Tuesday 30th of September 2014


Caribbean Heart Menders



The Caribbean Heart Menders Association was founded in 1994 with the goal of working with local and multinational agencies within our host countries to provide medical and surgical interventions to children with congenital and acquired heart diseases within the Caribbean.

In recent years, we have extended our charitable work to include Central America, where we have provided similar services to children within Panama. Since our inception, we have improved the life expectancy and quality of life for over 380 children by offering these lifesaving interventions. We also continue to strengthen cardiovascular services within our host countries by facilitating the development of cardiac surgery programs through education and training of local health professionals.


Help to mend little broken hearts by coordinating multidisciplinary teams of healthcare professionals to provide lifesaving surgical and non-surgical procedures to children affected by congenital and acquired heart diseases within our host countries.

Endeavor to create awareness of our program and the prevalence of pediatric cardiac disease.

Assist in the development and establishment of centers of excellence for pediatric heart surgery.

Raise funds for our projects by engaging in fundraising activities.

Transmit the exchange of knowledge to our counterparts, by facilitating educational training programs both formally and informally.

Serve as a liaison between existing Caribbean Heart Surgery programs and programs in the United States.


Our mission is to provide medical, surgical and interventional cardiac services for children who are affected by congenital and acquired heart diseases; and to establish Centers of Excellence for Pediatric Heart Surgery within our host countries.


  • Saved the lives of over 380 children through the miracle of heart surgery and other non-surgical interventions.
  • Facilitated heart surgery missions to Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Cared for children from Jamaica, Dominica Republic, Panama, Guyana, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Assisted in the creation of a Center of Excellence for Pediatric Heart Surgery in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
  • Facilitated the development of a Center for Pediatric Heart Surgery at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston, Jamaica.
  • Assisted in the creation of a Nursing Education Training Program in the Dominican Republic which serves as a model for all developing programs. This program has been implemented in Ecuador.
  • Assisted in training Jamaican nurses in Pediatric Critical care.
  • Supported in education and training of 3 Jamaican nurse educators who will be actively involved in strengthening the pediatric cardiac training program in Jamaica.
  • Supported and participated in numerous Health Fairs within our local communities.
  • Build public awareness of congenital heart disease.
  • Awarded scholarships to qualified candidates pursuing careers in healthcare.
  • Participated in  Annual Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Walk and Fundraiser.

Our Projects
  • Facilitate multidisciplinary teams to the Caribbean to provide life-saving surgeries to children affected by congenital heart disease.
  • Assist in the the development and establishment of pediatrics heart surgery centers in Caribbean countries.
  • Provide education and training in the field of pediatric heart surgery for physicians in Caribbean countries.
  • Serve as a liaison between existing Caribbean heart surgery programs and programs in the United States.
  • Generate funds through fundraising activities and donations to provide assistance in the cost of heart surgery for Caribbean children.
  • Facilitate and mediate as cultural liasons to those brought to the United States for heart surgery.
  • Create awareness of the existence and availability of our services.




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Fundraising Raffle Announcement

The Caribbean Heart Menders Association fundraising raffle drawing occurred on October 5, 2013 at the Kiwanis Center in Lauderdale Lakes.

Tickets were drawn by Mr. Michael Facey, President of the  Kiwanis Club of Lauderdale Lakes:

First Prize Winner:
Ticket # 00587 purchased by Faye M  of Pembroke Pines

Second Prize Winner:
Ticket # 01808 purchased by David B of New York

Third Prize Winner:
Ticket # 03272 purchased by
Daisy P of Miami

The Board of Directors and Officers of the Caribbean Heart Menders wish to congratulate our winners and to express our sincere appreciation to everyone who supported this fundraiser which will assist our missions to "Mend Little Broken Hearts"

Scholarship Program

The CHMA scholarship fund was established in 2003 to provide finacial assistance to qualified candidates who are pursuing a career in a healthcare related field. Each year a special committe from CHMA selects a candidate from one of the Caribbean countries.

Click HERE to Download Scholarship Packet


Carol Clarke, RN

Norma Lyn, RN

Mary Lou Taylor, RN

Ming-Lon Young, MD, MPH



Eliot Rosenkranz, MD



Brenda Forrest, RN

Dr. Alan Wolpowitz, MD




Carlene Nugent, MBA, RN


Vice President

Barbara Sears, ARNP



Castora Wilson, RN



Lorna L. Betty, RN


Asst. Secretary

Pauline Jamieson, RN

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Recent Events

Fundraising Gala


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Marriott Coral Springs Hotel 

Golf & Country Club




Different ways you can help support us.


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Did you Know ?


According to the March of Dimes,

congenital heart defects are the #1 birth defect.



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Upcoming Trips


  1. Pediatric Surgical Mission to Dominican Republic
  2. Interventional Cardiology Mission to Panama
  3. Nursing Education

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