October 2017  -
Please Join Us to Celebrate the 
GW Heart & Vascular Institute's 8th Annual Medical Mission to Honduras

The GW Heart & Vascular Institute supported its Eighth Annual Med ical Mission to Honduras this September. The GW medical team led by Drs. Cynthia Tracy and Marco Mercader has become key to providing advanced care for patients with heart disease in Honduras, working in partnership with team members from Centro Medico Comayagua Colonial Hospital in Comayagua, Honduras. Our team screens and identifies patients in need of life-saving pace makers and defibrillators. The GW Mission is promoted nationwide through newspaper, radio and TV. This year, more than 200 Hondurans traveled from all 18 regions of the country  to see our medical team in Comayagua. 

Map of Honduras

Dr. Tracy recounts that many p atients arrive with  overwhelming fatigue and lightheadedness, having  heart rates of only 30 beats per minute. They leave with renewed energy, and in one case the ability to see clearly again.
Since its inception in 2010, the GW medical team has implanted more than 280 pacemakers and defibrillators. This year was a record-breaker, with our team implanting 50 devices, providing more than 200 patient consultations, and performing 100 echocardiograms in just nine days. The Mission operates using donated medical equipment and supplies valued at $700,000.
Your support is critical to continuing our work in Honduras. The Institute is hosting an event to highlight our annual medical mission on Saturday, November 4th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the George  Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. Join us to hear Drs. Cynthia Tracy and Marco Mercader present highlights of the Institute's record-bre aking mission and enjoy an overview of The Textile Museum collection from museum staff. Docent-led private tours will be offered of two new contemporary exhibits: The Box Project and Scraps .
Donate Now to support our annual medical mission. For more information on attending our upcoming event at The Textile Museum, please contact Jessica Johnson at jjohnson@mfa.gwu.edu .
About The Textile Museum Exhibits

THE BOX PROJECT , in partnership with the Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research with the Racine Art Museum, challenged thirty-six leading fiber artists worldwide to create a three-dimensional work to fit inside a standard box.
SCRAPS , organized by the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, presents the work of three designers who have pioneered creative approaches to recycling textiles: Luisa Cevese of Riedizioni in Milan; Christina Kim of dosa in Los Angeles; and Reiko Sudo of Nuno in Tokyo.

Gee's Bend tikdi textile,(detail), 2009. Designed by Christina Kim (American, b. South Korea 1957), produced by dosa, inc. (Los Angeles, California). @ dosa, inc. Images courtesy of The Textile Museum.

James Bassler (b. United States, active Palm Springs,California), Boxed Blocks (detail), 2004. Cotsen Collection, T-2492a-j. Photo by Bruce M. White. @ Lloyd Cotsen, 2016.