-art and the first of its kind in Goa. 4 probes will be used by cardiologists and the other 2 probes by radiologists. Aside from our GAHFT cardiologist, we currently have a radiologist using the new unit which helps in increasing our revenue. Other cardiologists and radiologists can use our machine at the appropriate cost. We are currently considering transferring the old 4 probe machine to a hospital in Margao, Goa where its use will also add to our revenue. All this is in an effort for the Cardiac Clinic to be self- sustaining. Unfortunately, the integration of our GAHFT clinic with the Menezes Polyclinic is not moving forward as we had expected. We continue to provide affordable cardiac care and help patients depending on their ability to pay.
The Cardiac Clinic is something that we can point to with pride and a deep sense of fulfillment. Our reward is the healthy lives of the people this Clinic serves. Since the opening of the clinic in mid-April 2009 until June 2020 the following are the patient statistics:
Pictures of medical camps held by the GAHFT clinic
Video Testimonials from patients